I saw Spider-Man: Homecoming last night. I had fun watching that for a lot of reasons. Sure, it's mildly annoying that this is the third version of the character to hit the movie theatres in the last decade. But since it firmly locks this version into the MCU, and for a lot of other reasons, I can be good with it.
In fact, I am very good with it. Some of those reasons for that mood?
Tyne Daly as Anne Marie Hoag.
(Feeling sad that Dwayne McDuffie didn't live to see that.)
Seeing Midtown High reworked as a specialty high school dealing in science and tech.
(I still felt uncomfortable with some of the high school stuff being no different from my day in the real world. *sigh* )
Spider-Man being part of the fabric of the Borough of Queens.
The first big twist midway through the show.
The surprise ending. Was NOT expecting that.
(Not the Avengers angle. The thing after that. Come back after you've seen it yourself and we'll talk about that.)
This is not a complete list of the good stuff.
About the second: I'm going to close out this year by finally seeing Doctor Strange tonight. It's the last movie I've yet to see by design this year, having taken care of Rogue One the other week.
So those are some of my plans for the foreseeable future.
Perception was kind enough to upload a case study of their work on Batman v Superman this week. That case study includes a map of the Metropolis-Gotham region as envisioned for the movies DC and WB have been making.
That map clearly does not hew to the maps of the two cities as published in the comics over the last couple of decades. Granted, the production team had the right to plant the two super-cities ten miles and a harbour apart from each other. Speaking for myself alone, I'd hoped that Byrne's Six Boroughs as originally drawn up for Metropolis in 1986, as well as the islands of Eliot Brown's 2000 map of Gotham could've made the cut.
Oh well...this is its own thing to begin with.
I think I want to wait a couple of days before posting the bulk of my thoughts on the film.
I will say this: they remedied one of my concerns raised by one of the trailers. Ross' video presentation to the Avengers? The one with the "Casualties" figures? With "23" cited for Washington, the Battle of the Triskelion in The Winter Soldier? In the finished version I saw in the cinema house, it was "Civilian Casualties".
More and hopefully deeper thoughts later in the week. And I intend to go back for at least a second viewing.
Part 1 - http://www.newsarama.com/25496-
Part 2 - http://www.newsarama.com/25506-
Part 3 - http://www.newsarama.com/25518-
You might want to take a look.
Also, Priest's website. I've linked to it before, but he's worth your time and attention.
Not the first time it's been done. The newspaper comics of the 1970's did it. So we know where Zack Snyder's getting some of his inspiration.
I just wish they'd stick with Eliot Brown's map in toto for Gotham, like they decided to stick with John Byrne's Six Boroughs for Metropolis in Man of Steel. As it is, we've seen from photos taken at location shoot sites that they cribbed the location names from that map, and are using a modified map of Detroit for Gotham to plant those names on.
This argument's making the rounds today: