It’s probably the best time ever to be a comic book fan, for the movies and shows that is.
Here is the first glimpse of Batman versus Superman:
I am not as blown away by it as I should be, but damn that Batman voice is awesome and so is the costume. (I mean: look at the preview picture in the youtube video above – look at it!)
Let’s take a little detour. I finished House of Cards Season 3. Netflix by far makes the sexiest looking TV shows, but Francis Underwood‘s rise to power or and the shaking house of cards he built loses a bit of drive here. Mainly the lack of fourth wall breaking bothers me in this one. I do understand that this is due to him being not as comfortable anymore, but go do I miss that. Solid, but after the superb Season 2 this did not make me anticipate the next season as much.
Now back to the topic. It’s the heyday of comic book movies and shows. My latest binge watch was Marvel’s Daredevil on Netflix. While I barely remember the Daredevil movie with the future Batman, it was definitely not as bad as the non-existent Catwoman movie. I have yet to see the directors cut of the Affleck installment.
Daredevil is dark, violent, well-acted, well-choreographed, visually impressive and full of heart.That is the short version. I was only semi-excited before this came out, as the promo material looked, for the lack of a better word, cheesy. The show definitely is not. It’s everything that Arrow was meant to be. There is no awkward romance, there is the Batman like qualities that you know from Batman Begins and The Dark Knight Returns and the best fight choreography with steady cams and impressive, as well as believable fights since The Raid. I can see how people dislike Arrow, Oliver is always brooding and inexplicably unable to rely on friends (no, I don’t buy that), he also bangs every woman in the show left and right and is a discount Batman with all his villains. Love triangles galore and cringe worthy dialogue here and there. All that being said, I still enjoy the show, though I like the more light hearted and better written and acted Flash show a ton more.
Now let’s get into the details. Daredevil has this hallway fight scene that completely seals the deal in terms of fight choreography, it is a nice homage to one of my favorite movies Oldboy, but read more about it here. My girlfriend said something that makes sense (she does make sense a lot): Charlie Cox is not a scene stealer, sometimes not even super likable, but that is why he is so great, everyone has a chance to shine in that show. Even Foggy, who I wasn’t convinced off in the first place makes absolute sense once you watch the emotional and heartfelt Nelson v. Murdock episode. Great stuff!
Another thing everyone will love the shit out of: Vincent D’Onofrio as Wilson Fisk aka Kingpin. It is questionably the best depiction of a Marvel villain on screen. You feel for him, you feel with him and he has motivations that are not too distant from the ones the hero has, only different means. My girlfriend likes him for his dedication to his girlfriend…
Again the show is awesome and better than all the other superhero shows currently on air. Gotham and the Flash still have a place but for the moment Marvel took the cake. So do yourself a favor and watch it.
I can watch all those shows for free here in China (legally) but sometimes there are major cuts. China is not a fan of boobies, beheadings (or other hypocritical censorship options) and dying horses (The Walking Dead) but they are somehow completely fine with showing footage of people suffocating between elevator doors shown in the metro.