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Original Civil War Writer Didn’t Really Dig Captain America: Civil War

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Original Civil War Writer Didn’t Really Dig Captain America: Civil War

Mark Millar had a hard time at the movies in 2016. The acclaimed comic book writer admitted as much in his year-end roundup of his favorite movies, published at his Millarworld blog.

“This was really hard,” wrote Millar. “Most years because it’s hard because we go to the cinema once or twice a week and it’s hard to whittle down, but this year it was hard to find ten films I really loved. So I’ve settled for LIKED for the most part and the big surprise for me is that the movies I liked best were outside the genres I adore.”

Millar named “Zootopia” (named “Zootropolis” in the UK) as his favorite film of 2016, calling it “cool, funny and ORIGINAL.” Millar did not like the major comic book film that was loosely based on one of his biggest stories, “Civil War.”

“‘Civil War’ had a good opening twenty mins, but then I honestly can’t remember what the movie was about,” wrote Millar. “It’s interesting the Russos have a background in comedy because it’s really missing in these otherwise well-made pictures and very, very missed. I really hope this bleakness doesn’t extend into their two ‘Avengers’ pictures because what made that first ‘Avengers’ work was the light as well as shade and I’ll be sad if that’s all lost like it was in this picture.”

He also did not like “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” or “Suicide Squad.” “It’s not how I feel these characters work best and sadly my DC-obsessed kids (I’m a DC guy way more than I’m a Marvel guy) can’t see their favourite characters in the cinema,” he wrote. “Their TV and animation departments are working beautifully. I’d love to see some of that same light applied to their theatrical division.”

He had kind words for “Deadpool” and “X-Men: Apocalypse,” although neither made it into the top ten. The only superhero film to make it into his top 10 was Marvel’s “Doctor Strange,” which came in at #10. Millar called it a “nice, fun Marvel movie” and said that the “Marvel formula is a solid one and this was a nice hark back to before they went a little too dark and serious and had lots of nice jokes and asshole-learning-to-be-a-hero leads.” He praised Benedict Cumberbatch’s casting, but said that “the American accent I think was a mistake in the same way giving Colin Firth a Kentucky accent would seem weird on film as it’s an actor we understand to be quintessentially English.”

You can see all of Millar’s top 10 at Millarworld. Next year sees a few more Millar projects arrive on the big screen. The sequel to “Kingsman,” a film based on one of Millar’s creator-owned properties, opens on October 6, 2017. Another one of Millar’s major comic book stories — “Old Man Logan” — has been loosely adapted for the big screen in 2017 as “Logan.”

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