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Puffy Treat
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"Realistic" He-Man is probably about as doable as a grim, gritty My Little Pony
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Call it the “Batman Begins-ification” of He-Man, the shift of tone that helped make “The Dark Knight” so wildly successful, and is now being copied in varying degrees with reinventions of characters as diverse as Robocop, James Bond, and Red Sonja.
If someone's trying to make Red Sonja realistic, her outfit is going to need a major overhaul.
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I don't understand why there is this need to turn everything to the dark side [Wink]
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I'm just sad that no one mentioned She-Ra. *continues to wait*
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I thought Robocop was already kind of dark.
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Sterling, don't you dare add a thing to Red Sonja's outfit....er...I mean, I'm sure bikini's are great armor. She has lots of room to be flexible (love that in a woma...warrior, yeah in a warrior), and can ummmm distract her rivals with her..um...

never mind.

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Why are we mixing "dark" with "realism?" I do admit that the two seem to go together in Hollywood. The point is, however, to ground the stories in worlds that are more based on recognizable reality.
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Creating a believable backstory for all the little details of the the He-Man world has got to be hard, if not nearly impossible. Maybe it will be marketed to kids, instead of their parents.
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If someone's trying to make Red Sonja realistic, her outfit is going to need a major overhaul.
I refuse to watch it if they change the outfit. That was one series I read because of the cover.
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Arthur Adams usually drew leather padding beneath the metal discs Sonja wears. That would probably work for the film adaptation.
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Obligatory image!

And "...nipples in the trapjaw suit..." is EXTREMELY disturbing.

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More realistic He-man? Well, Here's a starting point.
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quote:
Originally posted by Occasional:
Why are we mixing "dark" with "realism?" I do admit that the two seem to go together in Hollywood. The point is, however, to ground the stories in worlds that are more based on recognizable reality.

Realism is one of those monikers that can be tied to the popular style du jour. It doesn't, in itself, constitute a particular style.

The idea is, that by calling the audience's attention to details or themes that are surprising, or revealing of whatever is lacking or seemingly "unrealistic" in other media by comparison, the film is made to feel more real. This is an interesting field of study, because the idea of "realism" has shifted itself around in our popular culture so much, that different time periods reveal completely different ideas of what it means to be "realist."

For instance, Jack London's animal stories were "realist," even though they are from the perspective of anthropomorphic animals, which are now deemed unrealistic. George Orwell's 1984 might have been called "realist," but now it's an "Orwellian Nightmare," and a vision so extreme as to be practically unapproachable in later works. At the same time though, the ideas behind 1984 have filtered into the works of modern writers, and so, to call upon the image of the Orwellian Nightmare is no longer realistic.

It's all about confronting the reader with images and ideas that strike closely upon real concerns in a novel way. That's why you would probably never call an emoesque (or otherwise self-centered) complaint blog a work of realism- because even though the author might be talking about real world issues, he or she is doing so in a way that serves to separate the reader from the ideas and themes, rather than to make them more present.

In many aspects, there is very little realism in Dark Knight, but it still feels gritty and real because it moves into areas where hero films have been shy before.

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