Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Didn't they read Red Son?

Blog Crush has this on the Superman movie:
Mike Dougherty and Dan Harris, the two credited screenwriters for 'Superman Returns' have changed Superman’s famous motto, "Truth, Justice and the American way", to "Truth Justice and ... all that stuff". Seriously. No, really.

Dan: "I don't think 'the American way' means what it meant in 1945." Mike: "He's not just for Metropolis and not just for America." Dan: "He's an alien, from Krypton; he has come to Earth to be kind of a savior for this world, not our country . . . And he has no papers." Mike: "What would happen with the immigration laws we have now?" Dan: "I'd like to see someone kick him out!"

Yes, yes, good for you two jackasses. Aren't you just so clever. I bet Stalin and Kim Jung-il couldn't be prouder.

(I would have written more about this but I'm just so angry right now, and when I tried it was just "dirty god damn hippies" and "god I hate Hollywood so much some days" for like 8 pages. Yes, "the American way" was fine in '45 when we were fire hosing little black kids trying to go to school and women couldn't vote, but not now that we're enforcing our hundred year old immigration laws. Yeah, that makes sense. You've clearly thought this out. Was it better then, is that what you're saying? So, for the record, you're for fire hosing blacks and against protecting the US. Okay, thanks Hollywood. I knew about the second one, but I just wanted to be clear.)

Kind of makes you long for a Frank Miller Batman to off the Big Red "S."

Whatever that means.


Angus Dwyer said...

Isn't this really about the importance of the overseas film market? The merits of our foreign policy aside, "the American way" isn't exactly a big seller in Europe and Asia right now. Why alienate the majority of your audience?

Anonymous said...

While we're at it, why bother defending ourself? Or our allies? Those pesky Israelis sure are unpopular in Europe and the Arab World. Let's just abandon our principles to make life a little easier. Or to make a little more money.

For the record, the only reason I'll be seeing Superman Returns is for the Spider-Man 3 trailer. That looks like the hotness.


arrScott said...

What kind of America-hating hothead is Blog Crush? 1945 was the year we destroyed two fascist empires. Is he not proud of winning WWII, or does he not believe that winning America's wars actually used to be part of the American way? I defy Blog Crush to find any little black kids who were firehosed for trying to go to school in 1945. Just one. That was a '50s thing. And women absolutely could vote in 1945; had done for 25 years.

Still, not sure if I'll see Superman Returns before video. Once I found out it had James Marsden, not James Marsters, I was all sort of "What's the point?" Marsden is like, "Hello, Clark, Tom Cruise's disembodied mouth, but without the acting talent." Plus, the new Superman outfit is a crime.

Anonymous said...

"Why alienate the majority of your audience?"

Good point! While they were at it, they should have replaced the big red "S" with a soccer ball I mean football. Or perhaps a star and crescent.