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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

We live in a world that’s an embarrassment of riches. Between the MCU, the DCEU, the XCU, and every other CU, there’s a whole lot to love, especially from the perspective of a comic book fan. But that never stops us from getting overly-critical, and one universe that’s been the punching bag to a lot of fans is Warner Bros., their DC Extended Universe, and whatever other universes spin off from the comic book source material.

However, if there’s one fan who’s almost never overly-critical, it’s Kevin Smith. The podcast-filmmaker recently sat down with Screen Rant, and in it, he discussed is incredibly positive outlook and perspective.

“I’m a 47-year-old man, so I grew up in an era where there were no comic book movies. And then every once in a while you’d get one, and it was like water in a desert. You’d get Batman in 89, or Blade or something like that. So now, we live in an era where they’re like, ‘Hey, we’re not even gonna do an interconnected DC Universe. We’re just gonna let Martin Scorcese produce a flick where Leonardo DiCaprio might play The Joker.’ That’s exciting. So to me, I’m like, the more the merrier.”

“I’m a purist, so I love when things are interconnected, as well, but I grew up in an era where there was a Batman movie, there was a Superman movie, and they didn’t really reference each other. One time George Clooney was like, ‘This is why Superman works alone’ and we got our nipples hard, we were like, ‘Aaah, they know each other.’ So now we live in a world where these movies can cross over and stuff, I’m happy to get the ones that can, but if they don’t cross ‘em over that’s totally okay with me. As long as they’re good, as long as they try.

“And think about—some people get kinda crappy, like, ‘Come on, man, these cats, they don’t know comic books.’ Comic books and characters have been handed to so many creators over the years. You never know what you’re gonna get in the hands of any particular person. I still get crap for making Batman pee his pants in a Batman book once, which is, you know, kind of reducing it to something it wasn’t, but still, regardless, you gotta respect the fact that a creator can come on, maybe take that character [to] a place that you’ve never seen that character be taken. And I gotta imagine, if Martin Scorsese jumps onto a Batman movie, we’re gonna see some sh*t. Not bad sh*t, the good sh*t that we all dream about. Goodfellas in a DC universe movie? I’m there, take all my money.”

On one hand, I can definitely see where he’s coming from, but in being grateful for every scrap you can get, it’s not always great to accept everything, even when they’re no good.

What do you think of all this? Are you more of the Kevin Smith mindset, or do only the best films get onto your Blu-ray shelf? Let us know your own thoughts down below!

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SOURCE: Screen Rant

  • fanofconstantsorrow

    I agree in many respects.
    All genres allow interpretation and perspective. Gangster films, Westerns, science fiction. That’s how you get Star Wars and Alien. High Noon and Blazing Saddles.

    We’ve all Marvelled at the MCU.
    However, to paraphrase the Joker in Dark Knight, the rules aren’t hard and fast.

    Just make good movies.

  • AmiRami

    I don’t agree with him at all. Either do an interconnected universe or don’t. If you try to have both types of movies simultaneously you are going to a) confuse the hell out of general audiences and b) over saturate your best characters

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer’s always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he’s always been something of a story junkie.