About The New BUFFY…

Word broke last week that there will be a new Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV show, with Joss Whedon producing and longtime TV writer/producer Monica Owusu-Breen showrunning. The initial reports were that it was a reboot, specifically an ‘inclusive’ reboot, which made it sound like a remake but with Buffy herself being non-white.

This was disappointing to me. Not the non-white stuff, but the reboot stuff. I think that the universe of Buffy/Angel is strong and big enough to sustain a Buffy: The Next Generation; there’s no need to go back to the drawing board. Just make a sequel.

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JUSTICE LEAGUE: Crisis On Infinite Not Giving A Shits

I vividly recall watching Batman v Superman at a press screening. It was the first screening, a showing at the IMAX at Universal City Walk, and there were maybe nine of us in the audience. Twenty minutes into the movie I was ready to give up; the film was assaultive, obnoxious, almost physically painful to sit through. Watching in that environment felt like getting beat up. Going into Justice League I figured that if this film didn’t evoke a fight or flight response in me I would have to say that it was at least better than BvS.

And… it is. Yet at the same time Justice League offers us a new perspective on the disaster that was BvS, a new way of looking at that film. For all its flaws, for how bad it was, BvS was the work of an author. It was a movie with a point of view and a style, and even if I hated everything about that POV and everything about that style as presented, it at least had them. To quote a great thinker:

I mean, say what you want about the tenets of National Socialism, Dude, at least it’s an ethos.

Justice League has no ethos. It’s an empty, bland motion picture product without a personality or anything to make it feel special beyond the fact that it’s using different intellectual property than other comic book movies are using. It’s a dutiful exercise of corporate art in the service of advancing a larger franchise that the studio hopes will make money. The movie has no reason to exist, and I mean that from an internal, in-universe way.

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