Dark Knight Rises Reviewers’ Lives Threatened

So it has come to this.

Why so serious?

In case you’re not familiar with the webcomic XKCD, that means I’ve been rendered a bit speechless. Rotten Tomatoes, the movie review site that collates reviews from all over and combines them into a critic score (and later allows the audience to score the movie) has been posting its collected advance reviews for The Dark Knight Rises, debuting at 12:01 AM Friday morning.

This has led to a pack of raving idiots bashing, trolling, and even death-threatening reviewers who have given it a less-than-positive review. Let’s face it:  Christopher Nolan set the bar pretty darn high with The Dark Knight, so expectations have never been higher. People have a strong attachment to Batman. People love Batman. People loved that movie, from its creepy-as-all-get-out depiction of the Joker to the thematic elements and other jargon that I’m not going to pretend I know much about.

But death threats? Is this what we’ve come to, internet?

(I guess that’s someone’s cue to “You Must Be New Here” me).

To anyone outraged that The Dark Knight Rises has been getting negative reviews, I have a few logical questions to ask you, and then I’m done until I review the damn movie myself in the wee hours of the morning on Friday.

Have you seen the movie?

Having seen or not seen it, can you distance yourself enough from your emotional attachment to the character to determine whether or not it’s a good movie? (Because seriously, I’ve read so many comics in the last few years that I started to lose touch with what a “good” comic was, maybe that’s the case here).

If the answer is “no” to either one of these questions…stop bashing and death-threatening. If the answer is “yes” to either one of these questions…still stop bashing and death-threatening. It’s embarrassing.

As with any and all preemptive reviews, you have to take them with a grain of salt. If you’re dead-set on seeing it no matter what the critics say, well, why aren’t you waiting until you watch the movie yourself anyway?

Stop angsting. Stop freaking out. Just wait and watch the freakin’ movie.

Maybe…just maybe these reviewers are right. And now, just for suggesting that, I’m going to go hide from the internet for a while.

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Earth One vs. Season One

DC and Marvel definitely like to take each other’s “good” ideas. Take, for example, DC’s “Earth One” series of graphic novels. Starting simply with just Superman and Batman, the goal is to, y’know Ultimatize the origins of these characters and tell a more accessible version for a modern audience. Superman: Earth One rocketed off the shelves. Volume 2 is expected this fall. Batman: Earth One is scheduled for this summer.

In response, Marvel launched its Season One series of graphic novels which, well, haven’t had as much success so far (at least as far as I understand) in comparison. Launched with the same binding and design, the Season One graphic novels are even named similarly and…yeah. I picked up Fantastic Four: Season One and found out that the already-thin volume includes 22 pages of another issue of the regular series that I already own.

I can definitely say that DC’s books are more of a financial and readership success. Really, my question is why did Marvel even bother? They already did Ultimate versions of these characters that are already no longer relevant to their target audience. In the end, I guess everything is cyclical.

To be honest, there’s not much thought to this post. It exists mainly to convey my frustration that Marvel attempted to piggyback onto DC’s success and dropped the ball entirely.

Ugh.