is generally regarded as a good guy in real life, so how is he hated so much? It's all due to a misunderstanding by Vince
in how to portray heroes and villains. Ironically, the man who wants his company to be viewed as entertainment rather than 'rasslin'' is hamstrung by the old archetype, which was a reaction to a system that no longer exists. You can't just plug Cena into the Hogan
plan.... what is Cena's character flaw that he must overcome? Have any good friends turned on him? No. He's perfect. Even when he was forced by stipulation to join the evil Nexus, he just ignored everything they told him to do and beat them all up.
Cena's opponent will always be the underdog, and that's the problem. And when it's a guy like Bray Wyatt
, who already has the 'flaw' of being a fat guy who doesn't fit the mold of what a wrestler looks like, and a gimmick that looks a whole lot like poor white trash
— in tough economic times, who do you THINK people will root for?
I think we can all agree that if there’s one problem with Superman, it’s that he doesn’t have enough powers...of course, what list of Superman’s ever-changing power set would be complete without mentioning his brief tenure as a being of pure energy
, allowing for Intangibility
, Manipulation of Magnetic Fields
, Light-Speed Travel
, The Ability To Read A CD-ROM by Looking At It
, and, perhaps most importantly, Not Having A Mullet Anymore
One of the reasons that the original story works so well is because Wolverine wasn’t the absolute unstoppable badass that he would become during the Dark Phoenix Saga
. Since his only real power at the time were his enhanced senses (at the time the story originally ran, I don’t think they’d even clarified whether his claws were part of his body or just special gloves that he wore), it was easy to believe that not being able to trust them
would be a crushing blow for him.
Here, on the other hand, we have a Wolverine who starts out
as a super badass... Wolverine have to be afraid of? He can heal from any injury, so you can’t harm him physically — even pain is just a passing sensation with no real consequences. You can harm him emotionally, but since he has trouble with his memory
, is there even any indication that emotional pain would even be lasting? I mean, I always thought it would be a cool explanation for his memory loss by establishing that he had a sort of emotional healing factor to go along with the physical one, where he just overwrote painful aspects of his past
and friends he’d outlived so that he wouldn’t have to suffer from that knowledge. Whether or not that was the actual explanation (it’s not), that’s kind of how it ended up working in practice. So when you have a character who can never truly be hurt, what does he have to fear? Nothing. Wolverine has never experienced fear.
It is a mistake to treat Batman
as if he is a character. Batman, along with Superman, is the apotheosis of the Modernist 'machine made out of words' image of writing. Batman is a set of narrative functions — a set of capabilities. He is defined not as Bruce Wayne but as a particular mode of narrative. Ontologically speaking, Batman always wins. Grant Morrison gets this
. That is why his Batman stories strain all limits of credulity
in favor of sheer awesomeness. Batman vs. the Devil. Batman reincarnating through history as Cave Man Batman, Witch Hunter Batman, and Pirate Batman. Batman vs. gods. Batman is axiomatically defined as that which wins. And so telling a good Batman story amounts to making that victory something interesting — not something unlikely.
Why should I care about this guy? He feels no pain and nothing can kill him, so therefore he's essentially a story device for action sequences.
We’ve officially gone from a regular bullet to the head knocking adamantium-skulled Wolverine out to dozens of bullets not even bothering regular-skeleton Wolverine.
—Matt Wilson on X-Men Origins: Wolverine
The closest a fist has ever come to Steven Seagal
's face in a movie is when the script calls for his character to eat a hot dog
. In fact, there's a Hollywood legend that when Steven Seagal eats a hot dog, they have to slow the film down just so you can see it.
We had a whole decade of movies in the Die Hard genre
that all featured a lone, scared, outmanned commoner taking on a well-armed opponent through sheer heart and determination. Those underdog stories have been replaced at the top of the box office by tales of unstoppable forces of nature beating the piss out of laughably outmatched opponents (even the Die Hard
series is like this now, as of Part 4). Sure, you still get stories like The Hunger Games
, but they're handily outnumbered by both superhero franchises and other films that follow the same 'invincible badasses who answer to no one
' template (RDJ's Sherlock Holmes
franchise, James Bond
, The Fast and the Furious
movies, anything made by Michael Bay
No one wants to look up to you
anymore, Superman. They don't want to strain their necks.
Oh come on
, even Bugs Bunny would have to sit down for a minute after a shot like that! ...So, the gun can utterly destroy a police car, but only mildly annoys
MacLeod. Oh, and they have jetpacks, too; did I mention that? MacLeod jumps on the other guy's hover-board, somehow mastering it in seconds!
The most exciting thing to happen in the second one, the most implausible thing, was that he lights a trail of gasoline coming out of a jet that blows up. Now, he throws jets at people
Let the guy be a little fallible. Those are the ones I am interested in watching when I go to the movies. I want to see the flaws, the dirt under the fingernails. If he is invulnerable, how can you identify with this guy? As absurd as it may seem, you have to believe in it, or else the audience won't and they won't get their money's worth.
...I'm not half as interested in the films of Steven Seagal
as I am the man. The crazy, crazy man. While Bruce Lee
, a charismatic icon of timeless cool, was flying around the screen with a superhuman speed that seemed like camera trickery, Seagal barely seemed to be moving, either his face or his body.
With zero emotion and never leaving his feet, his unflashy style of short punches and joint-locks felt like a slightly brawnier bathroom slap-fight between two highschool cheerleaders. An unsmiling man with the charisma of a broken toilet, and a rank matted hairpiece that looks to be made from the floor sweepings of a waxing parlour for vagrants, Seagal's merely the most visible in a whole sub-culture filled with braggers, poseurs and fantasists.
—Stuart Millard, Smoke & Mirrors and Steven Seagal