This is an interesting statement that will no doubt fuel the DC fans’ fire and create an even further gap between fans of Marvel and DC, which is unfortunate. I don’t know if he meant to say it to cause such ripples, but nonetheless, he did.
I actually think the big problem for them is the characters are just too out of date. The characters were created 75 years ago, even the newest major character was created 68 years ago, so they’re in a really weird time.
Now the stuff I grew up with… I adored the DC stuff growing up but really, how do you do a movie about Green Lantern. His power is that he manifests green plasma from his imagination and uses them as weapons against someone? Even that in itself if you just imagine then watching a fight scene with a guy who’s like a hundred feet away making plasma manifestations fight someone – it’s not exactly raucous, getting up close and personal.
The Flash has door handles on the side of his mask and if he doesn’t wear that mask, I’ll be pissed off, you know what I mean? They’re in a weird, weird situation – if you’ve got a guy who moves at the speed of light up against the Weather Wizard and Captain Cold or whatever, then your movie’s over in two seconds.
You can get away with stuff in comics that in live action’s just a bit sucky – the best one is definitely Aquaman. Aquaman can’t even talk under water. If you think about it in comics it’s fine, you just have a speech balloon, but how do you have Atlantis and people talking under water? Are they gonna talking telepathically? Is it going to be body forms? The actual logistics of each member of the Justice League is disastrous, and you put them all together and I think you get an excellent way of losing $200 million.
There are some things that he says are understandable. As fans, you want what makes these superheroes distinguishable, so to show The Flash without the wings on his mask can definitely cause a stir. However, for him to say the characters are out of date might be presuming too much. They’ve already shown success with Batman. Arrow, and his villains, have done successfully on the small screen. From what we’ve seen of Man of Steel, it looks good and none too cheesy. Albeit there are reasons that some of them might not translate well on film if they wanted to keep the characters pure, but sometimes you have to wield a little in order to gain a lot. It’s just a matter of doing it tastefully and with much, much thought.
So, what do you think? Do you think Mark has a point? Would you want to see The Flash in an updated version of his suit, sans wings?