I was watching some movies with my brother. We watched Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam. I told him that I didn’t like it because it’s only half an hour long and it follows the straight pattern of “child is weak” – “child gets picked on” – “child gets power” – “child fights evil and is strong again”. Don’t get me wrong, Superman is awesome and overall, the animation was awesome. I love superheroes; I think they’re awesome. In summary, I really don’t know anything about Captain Marvel other than the fact that he’s a kid that gets magical powers whenever he says “Shazam”; I could go on with my life calling him “Magic Superman” and nobody would say anything. If I really wanted to learn about Captain Marvel, I should read the comics; it’s just that this movie doesn’t explain much for anyone who knows nothing about Captain Marvel. Despite my personal opinion, my brother loved it and thought it was awesome.
Deep down inside, I realize that I am not the target audience for these type of movies. PG-13 movies sell more than any other genre; it is between the PG and R rating. I also believe that people rarely go to a movie theater to watch it alone; in this case, they’d rent or buy it online.
Non-Violent Superheroes on TV
It’s obvious that parents don’t want their children to watch anything that could shock them or have a negative effect on their upbringing; I don’t need kids to know that. For example, take a look at Batman: The Brave and the Bold on TV.
It’s just that I remember watching Spawn on TV when I was in high school. The first time I watched it, I was shocked by the violence, profanity, shadows, dark themes and its overall aggressive tone. It was canceled after 18 episodes; I assumed that HBO wanted to replace its late-night slot with a higher-rated show. I watched some episodes recently and hear the usual comments whenever anyone watches a show like this:
- “Eeeeekk! That’s horrible”
- “Why do you like these shows?”
- “That’s really twisted”
- “Can we watch something else?”
I think Todd McFarlane is a genius! He does plan on resurrecting the TV series and it is currently in “development hell”. I wish him luck and I really want to watch it uncensored; I hope it has the same strong writing and style the original had.
Whenever I watch any superhero movies, I watch it knowing it will have some corniness:
- Nobody dies; they just disappear or go to another dimension.
- Everyone’s power consists of martial arts, super strength, fire, lasers and speed.
- Money is EVIL!
I don’t feel that I’m being hateful or too harsh; I just know that I’m not the target audience. I think we’ve become so used to the family-friendly superhero image that we don’t question it anymore. I’ve also seen Batman: Under the Red Hood and I still like it.
I think another issue I have is that I stopped reading comic books! I remember I used to stop by the comic book store at a mall and spend $5 on a single comic book, going home and reading it. It’s really making me thinking about getting into that again.
In summary, I feel like I hate more movies than I like. I remember telling my brother that I hate District 9 because “it’s made for people who don’t understand science fiction”. I’m aware that it has themes of discrimination; it’s just a movie I didn’t like very much for different reasons.
I’m still a fan of Marvel and DC despite their ways of toning down the content for TV and film to reach a wider audience. I think the 2 Iron Man movies have great special effects. I feel that too much time is spent on showing that Tony Stark is a socially awkward; for an Iron Man movie, I personally don’t care about Tony Stark’s human side. Did you know that Iron Man was originally supposed to take place during the Cold War? It’s just whenever I watch anything, I can’t resist nitpicking and seeing the corny bits to make it appeal to more people without using mature themes. We’ve learned to accept it and it’s not something people question. Whenever I do, people look at me funny and it’s usually something I keep to myself.