Have I mentioned I really hope Ruben Fleicher’s Venom fails?
Why so negative, you might ask? Well, I’ll tell you. Fleisher (Zombieland, Gangster Squad) is a competent director, so my issue isn’t with him.
And it’s certainly not with Tom Hardy, who appears to be an actor that willing to do his best for a role despite apprehensions to the contrary.
No, my problem is Sony, who’s creating their own little offramp of the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) using characters from the Spiderverse (Silver Sable, Black Cat, the Scorpion) though if that weren’t bad enough, they have to exist–as far as I am aware–apart from Spider-Man (who’s currently being managed by Marvel Studios).
That’s right! We’re going to have a series of movies that revolve around characters that were introduced to readers vis Spider-Man’s comic, only without Spider-Man.
What is it about Australia and the fall of civilization? Is it because they have the Outback, a desert space that will in no uncertain terms kill you if you venture into it unprepared?
Or is there something in the Australian character that makes Man, as well as everything that we have ever created, broken and hanging by a thread somehow appealing?
After all, George Miller is Australian, as is Mel Gibson, the director and lead actor in Mad Max, Mad Max: The Road Warrior and Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome as well as the upcoming Mad Max: Fury Road (which as I understand Tom Hardy replaces Gibson).
Their latest attempt at showing us how things end with a whimper instead of a bang is David Michôd‘s The Rover.
Though to be honest, I want to see this movie because the trailer opens with a few lines William Butler Yeats‘ The Second Coming, which I first learned from when Chinua Achebe used it for the title of his novel, Things Fall Apart.