The Superhero Fiasco


A common joke doing the rounds a couple of years back was that the measure of a man’s love for his woman was his willingness to sit through a romcom (especially Sex & The City, Confessions Of A Shopaholic & the Twilight series). By that same logic, I think I’ve achieved the status of devotion since I’ve sat through numerous superhero movies (we won’t talk about such disasters as Predators here).

A few months ago, I was made to endure the rather horrible The Green Hornet. Last month there was Green Lantern. And this weekend, we were taken to meet Captain America. I say we because The Third Toothbrush is the boy’s partner in comicbook crime and his girlfriend was made to suffer the same fate as me.

I quite happily ascribe to the stereotype of the girl who doesn’t get superhero stories. Capes, chaddi-over-tights, secret identities & stupid ‘smart’ gizmos are things best left to the boys. Still, there has been a Batman Begins & The Dark Knight which films I’d watch even reruns of. There is room to appeal to the non-fanbase through the medium of cinema.Green Lantern, I’m afraid did not do that. The boy tells me that there’s way more to the character of the green jewel-toting superhero but I didn’t see any of that in the movie, which was only a couple of smartish lines & Ryan Reynolds in a creepy green face mask (that made him look eerily like Hrithik Roshan).

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And then there was Captain America. I spent the first hour of the movie guffawing & ‘you-have-got-to-be-kidding-me’ ing and the remainder (nearly 2 more hours) shifting uncomfortably in the seats trying to fall asleep. Apparently this character was created as American propaganda but grew to story hero status through comics, a fact that’s referenced in the movie. I’m guessing the sepia feel to give it the authentic 1940s look was mighty appealing to a certain crowd too. But I struggled through the film, this even though I was flanked on either side by an enthusiastic fanboy supplying extraneous details & pointing out references. It just wasn’t an entertaining movie. Picking a popular theme does not guarantee a good movie. I just call it lazy film-making & a film-maker who tests my patience this way pushes me from indifference into outright loathing.

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I spent much of the last hour, ready to bolt. But noooo! Every potential end stretched into another extension! And finally, when the credits began rolling, I almost couldn’t believe my good luck. And then again, my hopes were crushed cruelly. We were made to sit through the 15-minute credit rolling, watching the names of every spotboy & extra (Lady with dog, man in trenchcoat 1, man in trenchcoat 2). All for a 5-second trailer of the upcoming Avengers movie that has apparently been tagged on to the end of every Marvel comics movie of the recent years. The boy & BBB maintain that it was worth it. Well, let’s see what they say when we’re buying 4 tickets for the next Shopaholic movie.

Cover of "Confessions of a Shopaholic"

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7 thoughts on “The Superhero Fiasco

  1. Meher August 22, 2011 at 14:14 Reply

    haha, true story, that. I thought’s the green lantern was terrible.
    But then again, Batman is my one and only favourite superhero , and there’s also the Christopher Nolan factor.
    Most of the chaddi-over-tights superheros don’t make sense.

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    • IdeaSmith August 23, 2011 at 00:57 Reply

      @Meher: I think it is entirely the Christopher Nolan factor. Remember the earlier (horrid) renditions of Batman?

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  2. desibitch August 22, 2011 at 14:18 Reply

    LOL. I loved your post mostly because superhero movies are my #2 favorite, close behind action/crime/chase movies. 😀 It’s funny to get the opposite p.o.v.
    I was really cut up to miss Captain America. We have vowed to get the foreign DVD with no edits to make up for the sad turn of events with the distributors’ row in getting it to the cinemas here properly 😉 And yes, I make my friends sit through the credits for the comebacks. It’s the rule, re!

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    • IdeaSmith August 23, 2011 at 00:57 Reply

      @desibitch: 😀 If you say so. I didn’t have a choice!

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  3. Sanjita Bhargavi August 22, 2011 at 14:30 Reply

    Wonder what people will have to say when they see SRK in the chaddi-over-thighs avatar soon in Ra1 (I dont know what kind of a name that is! Anybody any idea? )..!

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    • IdeaSmith August 23, 2011 at 00:59 Reply

      @Sanjita Bhargavi: LOL! That’s definitely one to watch out for. From the promos, it looks like it’ll be a copy of Rajnikant’s Robot…a machine gone rogue. I’m guessing Ra.One is some kind of a fancy acryonym with a ‘version 1’ tacked on to the end just to pun on the Raavan theme.

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      • Sanjita Bhargavi August 23, 2011 at 01:30

        Hmm.. that sounds interesting! Dint quite reckon the raavan theme as a ‘superhero’.. Lets see.. what we’ll have in store! 🙂

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