If it's crap ... We'll tell you
I had grown up only seeing the '90s Kevin Conroy (Best Batman voice ever) cartoon and the George Clooney Batman. I started to hate Clooney Batman more and more as I grew older and vice versa for Conroy Batman (Seen all episodes at least once and Arkham Asylum pwns).
I eventually saw silver age comic parody West Batman, but I did not like it. I've grown up liking my Batman fairly non-campy.
I remember when I first saw Dark Knight and I was blown away. Seeing any resemblance to my favorite "super" hero and villian on the big screen in a serious film duking it out dropped my jaw. On my 2nd in theatre viewing with my non comic book fan dad, my opinion started to change. While the movie's fantastic gritty FXs and Ledger's greatest performance still wow me today, the flaws of the movie became apparent. Why did Batman sound like a bullfrog with throat cancer, why did the Dark Knight burst into hostage situations wildly and not with stealth and cunning (EMP 'nade or turn off lights in the House Party joker takeover scence and use nightvision to pound Joker and avoid his deadly guns), and Why not spare 2face, formerly a good man, and defeat him by taking his coin instead of killing him (contrived plot point).
Months after TDK's release me and bro laughed at Growl Batman parodies. Only after the film's release did the negative aspects of the film surface, but I still respect the film for bringing serious superheroes to the mainstream.
Whats the point of being up TDK? Because it is a perfect example of a movie that got perfect reviews by early screencers.
Kick-ass, Mark Millar's latest superhero comic to movie, is about to be released the world. We comic and movie geeks bite our nails hope as we hope this film doesn't dissapoint.
Why am I nervous? Because I enjoyed the first 8 comics of Kick-ass, but I had problems. I view the series as a comedy with action but with better timing than West's Batman. The first 3 books of Kick-ass were addictive, funny, and action packed. Seeing a mildly insane, skinny, teenage, boy nearly die of a stabbing than barely defeat a pack of thugs with his signature lead-pipes was awesome. I must give Millar his dues for making me cheer, cry, and roll my eyes (like why dont the crooks shoot our hero) in the span of 40 pages.
Now for the problems with the comic. The first 3 brilliant comics danced on the border of reality, but that all changed when a certain 10 year old girl serial killer showed up, Hit-girl. Millar, in my humble opinion, should have sticked with gritty action with light humor. It seemed like I was reading a Super-girl comic, it was just as plausible. Hit girl is a walking shock value. This was a cheap trick on Millar's part.
I could hold my disbeleif a little better if Hit girl was a teenager, but hey thats me. What made Kick-ass so great is seeing a boy in near-realistic world fighting thugs in an unorthodox frenzy. Hit-girl's perfect ballet of death and her gun cacta, and super magic drugs just go too far out there.
I'm hearing only positive reviews of early screeners, but I worry. I have heard of Kick ass and Hit girl riding a jet pack?! This is worrying. I guess I'll see April 16. Dont screw this up Nic Cage!
OH yeah, Millar, why are there no black heroes(Most of us, even in fiction, know we would die or be arrested)? lol
Good or bad, I can't wait to see this. I know my brother is gonna bust my balls if it sucks lol.