7/25/2012 – Just pretend I was in a hole for 6 months.

So, I’ve been a bit lax in doing these. I meant to do one about Amazing Spider-Man to go along with that strip, but my review could never decide if it wanted to be focused on the movie itself or on comparing it to the Raimi movie or on reboots in general, so I ran out of steam and let it lapse.

And at that point, Dark Knight Rises was almost upon us, and like most people, I was all “Amazing what?”

Anyway, to sum up: Amazing Spider-Man was decent, did a couple things better than the Raimi movie but overall not as epic. Dark Knight Rises was a fantastic end to the trilogy, but if you haven’t liked Nolan’s take up till now (and I can totally understand why some don’t), it won’t change your mind.

On that note, we chose not to focus on any of the common nitpicks of Nolan’s Batman (his lack of detective skills, his perhaps over-willingness to retire, that goddamn voice) and instead focus on the fans. Not all the fans, mind, just the ones that make discussing the Nolan movies so goddamn annoying. You know the ones. The ones that are a bit too into it. The ones who suck all the fun out of the discussion…and I’m gonna reiterate that part, because it’s vaguely important…the ones who take the FUN OUT of talking about BATMAN.

The idea came after what happened to critic Marshall Fine when he dared to post a negative review of the movie. If it could happen to him, why not previous Nolan-critic Marissa?

(And just to preempt any weird suspicions, none of this has anything to do with the tragedy in Colorado. Discussion of that magnitude really has no place in a strip as goofy as ours, or a blog as half-assed as this, except to say that our hearts go out to the victims, and that that guy should already be hanging from the end of a rope by now)


Quotable quotes from @JoshCritic:

“Dark Knight Rises saved a lot of time by adapting Dark Knight Returns, Knightfall, and No Man’s Land all at once. That’s bang for your buck.”




  1. Alex

    I feel that the reason Amazing was only decent and not epic was because simply put it’s a story (sans the Lizard angle) I’ve known my entire life. Ho hum, it’s radioactive spider bite time. They should have done that part a la the Norton Hulk flick. Ten minutes of flashbacks for the “here’s the origin of my powers that everyone knows” bit, the proceed to rock on with some real story.

  2. Uncaringmachine

    I for one hope that the next Batman movie focuses more on the superhero action and adventure side of Batman, and not the super-grim, real world side.

  3. Pablo

    i love how now everyone loved Batman Begins

  4. Travis J.

    “Dark Knight Rises saved alot of time by adapting Dark Knight Returns, Knightfall, and No Mans Land all at once. Thats bang for your buck.”

    I actually recognized this idea while watching the movie and felt like it was doing the audience a disservice. The movie tried to be too much at once. I felt like it would have worked better as two films instead of one. It reminded me of the way I felt about Spiderman 3. I also hated the fact that the movie was more concentrated on action/adventure, and lacked in the “super-grim, real world” scenes that made the first two movies so great. Just my opinion though.

  5. Carl

    The brief origin flashback was also done in the Tim Burton Batman film.

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