I finally saw The Amazing Spider-Man the other day. It was way more like what I expect from Spider-Man than the first versions. I really liked that first Spider-Man movie, and each one after significantly less… I didn’t have a lot of hope for the new one, and it’s harldy perfect, but on balance it’s a better version of the idea, I think. The kicker after the credits really bothered me though. It had the feeling of something preparing to jump sharks. I guess we’ll see soon enough. The whole thing had a much more “post Iron Man” feel to it at least. I’d love to see them at least reference Spidey in the other Marvel movies.
Marvel and DC are kind of mirrored in a way. The point is arguable, but stay with me a minute. It’s like, the Marvel Animated stuff tends to fall a little short. Some of it is almost as good as it could be, but not quite. With the exception of Iron Man Armored Adventures, which is above average IMO. I haven’t seen the new Spider Man cartoon, but all the older stuff kind of misses the mark with me. I haven’t seen their direct to DVD animated stuff because of this, so my data is incomplete at best. I haven’t been able to bring myself to try any of it because I expect it to fail. On the other hand, the Marvel movies, post Iron Man, have been as close to just right as we’re likely to get.
For DC this is all reversed. The animated stuff with a few exceptions has been the best, but the movies are never quite right. I know everyone pisses themselved for the Nolan Batman, but they never clicked with me. They still strike me as superheroes as seen through the eyes of people who hate nerds. Comics filtered through the hands of the cool kids, if you will. I know people will disagree with me on this, that’s just how I see it. Anyway, DC has pretty much owned comic animation for nearly, what, two decades at least? I feel like The Batman was a misstep, but that’s about all I can think of, and even then I’m not sure. I watched very little and it was hardly repellant. I loved Teen Titans and Young Justice has been spectacular. I wasn’t sure about the Green Lantern series at first, but it’s turned out to be pretty rivetting.
Of course both of them have become completely seperated from the print stuff for me. Whenever something happens with the actual comics I’m a little bit surprised because you’d think, based on the movies or animation, that the comics would have gotten over a lot of the stuff that makes people mad, like sexism or what have you. There must be some kind of disconnect going on there though.
Anyway, that’s just what it seems like to me. Maybe I’m way off base here. It doesn’t feel like it though. Marvel animation can keep sucking as long as the movies are still good, and vice verca for DC. As long as the stuff I like for each one keeps being good I’m fine with the status quo. I’d hate for a shake up to ruin something that was just fine as it is.