‘Captain America: Civil War’ may be getting some of the best reviews Marvel’s ever had, but that doesn’t mean comic book fans have always appreciated film company attempts to put their heroes on-screen.
Here are ten times connoisseurs of the written comic word have wanted to lose it in the cinema (with input from the experts themselves).
Jean Grey killing Professor X in ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’
’X-Men 3’ is a disaster, the Phoenix saga it touches on is one of the best-ever arcs,” says comic fan Andy Welch, alluding to the iconic 1980 Dark Phoenix storyline which saw Jean Grey (Famke Janssen) go bad.
He mentions her killing of Cyclops and Wolverine’s killing of Jean as major irritants (neither happened in the comic), but it’s her battle of wills with Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) that really gets our goat, with Grey finally tearing her mentor apart cell by cell. It was a shock in the movie to be sure, but infuriating nonetheless.
When Superman breaks General Zod’s neck in ‘Man of Steel’
This is one that comes up time and time again – Superman does not kill people, right? Writer David S. Goyer told the Nerdist podcast, “If you take Superman out of it, what’s the right way to tell that story?…The moral, horrible situation to be in is to actually be forced to kill, not wanting to, the only other person from your race.”
Fans remain divided.
Halle Berry’s accent changing in ‘X2’
In the first ‘X-Men’ movie, Berry’s character had more of an generic African accent, but this seemed to have dissipated by the time the sequel came around.
“Yes, we did notice that,” says Rollo.
In an issue that riles many comic book geeks, the most likely explanation is Berry winning an Oscar between the release of the two movies and thus becoming more prominent. Having to maintain an accent with more lines? Pfffftttt.
Batman using a gun in ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’
Ceri Thomas points out the Dark Knight’s “rampant use of firearms” in the latest team-up as a sticking point for him, mainly because Batman is known for a) his fists and b) his gadgets, rather than utilising normal weapons.
But seeing as the director is Zack Snyder (see above), it’s not that surprising the character’s usual behaviour was changed for cinematic expediency.
When Daredevil lets someone die under a train in the 2003 film
“DD don’t kill,’ says Marcus matter-of-factly, referring to the scene in which Ben Affleck’s masked hero throws a villain onto subway tracks then watches as he gets crushed.
As anyone who’s seen the recent Netflix series knows, Daredevil goes to almighty lengths to make sure he’s not responsible for anyone’s death.
When Judge Dredd removes his helmet in the 1995 movie
There’s way more wrong with Sylvester Stallone’s take on Dredd than just the helmet thing, but for fans of the brutal 2000AD character, the fact we get to spend almost the entire film looking at Sly’s entire face rather than just his downturned mouth is reason enough for it to be ridiculed.
Superman turning back time at the end of the 1978 movie
Christopher Reeve’s debut as Kal-El is pretty much the perfect superhero film until the grand (and yes, emotional) finale, when Lois Lane dies in an earthquake and Supes flies so fast around Earth, he reverses time.
Like, why doesn’t he just do that every time something awful happens? Director Richard Donner has subsequently admitted the ending was actually taken from ‘Superman II’, which was shot at the same time – the first movie was originally supposed to end on a cliffhanger.
The cameo appearance of Ink in ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’
“Why did they choose to cameo characters that fans hate?” Rollo asks, referring to the brief appearance of Eric Gitter, aka Ink (played by Gregg Lowe), whose mutant tattoos give him special powers.
“Ink is the most derided X-Men character ever,” he adds.
The reveal of Spider-Man’s organic web-shooters
In the comics (apart from a much-maligned 2004 storyline), Peter Parker builds mechanical webshooters and the webbing which emerges from them.
Not in the 2002 movie, which showed Spidey shooting stuff from his actual body.
Dreadful and wrong, argues Jamie Riordan.
When it comes to Spider-Man, we could make a good case that the bit in ‘Spider-Man 3’ when he dances after being infected by the Venom suit is amongst the stupidest moments in any superhero film ever – and it is – but for fans of the source comic book, organic webbing is a more heinous crime.
Batman revealing his identity to, er, lots of different women in various movies
This is a particular bugbear for fan Simon Ragoonanan who points out the allegedly secretive Caped Crusader actually reveals he’s Bruce Wayne to Vicki Vale (Kim Basinger) in Tim Burton’s 1989 ‘Batman’, as well as Catwoman in ‘Batman Returns’ and ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ and also in ‘Batman Begins’ and ‘Batman Forever’.
What’s the point of a secret identity if you’re going to tell anyone you fancy, Bruce?
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