How It Should Have Ended tackle the narratively problematic Man Of Steel
How It Should Have Ended is one of my favourite Youtube comedy series. The guys behind it have been doing it for several years now and have developed an enormous, passionate following. If you’re unfamiliar with their work the series is relatively self explanatory when considering the name, but basically they analyze and deconstruct films, video games and television series (basically anything from the cultural zeitgeist that has a narrative) and expose plot holes or inconsistencies which they then spin in another direction, showing how the narrative could have been resolved in a cleaner way. For the most part, this is a comedy show and so is designed to provoke laughter rather than actually be incisive, but as they’ve become more experienced they have most certainly mastered both.
One of their latest forays into recent pop culture is with the much talked about Man Of Steel. The new Superman reboot has come under a fair amount of criticism from devout comic book fans who feel that Superman isn’t accurately represented and that there is just too much destruction (on a scale that Superman would never allow to happen) in the third act for it to be an authentic Superman experience. While I understand their gripes I think they are minor and miss the point of the state of Superman in the film, he is still pretty inexperienced and emotionally volatile at this point, so will be much more prone to making mistakes.
Anyway, How It Should Have Ended have delivered a fantastic one two logic punch to the admittedly wonky narrative of the film, resolving it in a rather prompt manner. The best part is of course in the Superhero cafe at the end. For those who don’t know, Superman and Batman have become the mascots for the How It Should Have Ended series with the two creators playing each of the characters. Whenever they cover a comic book movie, they always end with a sequence in the superhero cafe that centres around Batman and Superman either mocking each other or another superhero. The winking acknowledgements to what really happened in Man Of Steel are golden.
What do you guys think? Do you enjoy this type of comedy? Do you think there’s weight to the emotion argument? Did it make you notice things you didn’t before? Sound off in the comments!