Warner Brothers has bought the rights to make a movie based on Jeff Smith’s Bone series. Oh, please, oh, please, let this work out better than the Nickelodeon deal did.
Why I don’t care about the Watchmen movie
Oh, I’m gonna go see it, but I’m really not invested in whether it’s good or bad. That’s because for all its genius, its point was horribly misunderstood by the superhero creators it influenced and ushered in an era of overly violent, “realistic” superhero comics that we’re still trying to live down today.
Watchmen wasn’t saying that superhero stories should be all “mature” and gritty. I believe the point was to show how ridiculous they’d be if they continued down that road. But of course it only pushed them further in that direction and I’m not sure that all the blame can be placed on the readers for not getting it. After all, the first thing we learned in Communications 101 was that if a message doesn’t get through to the listener, it’s not the listener’s fault but the communicator’s.
Or maybe I’m the one who missed the point. But I don’t think so.
Either way, Watchmen: very important influence in comics and enjoyable in its own right, but definitely not one of my favorites. And that’s why I can’t get all excited either positively or negatively about the movie costumes.
Besides, I agree with Mike Sterling that the only superhero costume worth considering is this one right here.
(Okay, that’s not at all what he said, but I’m taking his point and running with it.)