Sunday, 26 September 2010

Hollywood Babble On & On #601: Flushing The Flash

Welcome to the show folks...

Greg Berlanti is a screenwriter hired to adapt long running DC Comics character
The Flash for the movies. Mr. Berlanti has declared that his adaption will be dark, disturbing, and scary, like Se7en and The Silence of the Lambs .

As Perry White would say

I hope he was joking, because if he was serious,
he should be fired and someone else brought into the project, because it's obvious that he doesn't have a clue about what his job is supposed to be. If he's serious, then it means that when he saw The Dark Knight all he saw was the surface trappings because his head was too firmly wedged between his butt-cheeks.

You see there is a reason why
The Dark Knight did so well, and that's because it matched the spirit of the source material. The movies didn't directly adapt any specific Batman storyline, but they did understand the material well enough to adapt it in a way that served the source material well. Batman is dark, suspenseful, and loaded with moral ambiguity, so are the films. The first two Spider-Man movies were faithful to the spirit of the source material, and same with Iron Man, etc., etc....

Superman Returns wasn't faithful to the spirit of the source material. It turned the man of steel into a whiny little stalker, and the film was scorned by critics and fans accordingly.

The Flash is not about serial killers, mutilation and mind games, it's about Barry Allen, a forensic scientist who gets hit by lightning & bathed in electrified chemicals. That accident gives him superhuman speed and he decides to use it to fight colorfully costumed rogues using boomerangs, magic mirrors, and ice guns.

His most powerful arch-nemesis is a talking gorilla named Grodd, not a cannibal serial killer.

That's not to say that dark things can't happen. In the original run of the comic, The Flash/Barry Allen's wife Iris was murdered by his archenemy Professor Zoom. Years later when he tries to remarry, Zoom returns to kill his next wife. The Flash kills Zoom in the fight, gets put on trial for manslaughter, his bride-to-be goes bat-shit crazy, and he dies saving the Earth during the Crisis on Infinite Earths, to be reborn recently in the pages of DC Comics.

However, the spirit of the story is about a decent, pretty square fellow, trying hard to use his powers to do the right thing. While his life does fall apart in the original story, The Flash is not about horror, The Flash is about heroism.

So let's hope that either that guy was pulling an elaborate Joaquin Phoenix level hoax, or he should be fired out of a moving vehicle, and someone else brought in to save The Flash from being flushed.

If you'd like to learn more about
The Flash, check out the podcast Tom VS The Flash by Tom Katers, which is also available on iTunes.


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