February 2 2018

Can we all just get along?

It’s 2018 and it is time for everyone to just realize we are living in the golden age of comic book movies.

There was a time where I was actually excited for the Dolph Lundgren Punisher movie. (And then I saw it…) I was excited because no one was doing comic book movies. Sure, we had Batman, but that was it. In the 1980s and 1990s, though, you were happy for any comic book movie. It made no difference what it was.

Then 10 years ago Marvel launched the MCU and the whole thing was turned on its head. Now you can’t swing an Infinity Gauntlet without hitting a comic book movie, and that is giving rise to something I think we all just need to agree has to end.

In case you missed it on Thursday, there was a group of DC movie fans planning to intentionally drive down the audience score of Black Panther on Rotten Tomatoes. The Facebook page has now been shut down, but I’m sure it will rise up somewhere else. The basic premise was that Disney has somehow turned everyone against the DC Extended Universe and it was time for them to catch some of the heat. The group also claimed to be behind driving down the score of Star Wars The Last Jedi.

Look… this truly is the golden age of comic book movies. Instead of getting hurt feelings because your universe isn’t doing as well, why not just celebrate what is doing well? No one wants the DCEU to do better than me. I have always preferred DC’s books to Marvels and have always find the characters far more layered and interesting.

That being said… the movies are horrible. They are CGI nightmares with non-sensical sub-plots and bad characterizations.

Instead of trying to bring someone else down, bring your camp up. Let Warner Brothers know how you feel. Vote with your wallet and don’t continue to support them.

Or, here is another idea… just don’t have a camp. Watch what you enjoy and realize that not everything made is made for you specifically. I watch a lot of movies across a ton of genres, but I personally find most Westerns sleep-inducing. Fine, they aren’t for me. I don’t feel a need to tell people how wrong they are for watching them or trying to sabotage them. There is plenty out there for me to watch, and I’ll just skip them. No harm, no foul.

I haven’t seen Black Panther. I have no clue if it’s a good film, a mediocre film, or a horrible film, but I’m going into it with even expectations and I hope I enjoy it. If I don’t, believe me, you’ll hear about it. But to attack it just because it’s not what you want? This isn’t the 1980s, the fan boy wars between DC and Marvel were bad enough, they don’t need to live on.

If you somehow feel wronged by the way the DCEU has gone, I’m sorry, but you’re better off directing your energies at Warner Brothers and telling it to up its game. Or just learn to enjoy movies for what they are, and that’s entertainment.

… and please let me finally watch a DCEU movie where I don’t end up smacking myself in the forehead at least three times.

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