Superheroes and a Sleuth

Ah, nerd icons.

I’m not much of a superhero person, but I have enjoyed the recent slough of superhero flicks, including the Dark Knight and both Iron Man movies. And I’m looking forward to Joss Whedon’s take on the Avengers.

So here’s a few things. The Dark Knight Rises has a teaser trailer. No sign of Catwoman, regrettably; I’ve been curious about how Anne Hathaway is going to top Michelle Pfeiffer’s version.

And here’s an entertaining little piece about how they took buff Captain America and made him into a skinny little twerp. I’ve been curious about that too, being peripherally aware of the Captain America origin because of some sort of geek osmosis–my friends talk about these kinds of things all the time, and even though I don’t know much about it I do find it interesting.

Apparently it’s all done by computers, because they didn’t have time for the actor to slim down to nothing and the body double thing looked goofy.

Finally, ooh! Sherlock Holmes trailer. Each generation has their own Sherlock Holmes, and this is mine. I feel ours is about as faithful to the original as any, and at the very least, its depiction of Watson as an intelligent, daring ladies’ man is 100 percent accurate to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s vision.

I really do not like stupid Watsons.

I’m sure I’ve ranted about this before, but making Watson into a moron makes him less of a foil to Holmes and also makes him a worse audience stand-in. I like to think people who typically read Sherlock aren’t blithering idiots.

And, lest you complain about the Hollywoodization: I think some of that is inevitable. But yes, Holmes really did know martial arts and could, in fact bend a poker with his bare hands, and yes, Watson did run after people with his pistol more than once.

So I am looking forward to the movie.

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