One of the greatest tests for any entertainment journalist is seeing whether he or she can start a beef between superhero filmmakers during an otherwise dull-as-dishwater press tour. GET THEM CLICK$, SON, SKEET SKEET.
On that note, Jen Yamato over at The Daily Beast showed why she’s the best of us this morning, when she got Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice director Zack Snyder to drop diss bombs in multiple directions this morning, starting a beef with both Marvel and the Wayans brothers. And all it took was a question about Steven Spielberg having said “there will be a time when the superhero movie goes the way of the Western.”
To which Snyder responded:
“It goes to the mythological nature of the movies that we’re making,” he said. “I feel like he’s right. But I feel like Batman and Superman are transcendent of superhero movies in a way, because they’re Batman and Superman. They’re not just, like, the flavor of the week Ant-Man—not to be mean, but whatever it is. What is the next Blank-Man?”
(*riding by in biplane*) OOOHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH SNNNNAAAAAAAAAAAaaaaappppp…. (*scarf trailing behind*)
How DARE you, Zack Snyder. I mean, I agree wholeheartedly about Ant-Man, which felt exactly like a “flavor of the week superhero movie” (just add tie-ins), but Blank-Man? Oh no you didn’t.
Blank-Man was at least the second-best superhero Damon Wayans ever created. Behind Handi-Man, of course.
Man, they would never have gotten away with this sketch in 2015. Amazing that Damon Wayans managed to avoid trouble all the way until he said something idiotic about Cosby. That said, my mom worked with disabled students at the time, and from what I remember, most of them loved Handi-Man (hearsay, admittedly, but it’s true). The ’90s were a different time.