What does the movie Flash Gordon (1980) have to do with Batman '66? Simple: a guiding force for both was screenwriter Lorenzo Semple, Jr.! What can we learn about Semple's approach to Batman by comparing it to his work on Flash Gordon 15 years later? What was his approach, and what other factors skewed the results?
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I don't recall that he was specific about that. By that time he had moved from Spain to Aspen, CO, but the movie was shot in the UK. So being on set might have been just as difficult for him as being on the Batman set was.gothosmansion wrote: ↑Sat Sep 07, 2019 10:19 amDid any of the interviews mention if Mr. Semple stayed on set for re-writes of Flash Gordon? I know from interviews on the blu-ray of Never Say Never Again that several hands worked on the script to it uncredited after Semple. Those other hands are probably a part of the reason that movie was such a mess, although I understand there were a lot of behind the scenes problems.
Although its the popular assumption that DeLaurentis was jumping on the sci-fi bandwagon triggered by Star Wars, to me, Flash Gordon fell into the category of comic strip adaptations that were (arguably) more inspired by the success of Superman the Movie. After Superman's phenomenal success, suddenly, studios were rushing to greenlight any pre-Depression / Depression-era comic strip character and turn it into a star-studded, big-budget production, including:
--Misguided Robert Altman's Popeye, released one day before Flash Gordon on December 5, 1980.
--Annie from 1982. Yes, it started out as a musical, but the leap to film, and its kind of star casting seemed like it took cues from Superman.
--Sheena, or Sheena, Queen of the Jungle from 1984, a film co-written by...Lorenzo Semple. I guess he did not learn much from the Flash Gordon disaster?
That was quite a number of 1920s/30s characters hitting the screen in the span of four years. I cannot help but think if Superman had not been produced (or was a flop), the other films would never have been considered for adaptation, including Flash Gordon.
Back in the 1980s, my first exposure to the DeLaurentis film was the SelecTV cable service; not a single member of my group of friends could never bring themselves to see it in theatres because the trailers were less than impressive, and I thought Sam Jones looked like he was confused about the role. That, and the coverage in magazines such as Starlog, Fantastic Films and Jim Steranko's magazine Prevue did not do the film any favors.
I know there are quite a number of fans of Queen's title song, but I thought it was another element that was out of place. I was a Queen fan long before this movie, but the song was as much a distraction as the Batgirl theme played during season three. Yeah, I said it!
FWIW, here is a draft script copy:
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Indeed, the football scene is not in the script at this juncture.
I concur with what epaddon said and will expand further--'Fathom,' starring Raquel Welch, almost feels like some post-Semple episodes of Batman when Batgirl needs to be rescued. I think you guys should take a look at that film on a subsequent podcast. It was released in 1967 and was directed by Leslie Martinson, so it had the same writer-director team as the '66 movie.
You guys made a good point--there is some Stanley Ralph Ross-ish dialogue.
I will disagree about the color palette. Yeah, it was too garish, but I'll take that any day over modern films/TV shows that seem to be shot at night and in rooms without lamps so you never can tell who is doing what to whom. Or, almost as bad, they are shot in muted shades of blue and gray to relate the ennui and desperation of the characters. After about 5 minutes of such a film, I'm thinking, 'OK, we get it, can you take the filter off the lens now?'
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