Mar 10 2012
Michael Chabon gets as confused as I do when characters have names that start with the same letter.
By the way, his description of his upcoming movie John Carter gives me the overwhelming impression that this will be a case where talented, motivated people are thwarted by circumstances mostly beyond their control (in this case, subpar source material). Extremely depressing. Thinking more positively, what are some more encouraging examples of stories that are significantly better than the source material? For example, Iron Man was an okay character in the comics, but the Iron Man movies were preposterously enjoyable (93% and 73% on Rotten Tomatoes). Fantastic Four was probably source material for The Incredibles*, but The Incredibles was a huge upgrade in terms of characterization and the depth of noncombat scenes.
*The superpowers were uncannily similar and the plots were similar enough that FF received last-minute changes to distinguish it from The Incredibles. In the end, Fantastic Four wasn’t similar enough–it scored 36% on Rotten Tomatoes, compared to 97% for Incredibles.