The Comic Book Movie Decade -Newsarama

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Today, Newsarama published an article by Vaneta Rogers that highlights the work of four groundbreaking directors (Bryan Singer, Christopher Nolan, Zack Snyder, Sam Raimi) and writer, David Goyer. Rogers gives a concise history of the last decade in comic-inspired movies, and includes several quotes from writer, Michael Green (Green Lantern, 2011) and producer, Jeff Katz (X-Men Origins: Wolverine, 2009). Overall, it's a great tribute to some of the people who helped usher in the modern era of superhero movies.

One part that I dug was Green's mention of Blade (1998) as being a turning point in how the studios viewed comic book characters. I think that's a film often overlooked in discussions of the mature, sophisticated approach that studios now take with superhero movies. Back in '98, Blade was the flick that inspired me to find the old comics that I had stored in the attic and rediscover how cool they were. I'm sure that's true for many others as well.

I have one minor complaint about the article's content, though. When Rogers includes the above mentioned quotes, she never makes clear to whom the speaker was addressing. In other words, she doesn't say, "I spoke to Jeff Katz last week, and he told me..." I think that if a journalist was able to land a personal interview with a major Hollywood heavyweight, she would mention that fact in the story. For all we know, these quotes could've been made at a convention or other venue, but the reader is left to assume that they were directed at Rogers. That quibble aside, Rogers' article is still a well-written piece that's worth a look. 
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