…to have that moment where Superman fails, and more importantly, where he fails for us. If you ever needed further proof that Clark Kent will chose humanity every time, that was it. That was the moment. And it was awful, which made it gorgeous.
If you’re going to make a movie about one of the most legitimately terrifying Disney villains of all time, you’ve got to keep the “terrifying” and “villain” in there somewhere, instead of just the “Disney.”
Snow White’s Evil Queen, Cinderella’s Step Mother, Peter Pan’s Hook, Alice’s Queen of Hearts — there was no villain who came before her (or really after her) that could “summon all the powers of Hell.” The animated Maleficent does not give one flying f*** about popping into the middle of a heavily guarded party, outnumbered hundreds to one, to place the curse on the guest of honor, an infant.That was how she rolls. Poisoned apples? That’s cute. When Maleficent sets a curse, it’s a slow march towards your own impending doom.
DISNEY EXEC #3: We can’t put a date rape allegory in a children’s film!
DISNEY PRODUCER: Sure, sure. But—now stay with me here—what if we did?
DISNEY EXEC #1: Hmm.
DISNEY EXEC #2: Interesting.
DISNEY EXEC #3: I see your point.