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"DC Showcase: The Spectre" Animated Short Talkback (Spoilers)

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  1. Wag

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    I quite enjoyed this short.

    Anyone else find it ironic (and and a bit sad) that this "extra" was better produced/animated than the main story?
     
  2. Wonderwall

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    Seeing as I didn't find this better than the main movie, no I don't find it sad.
     
  3. mr.happy

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    Nope, I didn't like it either.

    In the more "modern" incarnation of the character, he's generally been someone who dealt with otherworldly or supernatural matters affecting other heroes. As a stand-alone character, there just isn't really much to get excited about, although some of his own comics tried to add deeper moral themes to his whole vengeance obsession, but this short had all the depth and sophistication of an 80s revenge flick. I got bored with it quite quickly and fast forwarded to the end.

    I thought it was very well done in terms of animation and directing, but it's not a style I'm a big fan of.

    I would even settle for moderately entertaining, but I'm so tired of getting ripped off by these decidedly unspecial "special editions", that I'll just stick with the regular releases from now on.
     
  4. Wag

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    To me it seemed heavily influenced by Chinatown, and not "'80s revenge flick" at all. I suppose it would have been better if we had some idea behind Jim Corrigan's/The Spectre's motive of killing, but I guess they were limited by the amount of time available.
     
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  5. Gold Guy

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    I thought it was surprsingly good. I was expecting it too be super-boring, but I was pleasently corrected. I wouldn't mind a sequel. The Spectre is a very interesting character. Kind of like a ghost Batman.
     
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    Yes, but I meant in terms of sophistication, not style or inspiration.

    But that's the challenge of the short. Telling a tight story in a short amount of time is a bit of an art form, which whomever wrote this obviously hasn't mastered.
     
  7. Yojimbo

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    Pretty interesting insight from Joaquim Dos Santos oh his blog a few days ago.

    Link: 2-Cents November 1, 2010

    That was pretty amazing making an homage to a late 70's John Carpenter thriller (not the meh 2005 remake). With The Spectre as the first DC Showcase, it's been enjoyable watching Dos Santos' style and trademark as a producer/director emerge as more shorts came out.
     
  8. Aaron

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    I totally felt the same way. From the cheesy POV camera to the music. I couldn't think of anything else but TFtC. I loved it!

    I would hope so. It's my favorite of the shorts so far. I loved every second of it.

    Are you kidding? I loved the animation. And I didn't get he "Totally Spies" (which is French by the way) or american anime vibe at all. As a HUGE anime fan, I think I'd notice when an american show is going for an anime feel. I didn't get that here.

    I cant agree more. I loved the main story. Thought it was great.
    But I felt that the spectre short is the best thing I've seen come out of DC/WB in a long time. I liked it more than most of the DC DTVs thus far.


    Furthermore....

    Anyone else totally love the soundtrack?!
    Not just the retro 70s rock/funk.
    But the incidental, background stuff? My favorite part of the whole short is the music that plays during the stunt driver night-time getaway. That music was awesome.

    Everything about this short was great.
    If I had any complaint at all, it's that it made me want way more Spectre. I'd love a series like this one. Or a movie in this style.
    But something. I want more Spectre, and definitely more with this feel and this style.

    BTW, in answer to the original question over best death....
    My favorite part of the movie was the stuff with the car, but overall I'd have to say the best death was the woman getting cut to shreds by her own blood-money. Great stuff.
     
  9. James Harvey

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    Available exclusively on the DC Showcase Animated Shorts Collection - Superman/Shazam: The Return of Black Adam home video release (Feature Talkback, Blu-ray/DVD Talkback), discuss the extended version of this animated short!

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    DC Showcase: The Spectre
    Producer: Bruce Timm
    Written by: Steve Niles
    Directed by: Joaquim Dos Santos

    Synopsis: A detective story with an ethereal twist, The Spectre is driven to solve a murder.

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    Please post all discussions and comments about the The Spectre animated short in this thread! Please discuss the other aspects of the home video release of DC Showcase Animated Original Shorts in the proper talkback, as linked below.

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    Note: Remember, this talkback thread is for discussion of the animated short only. If you wish to talk about the home video release or feature film, please click on the appropriate link above. We appreciate and encourage discussion, but please keep your posts civil, relevant and insightful. Please do not post any improper or inflammatory material, as we will issue warnings if we believe it necessary. And remember to keep the discussion ON-TOPIC!
     
  10. Yojimbo

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    Jerome Moore, character designer, shared some of his passes on zombies from the FX Designer's scene:


     
  11. Gravitea

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    An excellent short that shows how The Spectre would prefer to use ironic vengeance. I had found many of the deaths to be quite painful as well.

    I really like how the animation used effects to make it look like an old movie that had aged a bit.

    5/5.
     
  12. Yojimbo

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    Jerome Moore posted the fake comic book cover he did of the Spectre seen in the live action title sequence in the comic book store.
     
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  13. Road to Gotham

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    That was COOL.
    Would love to see a couple more of SPECTRE shorts.
    The 1st one was groovy.
     
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  14. Rick Jones

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    It would be interesting if Corrigan returned as himself or the Spectre in CW Seed's Constantine.

    Sent from my HTC6535LVW using Tapatalk
     
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  15. Troy Troodon

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    Ngh, Spectre's not one of my favorite characters, particularly with his own act of "Justice" but it was alright.
     
  16. the_joker

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    More of these shorts would've been nice since the DC Universe has a lot of obscure but interesting characters if this one was anything to go by. I never heard of the Spectre, so seeing this short and his appearances from Batman:TBATB were good first exposures.

    Also, it looked like one of the people in the live-action opening sequence was Bruce Timm.
     

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