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2013-08-31 03:42:23 PM
2 votes:
ZeroCorpse:
Yes, clearly audiences will just not understand a talking racoon or talking tree because anthropomorphism is totally new to them.

Everyone's forgetting this one:

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It's an adult comedy built about a talking teddy bear that had a $550 million worldwide box office. If audiences can get behind this, having a talking raccoon as part of an ensemble cast of aliens is not going to be a problem.
2013-08-31 01:04:42 PM
2 votes:
Yoda
Treebeard
Gollum
Davy Jones
Chewbacca
Aslan (and every other animal in Narnia)
White Rabbit (and every other animal/creature in Wonderland)
Hellboy (and every other fantastic creature in Hellboy I & II)
Ewoks (ok, so maybe they sucked, but you accepted them as a kid)
Jabba the Hutt (and Salacious Crumb, and all of Jabba's palace, and the Mos Eisley cantina, and...well... Star Wars.)
E.T.
Gremlins (Gizmo, and every gremlin)
Caesar (Rise of the Planet of the Apes)
Howard the Duck (shut up)
Donatello, Raphael, Splinter, Michelangelo, Leonardo
Dr. Zaius, Cornelius, Zira, and every other ape in the Planet of the Apes series
Roger Rabbit and all the other toons
Babe

Yes, clearly audiences will just not understand a talking racoon or talking tree because anthropomorphism is totally new to them.
2013-08-31 10:15:05 AM
2 votes:

Lord Binky: Rwa2play: Bathysphere: I can't get over the concept of a talking, machine-gun wielding raccoon. Not sure why, but it makes me think of the Beatles every time I see it referenced.

Does anyone have that tweet with DC and WW Marvel with RR? Thanx, it really says it all about the states of DC/WB and Marvel/Disney nowadays...

My problem with that tweet is that it emits Marvel Zombie vibes. It assumes that GotG is already a success. I think the average adult moviegoer will think more like freak7. A machine gun toting raccoon sounds retarded to most people. There's no way Disney/Marvel would put RR front and center in their GotG trailers.


So wait, Marvel has had movies about a guy who wears a futuristic suit of armor, a Norse God of Thunder, a guy who can turn into a monster, a weakling that became the perfect soldier with technology that (even for the 40s) is somewhat unrealistic and you think Disney/Marvel's NOT going to put a Raccoon with a machine gun front and center?

That said, I don't think moviegoers are confused by the idea of a Wonder Woman movie. It's more that it's a marketing problem or at least one perceived by Hollywood. There are very few action movies with female leads that directly refer to the female protagonist. Wonder Woman is one you kinda have to, therefore it's a risk. On the other hand they could go the Dark Knight/Man of Steel route. Still, Wonder Woman is a risk and I think WB is risk averse while Marvel Studios are not.

Nah, it's a DC/WB problem.  They're so hesitant to do anything that would merit negative criticism, they won't go to the mat unless it's a sure thing.  Marvel (in a good way) just doesn't care, they get it.  They realized "Hey, this is all about fantasy.  So why the hell not?"  That's why you'll have a tree and a raccoon with a machine gun in a movie.

DC's so caught up grounding their universe in reality, that they completely abandoned why their characters are so fantastic and beloved.
2013-08-31 01:50:51 AM
2 votes:

freak7: I had no idea who these characters were until I looked them up.  Now that I do, there's no way this movie isn't going to be a CGI shiatfest.  A raccoon and a tree, are you farking kidding me?


 No one is asking you to go.
2013-08-31 01:34:56 PM
1 votes:

frepnog: Lord Binky: and if they want to they must take risks which means - yes - a Wonder Woman film among their other properties.

there is simply no way to make a Wonder Woman movie NOT suck.  Period.


Sigh....guess I need to reiterate the following:

Wonder Woman movie, Joss Whedon to direct, Cobie Smulders to play Diana...and DC said "no" to that.

/And the sound you hear is Marvel's high-honchos high-fiving each other because DC was that stupid.
2013-08-31 11:53:20 AM
1 votes:

Rwa2play: Lord Binky: Rwa2play: Bathysphere: I can't get over the concept of a talking, machine-gun wielding raccoon. Not sure why, but it makes me think of the Beatles every time I see it referenced.

Does anyone have that tweet with DC and WW Marvel with RR? Thanx, it really says it all about the states of DC/WB and Marvel/Disney nowadays...

My problem with that tweet is that it emits Marvel Zombie vibes. It assumes that GotG is already a success. I think the average adult moviegoer will think more like freak7. A machine gun toting raccoon sounds retarded to most people. There's no way Disney/Marvel would put RR front and center in their GotG trailers.

So wait, Marvel has had movies about a guy who wears a futuristic suit of armor, a Norse God of Thunder, a guy who can turn into a monster, a weakling that became the perfect soldier with technology that (even for the 40s) is somewhat unrealistic and you think Disney/Marvel's NOT going to put a Raccoon with a machine gun front and center?

That said, I don't think moviegoers are confused by the idea of a Wonder Woman movie. It's more that it's a marketing problem or at least one perceived by Hollywood. There are very few action movies with female leads that directly refer to the female protagonist. Wonder Woman is one you kinda have to, therefore it's a risk. On the other hand they could go the Dark Knight/Man of Steel route. Still, Wonder Woman is a risk and I think WB is risk averse while Marvel Studios are not.

Nah, it's a DC/WB problem.  They're so hesitant to do anything that would merit negative criticism, they won't go to the mat unless it's a sure thing.  Marvel (in a good way) just doesn't care, they get it.  They realized "Hey, this is all about fantasy.  So why the hell not?"  That's why you'll have a tree and a raccoon with a machine gun in a movie.

DC's so caught up grounding their universe in reality, that they completely abandoned why their characters are so fantastic and beloved.


All of the Avengers are portrayed by flesh and blood people. It's an important visual distinction from a CG raccoon. I personally don't have a problem with Rocket Raccoon (or Groot for that matter) but I think a typical, non-comic reading, 18-34 male might think it's a bridge too far. I simply think the notion that Marvel's going to feature a gun-toting raccoon and be successful is counting chickens before they hatch. On the other hand, it's not like there aren't other members.

I did however note that Marvel clearly isn't risk averse and that's a good thing in business. The sheer structure of the Avengers movies is proof of that and RR is taking another risk - at least, if he is front and center. Their attitude towards their properties is risky but it's paying off.

Meanwhile WB is playing it safe. For years they were able to rely on Batman and Harry Potter, which were both already proven properties. Now they have Man of Steel, which is Superman - another proven property - and it's more or less a remake of the first two Reeve-era films. Then they are going a Nolanesque route, because he made them a couple billion dollars with his take on Batman.

It's all really playing it safe and it's actually not paying off too badly so far. They're just not making Avengers/Iron Man 3 money and if they want to they must take risks which means - yes - a Wonder Woman film among their other properties. They tried with Green Lantern, but the key problem there was, well, they didn't try hard enough.
2013-08-31 10:04:17 AM
1 votes:

freak7: CynicalLA: Infernalist: Outshined_One: Even if this movie is going to be a failure, it will be legendary.  I have a hard time seeing how this movie will be anything other than mind-blowingly awesome or hilariously awful.

That's the vibe I get off of all of it.  "Screw it, full speed ahead with the talking tree and gun-toting raccoon.  There's no way to make this believable, so let's make it as farking fun as possible to watch."

It's not like The Avengers is even close to reality and people loved that one.

Dude, a raccoon and a tree.


You could, I dunno, read some of the comics to see why A) Marvel's got enough faith in it to make the movie, and B) see why readers of that comic are excited about the movie and *especially* the two characters you're shiatting on. Or you could keep judging the 'book' by its 'cover' and showing yourself to be a dumbass to everyone else.

I'm kinda betting you'll choose the easy route, tho.
2013-08-31 03:28:47 AM
1 votes:
Zoe Saldana in green body paint as the Deadliest Woman in the Galaxy sounds intriguing.
2013-08-30 11:34:03 PM
1 votes:

freak7: CynicalLA: Infernalist: Outshined_One: Even if this movie is going to be a failure, it will be legendary.  I have a hard time seeing how this movie will be anything other than mind-blowingly awesome or hilariously awful.

That's the vibe I get off of all of it.  "Screw it, full speed ahead with the talking tree and gun-toting raccoon.  There's no way to make this believable, so let's make it as farking fun as possible to watch."

It's not like The Avengers is even close to reality and people loved that one.

Dude, a raccoon and a tree.


Hawkeye?
2013-08-30 10:10:21 PM
1 votes:

Outshined_One: Even if this movie is going to be a failure, it will be legendary.  I have a hard time seeing how this movie will be anything other than mind-blowingly awesome or hilariously awful.


That's the vibe I get off of all of it.  "Screw it, full speed ahead with the talking tree and gun-toting raccoon.  There's no way to make this believable, so let's make it as farking fun as possible to watch."
 
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