Sometimes when I'm coming up with content for the strip, things are pretty lean. Early winter is a notoriously slow time for movies because studios have already dropped their "quality pictures" (re: Oscar bait) back in December. Subsequently, it makes it difficult to come up with things to make fun of.
This week is different. It's like a damn buffet of options. First, there is the pending release of Daredevil this Friday - Valentine's Day. And I can think of NO other movie to take your sweetheart to.
Secondly, Oscar nominations are going to be announced on Tuesday. This fits in perfectly to the strip schedule, because I'm always working on stuff about 24 hours in advance.
Third, My Big Fat Greek Wedding comes out on DVD Tuesday. I think my stance on this steaming pile has been well documented, so I won't go into it here. But that being said, I think we can all identify the comedic potential.
But when it was all said and done, I decided to make this week all about Daredevil. Be sure to check back on Wednesday and Friday. I've got continuity on deck and everything!
Daredevil is a movie that has swung left to right in terms of my level of excitement. When it was first announced, I kind of rolled my eyes because it was obvious that they were trying to capitalize on the success of Spider Man. Add to that, not many people know much about the character or his gothic style. Would it even translate to film?
Then, of course, learning that Mr. Chin -- Ben Affleck -- would be playing the title role sent me into a tizzy. I felt certain that I wasn't going to believe him as the character. He's a bloated jock to me. Too busy coming up with lines to get into a girl's pants than being tortured and fighting crime. If you've seen him as the angsty yuppie in Changing Lanes, that's about what I think he's like all the time.
Some of the other casting choices were interesting as well. Jennifer Garner as Elektra? Not Greek, nor a proven actress. Michael Clark Duncan as The Kingpin? Uh, wasn't the Kingpin white? All they got here is the bald head and a penchant for fancy suits. Colin Farrell as Bullseye? Interesting actor. Definite "bad boy" chops. But what's up with that scar on his forehead and the iridescent, blue snake-skin trench coat? What were they thinking?
But as time goes by, I'm warming up to the cast and am genuinely excited about seeing the movie.
Lately, I've been watching a lot of Alais on ABC. Seeing Jennifer Garner in action has convinced me there really is no other woman "action hero" who could handle what's required of Elektra's ninja/assassin history.
Michael Clarke Duncan is making more sense, too. If anything, remember that this guy was nominated for Best Supporting Actor once. Damn shame he was involved in The Scorpion King, but I've also read that the studio went with him after several white wrestlers gave poor screen tests. When it comes down to it, I'd rather have a guy who can act.
I'm beginning to step around the poor costume design on Bullseye because I've heard Colin Farrell practically steals the film with his performance. There's really a sick glee in his interpretation of the character, which I think will be fun to watch.
And finally, ole Benny-boy. Well, I take that back, I still can't see this chuckle head as DD.
One last thing I'll mention. If you'd like to test the awesomeness of your girlfriend of wife, draw a picture of them in a leather catsuit and see how they react. If they tell you "My character needs more cleavage." like Cami did when I showed her today's strip, then you'll know exactly how awesome she is.
What do you think?
Cami, I think I'm so happy, I'm gonna have to hug you!