So I’ll just say this here.
I saw the 8-minute Batman thing. I want a better-quality copy of it. Spoilers Ahead
I like it quite a bit, and not for the reasons all the painty-waists and virgins are creaming over it. I like it because it is what they intended it to be: a promotion to show off what these guys can do. If it were about the writing, it wouldn’t be 8-minutes long. You just can’t write a complete and entertaining 8-minute action script.
But the filmmaking was great. They used recognizable characters so that they didn’t have to convince anyone that their own creations were cool. These are all icons whose coolness are proven and taken for granted. Sure, taken out of the context of a very well done promotional reel, “Batman vs. Joker vs. Alien vs. Predator” sounds pretty fucking ridiculous. But it was a great way to show that these guys can make a pretty damn good looking flick, and that Batman doesn’t have to suck.
Not that there haven’t been well-loved comic books with worse crossover plots.
Of course, I see in other areas that Eric follows the fanboys he chastises. He takes the party line on Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection. Alien 3 wasn’t great. But I absolutely loved Resurrection. Come on, Ron Perlman… WINONA RIDER.
Hell, I can’t even watch Ridley Scott’s first Alien flick anymore. It looks really bad these days. I’ve seen scarier looking characters on Sesame Street.