Pow! Zucker takes on superhero films
Faster than a speeding trend, more powerful than a Yankovic medley, able to leap tall stacks of old Mad magazines in a single bound, it’s… a Superparody!
Yes, parodist extraordinaire David Zucker, the snark-itect of Scary Movies 3 and 4, not to mention the Airplane and Naked Gun movies, has now turned his attention to superhero movies. A Scary Movie-style laugh pastiche is in the works for 2007, with targets ranging from Spider-Man to Superman to Fantastic Four to — presumably, hopefully — Halle Berry (either her Catwoman outfit or X-Men hair, take your pick).
Says Zucker: “It hasn’t really been done,” which is absolutely true as long you’re discounting Blankman, Meteorman, Zorro the Gay Blade, Mystery Men, The Return of Captain Invincible, the Adam West Batman franchise and Daredevil. (And don’t try telling me Daredevil wasn’t a parody.)
Now it certainly can be said that it’s never been done well. I have no doubt Zucker will fare better than his predecessors, but I think he may find the territory more challenging than he thinks. Superhero movies are so close to being self-parodies already, pushing the joke even further may devolve into Spandex-ed silliness. And silly, as we all know, is not funny.
For example: My favorite moment in recent superhero self-parody has to be the rooftop conversation Sam Raimi staged between Spider-Man and the Green Goblin, after the latter has incapacitated the former with some sort of paralytic gas. When Gobby, in that crazy mask, leans casually against the chimney and shakes his head, there’s a moment of Evil Dead goofiness that liberates the movie, however fleetingly, from the genre’s moodier, more self-serious side. Can it be done better than that?
But don’t listen to me. Looks like I picked the wrong day to quit sniffin’ glue.