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Comics Should Be Good 2016 March Madness: Round 2

Here are the second rounds for all four regions for this year’s Comics Should Be Good March Madness.

This year, you’re picking which DC and Marvel TV superheroes are your favorite!

Batcave Region

Daily Planet Region

Paradise Island Region

Culver Institute Region

Vote today and find out who makes the Sweet Sixten later this week!

Read on to see the full bracket so far…

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In your header picture, one of those things is not like the others.

Whatever happened to bright primary colors in superhero movies?

OK, superhero TV shows.

Fine. The question remains.

Whatever happened to bright primary colors in superhero movies?

Yes! It’s so drab and hard to see what’s going on. Especially on my crappy 2007 laptop screen. Maybe it’s deliberate so we can’t see how bad some of the production is?

I legitimately do believe that they film Daredevil’s costume in almost total darkness all the time because they don’t want to open the design up to extra scrutiny.

I haven’t finished watching Daredevil season 2 yet, but, as far as I’m concerned, that costume is, so far, the worst element of an otherwise excellent show. I honestly think something closer to his classic comic book look would fit the style of the show better, if it were done right (right for the show, that is).

Just to add- I loved the home-made all-black outfit from the first season. Of course, I wouldn’t have wanted him to wear it forever, but for that part of his story, it worked. I was really disappointed when I saw his costume in the last episode of the season. There were so many visual hints at his classic look throughout the season…

“I legitimately do believe that they film Daredevil’s costume in almost total darkness all the time because they don’t want to open the design up to extra scrutiny.”

I wasn’t as impressed with the Daredevil costume at the end of season 1, but it has really grown on me in season 2… especially after it got the upgrade.

I wasn’t as impressed with the Daredevil costume at the end of season 1, but it has really grown on me in season 2… especially after it got the upgrade.

I don’t even mean that it is bad, I just mean that they constantly hide him in shadows and I think it is at least in part due to not wanting people to scrutinize the costume.

I only watched two or three episodes of DD season 1, and while the biggest turnoff for me was the brutal violence, the murky colors also drove me away. It was so bad I literally couldn’t see what was happening for much of the show.

Nu-D –

My wife was really turned off by the violence in Daredevil. I’m torn about it.

On the one hand, I’ve always been in support of a realistic portrayal of violence. It you’re going to have violent heroes, it seems less morally objectionable to me if the violence shown is “ugly”. On the other hand, my real problem with Daredevil is that the violence is often both boring and brutal, and the boring part is what gets to me. The show is realistic in that DD can’t knock out a big thug with a single blow. Unfortunately, that realism results in dragged-out fights with thugs and seeing DD hitting a guy again and again and again is deadening…

But the characters bits in the show are so top-notch that I am willing to forgive.

@Rene,

To me most of the violence we see on TV and movies is not “realistic,” it’s “hyper-realism.” The bone cracking is amplified, the gut-piercing is shot as a closeup that you’ll never see in real life, and the characters take way more punishment than real people can take and remain on their feet and conscious. That’s obviously inherent in the idea of “superheroes,” but I think we lose sight of the fact that for the most part fisticuffs and gun fights don’t resemble what we see on TV.

Regardless of the realism or lack thereof, however, I’ve seen enough of it to last me a lifetime. I accept that there’s value in artistic representations of violence–that it helps us to understand and empathize with experiences most of us won’t ever have (God willing). But I’ve seen it, and I understand it, and to be honest I don’t need to spend my Thursday night cringing and flinching on the couch anymore. There are deeper and more meaningful experiences to be had and to be portrayed.

Nu-D –

I was really contrasting Daredevil to the “clean” violence that we see in all action movies marketed to children and teenagers, including pretty much all of Marvel’s superhero movies. I am not a fan of “bloodless carnage” movies. They’re so hypocritical.

But it’s true that depictions of violence nowadays often go to the other extreme that can be equally unrealistic. Just as a few “realistic” worlds seen in recent fiction, like Game of Thrones and Walking Dead, can be so overblown in their darkness that it as unrealistic as older “cleaner” fantasy stories. “Who they’re going to rape/maim/betray tonight?” So yeah, I get your point.

I just don’t think Daredevil has really crossed my personal threshold for depiction of brutality. Like I’ve said, the length of the fights gets to me more than their graphic nature.

I think Daredevil walks a pretty fine line of violence. It IS violent, and not for everyone. It doesn’t sanitize the violence like the stuff Rene is talking about. But I also think it avoids getting into torture porn categories, because it rarely seems to make its violence seem cool. It’s not some Tarantino -esque ballet of blood, or even an orgy of suffering you get on basic cable like The Walking Dead. It’s just brutal.

I’m sure a lot feeds into Matt taking a beating, which he does not only physically but emotionally as any super hero. And also feeds into his Catholic guilt of “deserving it” a little. But overall it seems to have more point than just being kewl.

Whatever happened to bright primary colors in superhero movies?

Watch Captain America and Ironman.

Don’t get me wrong, I think the violence in the show (and I’ve only seen a couple of episodes) is very true to the character and the source material. DD is often a particularly brutal character and suffers a lot of physical violence in ways that characters like Storm or Spiderman or Green Lantern do not. I just find it tiresome, and it turns me off.

What’s weird to me is that Daredevil’s outfit looks completely black on my TV. It wasn’t until I watched an episode on my laptop that I realized how much red there is in it*. What makes that really weird is that it’s literally the only thing that doesn’t translate to my TV: I can see the red in the opening credits, Elektra’s outfit, blood – everything but Matt’s costume.

*(Yes I know they make a reference to “the red parts” when he first gets the costume. I thought that was just one of those things where the script didn’t end up matching the finished product. Kind of like how people always referred to Marg Helgenberger’s character on CSI as “the redhead” because Marg is a redhead in real life, but they always made her hair look blonde on the show)

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