Tarantino on Charlie Rose

A couple of weeks ago, the topic of Quentin Tarantino and superheroes came up. I stated that he seemed like the type of director that would be interested in putting his take on the genre. Last night (8/21), he was on Charlie Rose, and I almost expected the word "superhero" to cross his lips.
At one point in the interview, the subject of film genres was raised, and Rose asked him "what type of movie did really want to make?" (or something along those lines.) QT said that he loved working in genres, and enjoyed trying to work within their conventions, while adding his own mark. (again, paraphrasing here)

Although he didn't actually say he wanted to make a cape movie, that interview added to my belief that he will someday try his hand at the superhero genre- most likely, characters of his own creation. Time will tell.
Image: Quentin Tarantino- used by permission, Charlie Rose LLC

Batman Begins - Circa 1943

I finally got my copy of Batman(1943), in the mail this week. This is the fifteen chapter serial from Columbia that's been totally dismissed as garbage by many critics. This afternoon, I popped it in and watched Episode One: "The Electrical Brain". My first impression is that critics have been unfair to this movie over the years.

Yes, the low budget sets and costumes look silly to modern audiences, but it's a priceless example of how quickly superheroes were absorbed into pop culture. What struck me is that many of the images and iconography that we would see in every subsequent Batman movie are here for the first time.
If you're the least bit interested in the evolution of superheroes in general, and especially in film, it's required viewing. I'm just sorry it took until 2009 for me to get my hands on a copy.
Image: Batman poster- Columbia Pictures, Batman copyright DC Comics

Shazam- Ever Happening?

Just for kicks, I googled "Shazam Movie" to see what the current rumours were. I really couldn't find anything from the last three months. There was some talk on the DC Comics message boards in July about producer, Mike Uslan, possibly making an announcement at Comic-con, but I couldn't find any follow-up info.
There are tons of articles out there from the last five years with conflicting statements regarding the development of this project. I felt that Warner Bros. would want to capitalize on the success of The Dark Knight, and make a light-hearted, kid-friendly Shazam flick. You know, to sort of balance out the grimness of TDK (and Watchmen). Also, for some reason I think it would make a perfect movie to open on Christmas Day, instead of a summer release.

But, apparently Shazam's in limbo for the foreseeable future. Too bad, I can see Shazam appealing to a wide audience if it has the right mix of humor and action, and plus, Dwayne Johnson is a perfect choice for the Captain.
Image: Captain Marvel(Shazam) painted by Alex Ross- Copyright DC Comics