“DC’s movie plans could sink the superhero genre”
I like what Marvel and DC have been doing, especially Marvel’s foray into TV. DC hasn’t figured out the motion picture world yet, with the exception of the Dark Knight trilogy. Would rather Marvel get control of the properties that Fox has control of. With a few exceptions, most notably the earlier X- Men movies, there has been a lot of wrong done to some fine characters.
Thanks to all for your intelligent responses. Me, I don’t see too many problems with lots of Marvel films, for instance, because they can be generally be enjoyed as standalone adventures. What bugs me is all this splitting the final part of a trilogy in two – that all too often smacks of desperately wringing cash from fans and usually makes for a very boring and unsatisfying Part 1.
DAY OF THE ANIMALS
Just read the strangest thing: The Other Dead has been picked up for TV. Not that strange as the comic is pretty fun and has a good premise. The strange bit is that it’s been optioned by Animal Planet. Really? This could be a step too far. It might be inspired but this could be more Z Nation than Walking Dead if dealt with by people who don’t have any dealings with genre shows. Could be fun to see, though.
Mike Garner, Moorends
I’d never heard of The Other Dead until I looked it up just then. Zombie animals? Hah, sounds a laugh! ( Oh how I wish I could resurrect Sherbert, my childhood guinea pig. Where are you Sherbert, where are you…?)
I enjoyed your interview with Billy Connolly in SFX 257, talking about flying Peter Jackson’s World War Two planes with Stephen Fry. It made me hope for a future Peter Jackson movie involving warbirds, perhaps in an alternative history or retro- futuristic setting. Hmmm…
Just the one? He’d surely be looking at three films at least, maybe seven.
LICENCE TO SWEAR
I wasn’t that interested in Kingsman before but having read the article in your latest issue I’ve changed my mind. Just one worry though – is it going to be as filled with as many expletives as KickAss because that really took away from my enjoyment of that film.
Shark Oh, it’s as wearisomely potty mouthed as you’d expect, and a very deserving 15 – in fact, no one over that age should see its soulless, juvenile, smug antics.
Did everyone else see an action man Alan Carr in this picture from your story on Kingsman in issue 257, or was that just me?
Harold Okafor- Withers
Not just you!
I watched Atlantis always hoping it would get a bit better, but it never really got going as well as I had hoped. Still, it was a lot better than that insipid Robin Hood they did a few years ago. The Beeb need to get on board with a Star Wars type thing ready for the end of the year to cash in on the new movie furore in December.
Keith Heeney While the show never really managed to live up to the potential it seemed to have on paper and cancellation isn’t a total surprise, it does seem like the BBC is starting to develop Fox- like cancellation reflexes, what with this, In The Flesh and even Ripper Street ( yeah, not genre, I know, but another big hitter that got spiked).
I guess “everything has its time and everything dies”. Let’s hope they at least give the show a proper wrap- up.
THE GOOD DOCTOR
First of all I want to apologise for my lousy English, I’m writing from Mexico.
I’m just 45 years old, I’ve been a fan of Doctor Who since Tom Baker; what a wonderful childhood I had, really!
This last Christmas was a very sad Christmas for all my family and myself. We all were celebrating and about ten o’clock in the night one of my cousins fell down and died in front of all of us. He was 56 years old and he hadn’t seen the whole family for a couple of years and seeing all of us was one of his wishes this year.
So, we spend Christmas at a funeral, and on Boxing Day we finished all the funeral services; some of my friends spend the rest of the day with me until the next day, the 27th, when I realised I hadn’t seen the Doctor Who Christmas Special. What can I tell you? It made cry, for my cousin it was his “Last Christmas”. But it was for all of us, wasn’t it?
I was really worried that Christmas will never be the same after this year, but the message that the Doctor taught us this year was the right one and made it a very special holiday, one Christmas I’ll never forget and I’ll treasure forever not because my dear cousin died, but because I could see him happy for a one last Christmas with all his family.
Ignacio Loranca, Mexico
Amen to that, Ignacio.
SUICIDE SQUAD SUCKS
I’m wary of DC’s movie plans. They could sink the whole superhero movie genre! The rush into their own version of The Avengers seemed bad enough. But a new Joker debuting outside of a Batman film? Will Smith as Deadshot? I’m unsure about this…
Fair points, and the rumoured Sinister Six film worries me too. Can villains on their own really make a complete movie?
FILE UNDER NOT INTERESTED
New X- Files? Don’t bother. It went on five seasons too long first time, and is now the poster child for a once- loved show that carried on too long – now I can’t stand to watch it at all. Leave another ten years and then reboot it. Make sure you have the lead actors signed for a full run so they don’t jump ship.
Got to be better than another series of The X Factor though. Files over Factor any day.
What’s to come the day after the Knight before?
Next month: Graham Norton as Daniel Craig.
Atlantis: limping to a conclusion?