I will never, ever drink coffee while reading The New York Times’s Sunday Review section. Before I run out for more Lemon Pledge to clean off my coffee table, I had to respond to his article today, “Waiting for Wonder Woman.”
His point is well taken. Without wading into the “Gal Gadot is too scrawny to hold up Diana Prince‘s bustier” controversy (I’ll stipulate that Bruni has far more class than Your Humble Narrator), he bemoans that there’s no actual Wonder Woman movie, just a supporting role in the upcoming Henry Cavill-Ben Affleck pissing contest.
But then he displays his complete know-nothingness of the entire genre.
I’ve been trying to correct him gently as a comment on the article on the Times’s site, but for the past 20 minutes its server has not cooperated. Maybe you’ll see the following there, maybe not. If you don’t, could you try re-posting it for me or explain a similar point to Mr. Bruni? Try to be nice. Don’t use terms like “Johnny Apple knockoff” or “over-promoted food critic” or “can’t be bothered to do five minutes worth of research”.
Mr. Bruni, I utterly agree with your point, but you are — with all due respect — uninformed about the context containing it. By that I mean the particular slice of pop culture that is superhero comics.
As the cinematic achievements of the Batman and Spider-Man franchises have demonstrated, this world is not without craft, substance and subtlety. It might not have always been a true art form, but it has evolved into one as surely as graffiti has. So it takes me out of your argument when you display your ignorance and disdain for it.
Marvel’s Ant-Man is an easy target for “mundanes” because of the unfortunate name and seeming minimalist power. (DC’s analogous “The Atom” doesn’t suffer the same derision for some reason.) Still, if you were familiar with the character, a highly complicated and conflicted man named Henry Pym, you’d be asking why his story hasn’t hit the screen before now.
Ant-Man was an Avenger and, considering the box-office success of the recent film centering on that team — and the spate of tied-in movies before and since — it was inevitable that this project would get green lighted (green lanterned?).
Oh, and speaking of the Avengers, they once had a member who was had the martial arts skills to spar with Captain America and the instinct for finding pressure points that enabled her to bring down someone with Thor’s level of power. She could start fires with her mind. She could talk to plants. For diversity’s sake, she was Asian.
Her name was Mantis.
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