Getting the Grit Out

… there’s a part of me that is tired of this world in which people are so conflicted with each other. Superhero comics and movies have implied the bad points of reality in a tough and satirical way. Messages like ‘Heroes don’t save anything.’

But I wanted to say ‘No, it’s heroic if everyone combines their strength and works together” through aesthetics in response to these old messages. That sort of thing may not be enough for today’s world, at least not in America. For some reason or another unity itself is treated somewhat like a joke. I think that’s the sort of thing everyone’s looking for.

-Joss Whedon

The Avengers recently opened in Japan, and in a interview with Gizmodo, when asked about how the Avengers existing in our world with the current social climate and concerns, he gave the above reply. Basically, let’s get over that whole dark, gritty thing.

Here’s the thing, I love the dark gritty take as much as the next person, but when it comes right down to it, I’m the type of person that loves romanticism, and loves things that are passionately, and unabashedly vibrant and emotional and fantastic. I believe in the triumph of intellect and romance over brute force and cynicism. Which makes total sense, because to be a geek is to essentially love something passionately and unabashedly. So even though I occasionally enjoy something that takes a “new” attitude that’s slightly darker and slightly edgier, I will never take as much pure unadulterated joy in the dark, gritty as I do in something that celebrates its romantic origins.

More on this later…

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  1. dad

     /  August 24, 2012

    The best for me is when the dark and gritty is at war with the romantic and noble. Especially in one character. Viva Rick!

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    • novellyderivative

       /  August 27, 2012

      At first, Rick was a monkey-wrench (good point, he does ride that line!) but then I decided that you’re only proving my point! Dark and gritty may be at war with the romantic and noble in that character, but in the end his nobility wins out. That whole movie is about not letting cynicism destroy romanticism, about overcoming or even using the ugly to lift up the beautiful.

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