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…you have them standing there and they’re standing in the same shot — and then we have Wonder Woman, you know, all three of them in the same shot. Even just for a test, you really have to go, “Wow, that’s crazy!” Not only is it the first time that I’m seeing them, it’s the first time they’ve ever existed together on screen in a movie. And that’s kind of a huge deal. Even just Batman and Superman standing next to each other… [I]t’s kind of epic.
– Zack Snyder on costume tests for Batman vs Superman.

Now, while the phrase ‘all three of them in the same shot’ pleases me I can’t get behind Zack’s enthusiasm about how special this moment is. As a DC fan I get it, it’s exciting to me. These characters haven’t been together in live action before. This is a first. It’s just that the concept of icons on screen together is no longer special.

The Avengers

Zack, it’s been done. You can’t just impress us with putting heroes together any more. You’re going to have to do something truly special.

Avengers

I’ve been trying to get this post started for a while now. I want to blog about Joss Whedon’s “The Avengers” because a tweet doesn’t cut it. I can tell people I thought it was amazing in <140 characters but I definitely couldn’t pack what I felt into so small a space.

The trouble is what I feel is still hard to reconcile with an effects-fest superhero movie. I try and explain why “The Avengers” moved me, quite literally, to the verge of tears and I suddenly fear that maybe you didn’t see the same movie I did. Not literally, of course, but in the philosophical sense. Hopefully when I spit it out I’ll hear from one or two of you (I have names in mind) that you reacted the same way and I’ll feel less like a crazy person.

Cut for potential spoilers (though I’m not planning on any).

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