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Old 05-03-08, 09:52 AM
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Super hero origin tales - love or hate?

I've been reading Iron Man reviews as well as some other threads and it seems a lot of people dont really like spending time on the origin tales and 'want to get down to business'.

Personally the origin tales are my favorite part and I find the final battles kind of predictable and meh.. You KNOW there is a baddie and he's so much bigger/badder/more powerful, our hero gets slapped around bit last minute still beats the villain..

I just like seing the 'character transformation' where they came from etc.

Am I alone?
Old 05-03-08, 10:08 AM
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I like 'em but pacing seems to suffer because of it at times. I think that's why you see the sequels (second one in the series at least) get as much love, or even more, than the original. The origin is out of the way and now they get down to the story and action. For me, Spider-Man 2, X2 and Superman II are some of my favorite superhero movies and if the trailers are any indication, The Dark Knight could be right there as well.
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When considering the question there may be different answers when one is talking about film origin stories as opposed to comic book origin tales and again between those who know the comic book origin and who then go to see the film.

I saw Iron Man with a pal yesterday and I was fine with it but she thought it was a bit drawn out and not as "fun" say as Superman or whatever. She even preferred the Batman origin tale of last century, not having seen the latest.

Now I would say that I liked the latest Batman origin and saw similarities in the way that it and Iron Man were put together. I left each film thinking that this was the start of a series and was happy with the prospect.

Spiderman kind of disappointed me overall as a long time fan. The origin was "ok" but the whole picture was too melodramatic for my taste. I forced myself to see the second film, not an origin tale of course, and ignored the third. I enjoyed Daredevil.

I missed Hulk at the cinema and have yet to play my DVD of it. Likewise, I've not seen the latest Superman re-imagining. Or Elektra.

In short.... it depends.

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I like 'em. As long as they're done right I always enjoy seeing how my favorite comic book heroes came to be.
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I don't like how they're all the same. I would put together a comic book movie like Tarantino would. I'd have the hero in full strength and then use flashbacks to tell the story. Every comic book movie is linear and runs in a straight line.
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Not all of them adhere to the origin half. Ones that used the flashback method were Blade and Daredevil, and those worked for the most part (yeah, I know probably most hated DD because of Affleck, but I thought it was decent enough).

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