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I haven’t seen “Rise of the Guardians” yet. The title’s dumb, but I’m sold on the concept. In a nutshell, you’ve got a superhero team made up of characters from modern children’s mythology. Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny are the designated holiday-related folks, but I thought it would be neat to have some second-stringers involved for the sequel. As is typical for superhero movies, the genders aren’t equally represented. You’ve got four male folks on Team Good Guys and one male antagonist, but only one female main character. As my partner pointed out, it wouldn’t have been at all difficult to make the Easter Bunny female. We’d miss out on Hugh Jackman, but if they subbed in Cate Blanchett, I’d be just as happy.
I’ve been following the recent business with James Gunn. About two years ago, Gunn wrote an article about superheroes (here, decidedly NSFW) on his blog which included some homophobic and misogynist content. Since then, he’s landed the writing and directing gig for Marvel’s superhero flick “Guardians of the Galaxy” (note: this is unrelated to the “Rise of the Guardians”). A few sites took note of the old article and called Gunn out. The initial defence for the piece was that it was intended to be satirical. This created a bit of a divide, with some agreeing that since it was satire, the offensive statements weren’t meant to be taken sincerely. Others maintained that the article was still unacceptable, intended satire notwithstanding.
Gunn has since offered a thorough apology for the article, but this seemed to ignite another wave of annoyance from some of the initial Gunn supporters, many of whom feel that he shouldn’t have had to apologize to people who didn’t “get the joke”.
I like Gunn’s work, generally. I really enjoyed “Slither” and I have some complicated, but generally positive, thoughts about “Super”. He also wrote a video game called “Lollipop Chainsaw” which features a zombie-killin’ cheerleader. Based on what I’ve seen, it’s probably more about female objectification than female empowerment (but I haven’t played it, so I can’t be sure). I’m glad that he apologized, but the part of the whole thing that annoyed me the most was the “You just don’t get the joke” sentiment that his defenders kept using. Someone on Twitter suggested that if you didn’t understand the satire, you were like the dimwits on Facebook who take Onion articles at face value.
Anyway, hopefully that’s behind us. He’ll be directing “Guardians of the Galaxy” (with the requisite ONE female superhero! Woot!), and maybe it’ll be decent. If he casts Nathan Fillion as Rocket Raccoon, it may wash the bad taste out of my mouth.
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What’s the Joke, Projectionist? You know “Rise of the Guardians”? Well, what if instead of Santa Claus and Easter Bunny, they went with less-interesting holiday-based characters? That’d be funny, right? No? Well, I can’t help you.