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Are "Comic Book" Movies Respectable Now? - 8/8/2012 7:56:19 PM   
chris kilby


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The most “revolutionary” thing about Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy though is it completed a process which began with Star Wars 35 years ago. While The Theatrical Knight, Alec Guinness, was clearly miffed (if well-reimbursed) that Obi-Wan Kenobi ended up overshadowing the rest of his distinguished acting career, he made it acceptable for ac-tors of the calibre of his fellow Shakespeareans Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen to appear in films like this.

To the point that Batman is now played by an Oscar winner and helmed by a director who has rightly been compared with Kubrick. Comic book movies are no longer “kids’ stuff” (not that there’s anything wrong with kids’ stuff) and Batman is no longer considered a joke. We’ve come a long way from Adam West. It only took about 50 years. Doubtless there are still those who would claim that comic book movies’ new-found critical respectability is further proof that popular culture has “dumbed down.” But I say it’s wised up and finally caught up with Frank Miller and Alan Moore. And that only took 25 years!

Sir Alec might have thought he was slumming it, but Christian, Patrick and Ian (and Michael, Robert, Mark and Andrew) clearly don’t. Like a reformed vigilante, super-hero movies are respectable now. Being a geek, generally, is more socially acceptable now. I remember when openly discussing this stuff in public with “normal” people was like talking about pornography. Now with high-profile geeks from Tarantino to Whedon, Pegg to Tennant (with girlfriends and everything – I went to school with Pegg’s missus!) geek is now chic. The geek really has inherited the earth!
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RE: Are "Comic Book" Movies Respectable Now? - 8/8/2012 9:09:57 PM   

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I can't see how this is wildly different to the other thread you just posted. Feel free to copy this text over to that thread, but it's essentially doubling up the same basic topic.


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