We are now long past the point where simply doing a deconstructionist take on an existing, especially an otherwise innocuous, property is clever. It's now just about the most obvious thing one can do. No doubt the perpetrators of much of this feel they are "edgy" or "clever," but the path is too well-trod now. Just about every dumb "edgy" take on the Peanuts that can be done has been done. Ditto Disney. And Dick and Jane. It's tedious now. The recent "Banana Splits" slasher film, starring the actual Banana Splits characters, made nary a ripple. No one cares, not just about the Banana Splits, although that was part of it, but about that approach. Marvel had zombies. DC had zombies. Archie had zombies. No one gives a rat's ass if you "zombify" My Little Pony." It's done.
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"Grouch" still works because it's cannily mirroring the exact approach the tired, lame Joker movie used to disassemble it's licensee. It's funny to see it done exactly as Joker did it, showing the exact mechanism of Joker at work on another IP.
Sadly what's been missed by most concerning the Joker film is that it is, in itself, a joke. The film maker is trolling the moneymen, the critics, and the audience, apparently quite successfully. But the upshot of it all is still a gag.
He couldn't get a big budget for a comedy film anymore. That's not where the box office is. Plus, his trademark bad taste laffs were no longer fashionable. What were the moneymen giving a "thumbs up" to? Comic book properties. What if he did a Scorsese riff with a comic book property? Would anyone catch on? If he just took a comic book cartoon character and gave it all this (cue organ sting) heavy drama and sturm und drang and all that bullsh*t, would critics and audiences line up for that? I mean, it's completely stupid to think they would, but y'know, the way the market is today... If the Nolan weepers and Snyder garbagefests can put butts in the seats; if the studios are actually going to pony up for Ben Affleck* of all people to grimace, growl and stomp around in a big, clunky bat-suit, it might work...
And it did. Which is kind of the punchline to the whole thing.
Unfortunately, Hollywood then immediately one-upped him by casting Robert Pattison as the next growly grimacer, but hey, that's the comedy biz for you...
* Affleck... "A."... "Fleck"... C'mon, people, catch up... These ARE the punchlines here...
Edited by Brian Hague on 22 January 2020 at 4:08pm