Being Apologetic Towards The Prospect of Superheroes

This is going off of something Dan Slott brought up some days ago on taking pride in the prospect of superheroes. Not being apologetic and ashamed of exploring what it is to be a superhero and letting lose with the creativity that comes with them.

When you tackle anything dealing with something comic from comics, or adapting something from the source material, what’s wrong with giving life to what is in that book? When someone who is a comicbook fan or the audience comes to see a superhero film, that is what they want to see when they sit down. There is never a justifiable reason for dancing around the concept of superheroes as if it’s form of storytelling doesn’t meet your standard. It has no disease and it surely won’t bite you if you try to explore it. I think this is something many have forgotten because they put storytelling to such a high standard that they forget the excitement that it’s really supposed to bring. The simplicity of it which doesn’t talk down to the audience but engages them in an adventure they are willing to take with you.

The fear I see is that everyone wants to be creative, they fear that anything close to what comes from the source material will hold back the quality of their work. That is false because no one is asking for that. What they want is that you embrace the world that superheroes come from. The over-the-top craziness that goes on that just can’t be explained. It’s understood that some have that mentality where everything has to be explained, yet the beauty of superheroes is that they accomplish what can’t be explained so easily. They defy odds, physics, the very things that make sense in reality. You take that away from them and you lose the magic that could be brought to screen. We are at that point in time where the world is opening up themselves to the world of comics, the world that these superheroes come from. So why not give them the full package? Show them that these are the same heroes that they dismissed beforehand and that they are as entertaining as we comic fans find them. They don’t need a new interpretation of the heroes we worship, they need to see what makes them worthy of worship.

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Slott really made the wheel spin in my head because as much as I adore comics, I know deep down that none of this is real. And when I see the interpretation of these heroes I expect to be reminded that they aren’t real. I don’t need someone trying to feed into my imagination of what could be possible in reality. That’s not what I need to see, it’s not what the audience needs to see. Treat them as if they are kids seeing these heroes for the first time and show them why they are special, what sets them apart from every other person in THAT world, not ours. No one is going to make fun of the director or writer for portraying these heroes as if he/she believes in them, it’s not as if this is high school and you have f=to be afraid to like them. It’s how you portray them that influences its reception. You make it fun and it is up to you to have fun with the prospect of superheroes.

Kick-Ass 2 did what many movies have not. It took that dream of being a superhero or vigilante and made it a reality. It toyed with the ideology of super-heroics and had fun with it. All the madness, freedom, excitement of being something and someone new when you put on that mask or costume. Show us why this is something we’d dream of doing. Show us that there are kick-ass female heroes out there, heroes of a different race, species, those who are aliens, and those who are human yet rise to the occasion.

This doesn’t just go for movies, this goes for anything that tries to portray the concept of superheroes. Animated movies, live action TV series, video games, cartoons, everything. They are what they are meant to be, and trying to water down the idea to appeal to those who want to over-complicate them can push the audience away. Take risks, shows that you are really a fan of the heroes that you’re working with and let that translate into whatever medium it’s being adapted to.

Jideobi is the Comic Editor at Analog Addiction where he writes all things comics and comic related(especially if X-Men). Also follow him on Twitter @Siphen0.

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