Beauology 101: Wonder Twin Powers DE-Activate!

Beau Smith-Your Old West Old Guy.

Beau Smith-Your Old West Old Guy.


by Beau Smith

Recently I watched a lot of superhero movies in a mini-binge. (Plane rides and layovers will spark that.) There’s a trend I’ve noticed, at least it’s a trend to me. Films like some of the various X-Men films, and Batman vs. Superman, have the tendency to try and add too much, too many characters, too many villains, too many villains with too much super power, too many heroes with too much super power, the list goes on and on. Not a lot of room for character development, not a lot room for likeability. Emotional investment isn’t earned, it’s taken for granted. Continuity is taken for granted. I’ve been reading comic books since the 1960s (X-Men) and I didn’t even know who was who, when did they become a good/bad guy, and what characters were just confused. (Worst villain EVER goes to Apocalypse)

X-Men Apocalypse: So True….

X-Men Apocalypse: So True….


I understand a lot of non-comic book readers consume and digest the films for the special effects and that they look really good on a bigger screen, but that’s not a long term thing to keep folks coming back. Extra heavy continuity and sourpuss story lines in comics have proven this to be a decreased sales fact. While I’m complaining like a true first place whiner, the music score to these films is a big distraction. The over amplified, choir chanting ear blast is just too much and overused. Most of this is cliché thinking in what Earth eating, sun blocking out, destruction will be. More than likely, according to researchers and scientists, it’ll be a quick ZAP and we’ll all be popped like a pimple. (Cue the sound of a Twitter notification as your score.)

Batman Vs Superman. Pick A Super Powered Side.

Batman Vs Superman. Pick A Super Powered Side.


If the powers, and the universal sized conflict, are powered down a bit, then we’re gonna have more investment in the possible success of the hero. More will be at stake if we know he/she cannot move planets or suck the water out of the ocean. Return to what Siegel and Shuster created where a being could leap a tall building in a single bound, could be just a little faster than a speeding bullet, and maybe, just maybe, might be more powerful than a locomotive. Let’s face facts, the way it stands right now, there is no way Batman could go toe to toe with Superman, unless he had a really large hunk of Kryptonite and the ability to get close enough to Superman to use it. Power Superman down!

AIM To Please. Arrow and Hawkeye

AIM To Please. Arrow and Hawkeye


The Flash is too fast, Hawkeye and Green Arrow’s aim is too true, and if the Avengers caused that much damage to cities in a fight, they’d be on trial for terrorism/war crimes….well…you fill in the charges.

I make up stuff for a living. I know there has to be some suspension of disbelief, but put the focus on the character, the personality, and learn what the word HERO really means. A lot more folks will be entertained and inspired if you do.

Luke Cage Netflix

Luke Cage Netflix


The lower budget TV superhero shows are much better at this than the film versions. Like a union, not enough isn’t good and too much can just be terrible at times. Moderation. We’re all getting too fat on over the top special effects and puffed up powers. Looking good doesn’t always mean you feel good. You earn what you work for. When it’s given to you it has less value.

Having less to work with sometimes makes you work that much harder on the character. If you can’t blow it all on a scene of the hero and villain knocking down most of New York City, then it makes you focus on the character, what they stand for, what they feel, and how they interact with other characters just as interesting.

If I can figure this out, then it’s obviously not rocket science.

Okay, I’m done ranting. Your ears are once again safe from bleeding. Think about the films your pay to watch. Think about the comic books you buy. Figure out why.

Enjoy yourself.

Beau Smith

The Flying Fist Ranch

www.flyingfistranch.com

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