Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Two-Face and The Green Goblin



Willem Dafoe was perfectly cast as the Green Goblin in my opinion.  It's too bad they when with the non-moving sports helmet type mask that covered up so much of his performance. Aaron Eckhart looked amazing as Two-Face (a quantum leap from Tommy Lee Jones with teeth painted onto a purple cheek), but I have to admit being a little disappointed that his entire criminal career lasted only a couple of hours.  I hope future onscreen incarnations of these classic villains will learn from the mistakes of the past and give comic fans even better versions than we have seen thus far.

The repercussions of the agreement above were played out in a couple of previous Lost Issues:

The Green Goblin turned Batman's world upside down back in October of 2011 and Two-Face had Spidey working double time in March of 2013...

8 comments:

AirDave said...

Wow!
Hopefully a Spectacular Spider-Man in theaters in 2017 will fix some things.

Did you get a chance to pick up a copy of the recent Batman '66: The Lost Episode featuring Two-Face? Harlan Ellison's Two-Face story by Len Wein and Jose Luis Garcia Lopez! It was awesome!

Ross said...

I stopped regularly collecting at Marvel-s last price hike and DC's new 52 launch. Money has been tight so I promised myself no new comics until I finished reading all of the as yet unopened books and TPBs on my shelf. I am getting close to the end only a few left, after which I will dip my toe in and see what's out there on the stands these days.

Anonymous said...

Actually, it's kind of appropriate that Aaron Eckhart's version of Two-face only lasted two hours (lol!). As to Willem Dafoe's version of the Green Goblin? I agree; he definitely had the scary voice for it.

Unfortunately, it wasn't just the static face mask that cancelled out the scariness. It was the whole body armor concept. That outfit made him look like villain-of-the-week from an episode of "The Mighty Awful Barfin Rangers!"

Simon Dyer said...

I was fine with the look personally, BUT think it would have been better if they'd used the mask like on that rooftop scene: open eyes AND also remove that grate over the mouth. That way you wouldn't just be looking at the stylized Goblin face, you'd be seeing DaFoe's insane eyes and sneering mouth underneath it, the two things that MADE the unmasked Osborn scenes. Slap on some green makeup and you have the trippy visual of the Goblin having two sets of eyes and mouth (and his real one's being scarier) AND a really pathetic looking "sane" Norman Osborn during the climactic reveal to Peter.

As for the Power Rangers comment I always found it pretty obnoxious, since those costumes were nowhere near as armored as the movie Batsuits, which is the more appropriate comparison. The PR comparison just seemed like the kind of thing everybody and their grandmother said because everyone else and their grandmother was saying it.

In a world where Batman is allowed to wear a ever so slightly Hollywoodized version of his standard suit though, there's most likely hope to someday see a great make up and effects classic Gobby, probably better than the version Rami was originally going to go with. Again, that look would most likely have worked for Defoe if his real eeys had been visible, instead of those distracting orange eyepieces.

Sorry, that was long winded. Any particular reason for this choice in partners in crime? It's intriguing and we should all be grateful you didn't go with something as obvious as Joker and Goblin. Who come to think fo it would probably make for a more interesting villain rivalry than a partnership.

Ross said...

Simon, if you check the archives you will see that there is a Joker Vs. Green Goblin cover on here. I was just looking for to use Two-Face again for this one as he is one of my all time favorite villains, and the Goblin pose worked with the Bolland image so this one came together organically.

Anonymous said...

Actually, both the PR suits and the kevlar-nippled Batsuit are a clear case where there was no lesser of two evils. They were both _equally_ bad!

Simon Dyer said...

Never said they weren't, but movie Gobs still leans more in the direction of any and all boring armoured Bats.

Anonymous said...

But, indisputably far less boring compared to the Mighty Awful Barfin Rangers.

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