So this post is about a larger question I have regarding comic book movies, but what made me want to write about it was the news of Jesse Eisenberg being cast as Lex Luthor today. One of the things I keep reading about this, and about certain comic book movies in general (Man of Steel comes to my mind the most right now) is how a casting or story decision doesn't align with how the character most often appears in the pages of their comic book. Now, I'm not a huge comic book reader, but I enjoy the characters and the stories that come from then and by extension most of the movies as well. One comic concept that I've always been interested in were ones that brought alternate origins or stories to the table to try a different approach to a character, stories like Age of Apocalypse, Red Son and Kingdom Come all come to mind immediately and I'm sure there are dozens or even hundreds more. Often times these stories are held in high regard and are considered fun/fresh takes on characters we are all familiar with regardless of how many comics we've read in the past. So my question is this, why is it OK (and often praised) when comics, or even episodes of TV shows try this, but when a movie does it gets blasted as "unfaithful" to the character. The two instances of this that are in my mind right now are the idea of Superman killing in MOS *SPOILER ALERT* and on a smaller scale the decision to cast a thin Amanda Waller in "Arrow". I understand that MOS has it's problems (not even I will try and defend the Costner Tornado debacle) but as a whole I really enjoyed the movie, and thought that killing Zod made sense in the frame of the story. As for the Waller thing, I get the derision that might come from replacing a heavier set woman with a "model" type actress, but Waller has been in a total of maybe 5 minutes of the show and I just wish that people would wait and see how it plays out before immediately dismissing her portrayal in the story. So like I asked, is there a reason for this being ok in comics, but not movies, or is it just a case of people not being willing to try new things?


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