Sometimes I wish Roger Moore would come back
With an underwater car or some kind of jetpack
Or a hover-gondola and a Union Jack
Forget it, mate, it's not the eighties
He'd rather kick you in the face
We've got a new Bond for the noughties
Because the world's a TERRIBLE place!
"My own adventure turned out to be quite different."
—Frodo Baggins, The Lord of the Rings
In the grim darkness of the far future there is only war. For there is no peace among the stars, only an eternity of carnage and slaughter, and the laughter of thirsting gods.
— Warhammer 40,000 tagline
We're here to make coffee metal. We will make everything metal, blacker than the blackest black, times infinity.
— Nathan Explosion, Metalocalypse
The Incredible Squirrel that I created for my old TV show was a cute little guy who had fun stopping goofy bad-guys! This movie's too serious. It's not fun at all!
"The trouble is that we have a bad habit, encouraged by pedants and sophisticates, of considering happiness as something rather stupid. Only pain is intellectual, only evil interesting. This is the treason of the artist: a refusal to admit the banality of evil and the terrible boredom of pain."
— Ursula K. Le Guin, "Those Who Walk Away From Omelas"
"The fact that [Gunnerkrigg Court is] listed as Kid Friendly was a big selling point for them because, let's face it, comics aren't exactly for kids anymore."
— Tom Siddell
"Just how Sir Arthur Conan Doyle imagined Sherlock Homes: busting a cap in someone's ass. Surely Sherlock takes no shit."
—Obscurus Lupa, The Asylum's Sherlock Holmes
"Boy, Toy Story got really dark, didn't it? I mean it's like 'You've got a friend in m- BURN ALIVE! BURN UNTIL YOU ROT IN HELL!'"
Yes, in this version not only does Scrooge belittle Cratchit, he sends him to the soup line. Now Iíve not mentioned this yet, but this is, without question, the most depressing version of this show Iíve ever seen. I mean, itís nothing that will make you reach for the Kleenex, but it will have your mouth agape at just how dark the whole thing is.
Certainly it seems like half my professional existence is spent on some level trying to persuade people that games are becoming more mature all the time. But there are various interpretations of the word "mature," and it's a paradox I've noticed before that a lot of games that receive "mature" certificates would only be of interest to twelve-year-olds.
"The success of books like Spawn lead publishers to believe that kids wanted dark anti-heroes. This lead to the creation of some of the worst comic book characters in the history of the world. Not only that but existing characters were retooled to be darker and more mysterious. For God's sake, they gave Superman a black suit and I think for a few years Captain America's shield drank human blood."
"I smolder with generic rage"
Needless to say, neither the streetwalkers nor the whippings, masturbation and transvestite bondage are anywhere suggested in Mozart's opera.
"It all started in the Seventies with the appearance of "heroes" like The Punisher and Wolverine. Instead of being hurled into a swirling dimensional vortex to seeming oblivion, a super-villain was now more likely to take a bullet to the brain, or a claw through the heart! Committing crimes and fighting superheroes became dangerous!
No wonder the bad guys started behaving a little rowdier - can you blame 'em? Suddenly, villains like Doctor Doom - who'd up till now pranced around with an air of menace but never actually DID anything to anybody - started bumping off people left and right... some of 'em just for snoring too loudly!
— Marvel Year in Review 1993
People generally remember two things about the show Miami Vice: ridiculous, now-hilarious pastel suit jackets, and the warm, sometimes homoerotic, chemistry between Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas. Not only were the pastels removed, but thanks to Michael Mann's "style," the entire movie was so fucking dark and gritty, you could barely tell who was Crockett and who was Tubbs. Speaking of whom, the reassuring "buddy" feel that accompanied the show was completely absent from the movie Vice, and you got the impression that Farrell and Foxx genuinely hated each other. They didn't enjoy one another's company on screen and rarely made eye contact. You half expected them to turn their guns on each other. Not that you'd know which cop to root for if it did come down to that, as there was zero character development and the whole thing looked like it was shot through a rusty window screen.