Joker is the first film to deliver on the promise of a different kind of superhero film.
Expectations are a funny thing. Had I seen Pokémon Detective Pikachu, oh, six months ago – before the first trailer set the internet into a tizzy at the prospect that this film might actually be good – I would’ve have been pleasantly surprised.
By all rights, Deadpool 2 should have been a vast improvement on the first film. It’s not.
At this point, a superheo film eschewing setting up spinoffs and post-credit scenes in favour of robust character development feels almost revolutionary.
Suicide Squad is a feature length trailer. It’s structured like a videogame and plotted like a D&D campaign where everyone’s roleplaying chaotic evil. Anyway, I kinda liked it.
If Deadpool had come out in 2006 – before Iron Man kicked the superhero boom into top gear – it might’ve been a genuinely subversive superhero film. The film – which sees Ryan Reynolds make his fourth attempt at pulling off the superhero shtick (if you count Blade III) – is definitely trying to subvert…