We have to admit, DC Comics has a long, compelling and complicated history, a history best served, weirdly enough, by novels. Although “The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay” is almost entirely fictional, it does actually offer some superb insight into comic books and the changing nature of the form, in addition to being a truly superb novel (it was, in fact, so good that the author, Michael Chabon, was invited to write for the Spider-Man movies). But there’s plenty there to make a compelling documentary, and in fact, made one, called “Comic Book Confidential”, which is sadly out of date at this point but still pretty neat. So the call rises for a new, compelling comic book documentary, which Warner Home Video replies to by giving us a DVD extra.
It’s not that “Secret Origin”, the documentary about DC Comics they’re putting out, looks bad, it’s just obviously aimed at getting you to buy as many Warner products as possible. I counted at least seven different films in this trailer. You’ve also got to wonder how interested Warners is in dealing with, say, how the creators of Superman were treated (badly), or the issue of work-for-hire (profoundly controversial), or how Alan Moore feels about DC (guess). Anyway, here’s the entertainingly bombastic trailer, surprisingly lacking in music from Inception:
[ via FirstShowing ]