From comics and movies, to cartoons and episodic dramas, this is the most magical time for the Superhero genre in media. Most of us fanboys & fangirls are excited and look forward and onward to the next adaptation of our favorite badasses. BUT some of us fanboys & girls are complaining about how one canonical plot point or character gets changed from one medium over the other. I’m saying “us” because sometimes I’m one of those complainers. I think I need to take a moment and remind others and myself that one medium cannot exist without the other. What?! Yeah I’m saying it and I’ll prove it.
First came the Comic* with a Badass Character which was developed into A (sometimes) Campy TV Show or TV Cartoon. Usually that Campy TV Show influenced Another Comic with a new retelling or An Awesome Movie with a new perspective of the Badass Character. An Awesome Movie could introduce a beloved Badass Character to the love of his life; sometimes we get a new non-threatening character for exposition purposes. Sometimes we get a new non-canonical character just because. These new additions never take away from the awesomeness of Badass or his many sequels.
The Awesome Movie would take the barebones of the original Comic story and Badass to bring him to life; make him real and show his foibles. The every day life stuff relatable-ness of Badass Character and not the mutant/alien/billionaire/vengeful life stuff. Generally at this point of Badass’ evolution he has reached millions more with his story. Comic fans & Awesome Movie fans are vested in his world. The gripe from the fanboy crowd would be that somewhere during Badass’ evolution, something from the comic was left out (like his 2 years at a military school). Does it matter? At this point his family & friends have become our family and friends. His allies & foes become ours and mean more to us than our crazy neighbor worried about the greenness of our lawn. (I really don’t care about the yellow patch. Ain’t nobody got time for that.)
Follow me so far? No?
Let’s try this. There was a comic called Batman. Batman followed the tale of Bruce Wayne and his reaction to his parents’ tragic deaths. Batman appeared in comic books, then a campy TV show starring Adam West. Batman would go on to have different multiverse comics. In some of those comics there were different versions of the sad and stoic Batman and his sidekicks, different Robins and Batgirls. Sometimes a slightly different Catwoman. Then in 1989 & 1991 we got a re-imagined dark, comic worthy Batman from Tim Burton. That led to Batman: The Animated Series where we got the Paul Dini and Bruce Timm created Harley Quinn. Harley Quinn started out as a non-canonical character on a cartoon inspired by a movie that was adapted from an ongoing comic. See what I did there?
So I just realized that I lied in the beginning, it’s not sometimes but almost all the time that one medium in that can’t exist without the other. With that being said when Iron Man 3 & Man of Steel are released on their respective release dates as fanboys and fangirls let’s accept any changes because they could lead to something better somewhere else.
Iron Man’s release date 3 May 2013 (US)
Man of Steel’s release date 14 June 2013 (US)
*The Comic only exists because of The Writer & The Artist