Posted on Monday, August 5th, 2013 by Angie Han
As Us Weekly‘s familiar refrain goes, celebrities are just like us! They, too, like to check out the summer’s big studio releases and then talk about their opinions afterward. The difference is that when the famous people in question are comic book writer Grant Morrison and filmmaker David Gordon Green, they’re weighing in as pop culture creators, not just consumers.
Morrison, whose works include the DC Comics series All-Star Superman, recently offered his ambivalent thoughts on Supes’ latest big-screen outing Man of Steel. Meanwhile, Green professed to liking Pacific Rim, though he had one major complaint. Hit the jump to see their comments.
In a pop culture diary for Vulture, Green revealed that he’d seen Pacific Rim on July 14, two days after its U.S. opening. “I liked it, but I don’t know why big summer movies have to be so long,” he wrote. He had a similar complaint about another major summer movie, The Lone Ranger. “It was an hour too long, but there was some amazing stuff in there, especially the sequence with the train,” he commented.
For reference, Pacific Rim clocked in at 131 minutes, while The Lone Ranger ran even longer at 149 minutes. In contrast, Gordon’s films have ranged from 81 minutes (The Sitter) to 111 minutes (Pineapple Express). Granted, none of them were epic action franchises, but at least he can’t be accused of hypocrisy.
Morrison went much more in-depth in his discussion of Man of Steel with USA Today. Be warned that spoilers for the movie follow from here on out.
I kinda liked it and kinda didn’t, to be honest. I feel bad because I like [director] Zack Snyder and [writer] David Goyer, and [star] Henry Cavill was really good. But it felt like one of those ones where it’s like, “Bring on the second movie now that you’ve done this,” and I don’t need to see that as someone who knows all I know about Superman. For me, it was a bit “seen it before,” no matter how they tried to make it a little bit different. I’m more looking forward to the Dark Knight version of Superman, the next one, where hopefully it will have Lex Luthor and be some fantastic second act.
It’s a credible Superman for now. But I’m not sure about the killing thing. I don’t want to sound like some fuddy-duddy Silver Age apologist but I’ve noticed a lot recently of people saying Batman should kill the Joker and, yeah, Superman should kill, he should make the tough moral decisions we all have to make every day. I don’t know about you, but the last moral decision I made didn’t have anything to do with killing people. And I don’t think many of us ever have to make the decision whether or not to kill. In fact, the more you think about it, unless you’re in one of the Armed Forces, killing is illegal and immoral. Why would we want our superheroes to do that?
There is a certain demand for it, but I just keep wondering why people insist that this is the sort of thing we’d all do if we were in Superman’s place and had to make the tough decision and we’d kill Zod. Would we? Very few of us have ever killed anything. What is this weird bloodlust in watching our superheroes kill the villains?
Morrison isn’t the first person to express discomfort with that aspect of Man of Steel. If anything, he’s a bit late since Man of Steel came out over a month ago. Still, it’s interesting to see how a man who’s actually been in charge of writing Superman sees that dilemma.