David Fincher Is a Little Hazy on Comic Books

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09.28.11 2 Comments

It’s always amusing to us when people who should know better use “comic books” as a shorthand for “morally simple”. But David Fincher takes the gold for this one:

“There were discussions early on where people were like, ‘She’s a superhero!’ And you go, ‘No, she’s not. Superheroes live in a world of good and evil, and she’s far more complex than a superhero. She’s been compromised. She’s been subjugated. She’s been marginalised. She’s been swept into the gutter and she’s had a part in it.

Uhhhh, hi, Dave, the ’80s are calling: they have some comics they’d like you to read. Wait, aren’t you producing the freaking “Goon” adaptation? Isn’t this something you should know already?

What makes this especially egregious is that, whatever its virtues and flaws, and there are a lot of both, the Millenium Trilogy is about as morally complex as your typical Saturday morning cartoon, and the characters are, well, put it to you this way: the male hero is a dumpy Swedish journalist who gets laid constantly, and the books are written by…a dumpy Swedish journalist. Not that we’re knocking the books or the movie…just maybe suggesting Mr. Fincher take a good hard look in the mirror before slagging an entire genre.

[ via the far more morally complex characters at Jezebel ]

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