“A point of view can be a dangerous luxury when substituted for insight and understanding.” – Marshall McLuhan
I have a message for all of my fellow Comic Book Movie Fans: Stop being disappointed before you watch the movie!
For example, the latest X-Men movie, Days of Future Past, released in foreign countries the world over (before debuting in the United States) and had NO BAD PRESS. NONE. No bad reviews, non-spoiler previews, or general comic book community gossip…except Quicksilver’s overall look/costume/hair style…was a very solid indicator that this was going to be good. But why don’t we believe that?
I have an all-to-simple answer: we’re used to it.
After years of unrealistic expectations, beyond the technology or the industry’s knowledge of comic book movie done right, we were left heartbroken time and again. Daredevil. The Punisher. Ghost Rider. The Hulk. Green Lantern. The list (unfortunately) goes on.
Fifteen years ago, when Bryan Singer’s ‘X-MEN’ debuted, I think we X-Men fans WERE expecting too much too early. We wanted the tradition Blue and Yellow costumes. We wanted Patrick Stewart as Professor X (we got our wish on that one!). We even wanted the entire of the animated series (Gambit, Jubilee, Beast, etc.) and the Sentinels in this very first film! It was the first and our expectations were through the roof! Remember, X-MEN 1 predated Sam Raimi’s ‘Spider-Man’ and post-dated Tim Burton’s ‘Batman Returns’ by almost a decade…
We didn’t care that graphic design hadn’t caught up to the excellent standard we have in 2014. It’s funny how hard we would have pushed for the towering Sentinels to be realized by the year 2000’s computer graphics. Then, as the piranhas we can sometimes be, would have turned around and lambasted these guys for mangling and maligning the very robotic villains our desire put on-screen.
Over the last ten years or so, the practice of making these movies and putting the right people in position to produce them has fostered a better product.
As time goes on, then we, as those fans, should show a little more faith.
Instead of our (usual) default of cynicism, criticism built on subjective tastes, and fanaticism for something we don’t own.
We love it…these characters, their worlds, the conflict, the super-powered action sequences and primarily, their stories.
And please try to turn the volume down on your expectations.
Ultimately, let us not confuse love for ownership…and our faith will be rewarded (like a notable comic book character once said).
Latch on to that…
Bye for now, KS.
I think we X-Men fans WERE expecting too much too early. Now, the practice of making these movies and putting the right people in position to produce better product as time goes on then we, as those fans, should show a little more faith. Instead of the default of cynicism, criticism built on subjective tastes, and fanaticism for something we don’t own. Latch on to that…”