This is actually a post that I’ve wanted to do for a while. I’ve held off on it, however, as I wanted to wait until the two new shows had a chance to get at least half a season in. I didn’t think it would be very fair to judge them before then. I’ll go ahead and start with the first show to air, which is now in its third season, Arrow.
When this show first came out, I really didn’t want anything to do with it. I hadn’t really seen, or read, much with the Green Arrow in it, but what I did see didn’t really interest me. This will probably sound ridiculous, as Green Arrow came out at least ten years earlier, but he always seemed to me to be a lamer version of Hawkeye. Hawkeye’s arrows were more technological and badass. Plus, the Green Arrow was walking around in the movie costume from Robin Hood: Men in Tights.
After the second season of Arrow ended, one of the guys I worked with told me that I needed to watch it. I told him everything I said above. He admitted that he didn’t really like Green Arrow that much either, but that Arrow was a very good show. Still, I was leery about watching it. Finally, I agreed to give it a shot.
A while ago, my writing partner Matticus suggested doing an episode of Versus which featured characters from movies that have been remade going against each other. For example, he suggested doing Glenn Ford (1957) vs. Russell Crowe (2007), both of whom played Ben Wade in 3:10 to Yuma. While that is a very good idea, it’s one I can’t do. It’s not just because I haven’t seen the 1957 version of that movie, but it’s because I don’t think I’ve ever seen both of any movie that has been remade. At least, I can’t think of any. The only one that’s even close is Red Dawn. I’ve seen the original and parts of the remake (I was sick at the time and was in and out of sleep during the entire movie).
So, instead, what I’ve decided to do with this episode is match up people who have played the same character, but in different movies. The first matchup is a three man fight to the death…well, a fight until I pick a winner, anyways. Continue reading →
We’re on to Episode 3 here on Versus. I’m hoping you’ve enjoyed the ride so far. Just remember to let your opinion be known in the comments, whether you agree or disagree with me. Also, don’t forget to submit any matchup ideas you may have for me at the bottom of the page.
Our first matchup was suggested by bardictale, our friendly neighborhood bartender. Continue reading →