So, tough day today for me, in the whiniest most self-indulgent way.
DC Comics have announced their next big project from noted limb-dismemberer Geoff Johns will be doing a project that combines Alan Moore's Watchmen with his own maudlin, violent nostalgia-bait take on superheroes.
For YEARS this was the idea that people would point to as the lowest comics could go, the idea of Rorschach vs Batman. And now it's here and people seem...excited? Really into it? Maybe everybody who would be angry about it has grown up and moved on with their lives. Maybe it's time for me to do the same.
With our last video (Doctor Strange - Magic For Millennials) some people didn't like that we didn't like the movie, they thought Doctor Strange was awesome? I found it tedious. After seeing it in Scotland George called me to say that it felt like homework, like you were watching something not for its inherent value but because you don't want to be lost when the next Avengers film comes out.
On a factual sidenote the video had a negative Facebook comment within four minutes of putting it up by a guy who still uses the same photo as he did when he was on Myspace and Bebo bothering friends of mine in 2008.
I was going to do a follow-up video called "Superhero Movies Are Having A Mid-Life Crisis" and go through how everything from Man of Steel to Ghostbusters (2016) nobody is actually doing anything for moral/justice reasons, they're all just fixing mistakes that they or their parents caused. I'm not sure if there would be interest in it though, going by how much everybody looooves super-heroes these days. I did intend to! I just don't want to bore people with negativity if they're having ignorant fun (#shade).
I did watch Legion recently and the first half is straight up AMAZING, a low-key show about mutants by way of an Ex Machina aesthetic. The second half becomes much mundane, more rote, more tidy, more sane. I have an inkling of a theory that as David comes off his meds and is able to process the world more so to does the show become more normal (and sadly, boring). The last third feels like the Generation X TV movie from the 90s, more than anything else.
On the plus side I have gone through about a week of hell coming off my own anxiety meds so that was a little bit because of the show but mostly because I wanted to see if the old me could be the present me. I've been doing stand-up a lot lately and haven't felt like I'm connecting with the audience, I feel blunted, despite doing it sober. So now I am closer to the old me (angry, anxious) and older, whether that's a good thing, well, time will tell, it keeps no secrets, everything is gossip.