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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Witchblade plus a Wolverine-esque tangent

So anyway, Blog@'s got a teaser poster for Witchblade.

I have to say, I'm not surprised but I am dreadfully disappointed by it. I mean, to be fair, it's a perfectly understandable marketing/design direction. Witchblade, for all that it's story is good as far as I know, is a T&A comic. Thus having a picture of a pretty girl, posed with quite prominent rear assets shall we say, looking coquettish toward the camera is fitting.

But as someone who adored the television version and Yancy Butler in her hot-yet-fully-clothed-and certainly not coquettish-badassery utterly spoiled me for every other version. (Also, tangentially, their Ian Nottingham was hot. Even though by the end of the first season I was really confused as to whether he could be considered her potential love interest, brother, son, or some other bizarrely pseudo-incestuous relationship. I was about to type that I trusted the comic version was must less convoluted and more comprehensible, but then I remembered that, DUH, comics. Comics are never less convoluted and more comprehensible, I think. It goes against their inner nature, or something like that. I'd imagine the backstory/interrelationship is quite different regardless.)

--Hmm, after reading the wikipedia entry I have to ask, what in the world is comic book's obsession with having all the dark too-cool loner types end up in Japan and falling in love with the culture. I myself fell in love with Japan enough to choose Japanese language and culture as my undergraduate major and spent the requisite year abroad, et cetera, but it seems a tad overused. I admit, it makes somewhat more sense for Nottingham as he's described than it does for, say, Wolverine. -Sorry, I know it's a huge part of his character, but if there's ever been a personality LESS suited for Japanese culture and society than Wolverine as he's generally characterized, I'm hard pressed to think of one.

Well, actually that's not true. I do think that Wolverine at his best does have a sort of Toshiro Mifune-esque quality that would suit perhaps the Sengoku or Edo periods. Samurai code and all that. Weird then that they established his birth as being so close to the Meiji Restoration period. By the time he's an adult, they'd be well into the rapid modernization/industrialization/growing nationalistic point of Japanese history, which I really don't see appealing to Wolverine at ALL. He's really not, I think, suited for modern Japan. Too bad they didn't set his birthdate a couple decades earlier, then he might have had the chance to slip in during the tail end of the bakufu days. It probably would have suited him more.

At least in Nottingham's case, from what I understand about the character, it does seem like modern Japan would suit his tastes and temperament fairly well. It still seems awfully overused though. I think I'd really like to see one of the badass types fall in love with a different culture for once. Like...I dunno. Chinese culture, or maybe Tibetan or Filipino. Or maybe not even Asian at all. Maybe Egyptian or South African or something like that. Or even French?

But I've digressed far enough, so I'll go back to the original topic. I'm not ready to dismiss the movie based on one crappy (to my taste) poster, but I'm not terribly enthusiastic either. I know pretty much already that given my biases, I'm doomed to disappointment as it will NOT be the version I love, but it could still be fun. I just hope they let Sara be appropriately ass-kicking, with or without the cheesecake. Also, that they cast someone hot as Nottingham. I'm shallow. :-)

8 Comments:

  • At May 28, 2008 1:19 AM, Blogger Marc said…

    I always hated Wolverine's Japanese period.

    He acted like every damn 30something mainland haole that came to Hawaii with an asian fetish and acted like they were the first people to ever understand Japanese people.
    (see also Sean Connery in Rising Sun)

    I have heard good things about Witchblade from my pagan friends, but tend to stay away from things so overtly T&A. I like my T&A not to actually LOOK like T&A, you see.

     
  • At May 28, 2008 10:27 AM, Blogger Nick said…

    It's ok to be shallow....I want somebody hot to be Sara :)

    FYI: Witchblade TV series DVD set comes out in July of this year.

     
  • At May 28, 2008 11:00 AM, Blogger Ununnilium said…

    Bleaugh. That simpering pose juxtaposed with something that's obviously supposed to be empowering... ugh.

     
  • At May 28, 2008 12:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    That was a funny post!
    I thought the Yancy Butler version was just right, as she had that athletic build, and doesn't look as dainty as the person on the poster. I love all sorts of body types on women, but it's hard to convince me that soft & dainty = ass-kicker.
    WM

     
  • At May 28, 2008 12:39 PM, Blogger Ide Cyan said…

    ...when I saw that poster and the references to Wolverine, what came to my mind was: hey, are they going to do a similar poster of Wolverine for *his* solo movie? Coyly hiding behind his adamantium claws and his big hair, naked, buttcrack showing?

     
  • At May 28, 2008 3:07 PM, OpenID schmevil said…

    I think Wolverine's Japanese connection works precisely because he doesn't fit into modern Japan. His connections there are to traditional or marginal (criminal) culture. You rarely see him in downtown Tokyo, for example, taking in the sights, unless he's with one of his surrogate daughters.

    When the character is done right, there's always something in him that's reaching back into the past - he's not just a primal, feral character, he also represents a nostalgic desire for simpler times. When men were men, and all that. I think the character would be really at home in a very dirty Western. Heck, he talks like a cowboy so much of the time.

    There are tons of cowboy/samurai/ronin analogies in pop culture, so it doesn't surprise me that they chose to go that route with Logan too.

    Granted, a lot of the writing in this area has been iffy. You'll be reading along, enjoying yourself and then HELLO cultural appropriation and/or imperialism. Still, I think that's a problem with the writing and industry, more than with the idea itself.

     
  • At May 28, 2008 8:15 PM, Blogger Mr. Bretterson said…

    "Cha-cha-cha, Charmin'!"

    Perhaps Witchblade has fallen on hard times and has become an advertising shill for toilet paper?

     
  • At May 30, 2008 10:24 PM, Blogger Romanticide said…

    I liked the tv version of Witchblade too... Now I don't feel alone...

     

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