John Ostrander: Sequels and Prequels and Remakes, Oh My!

John Ostrander

John Ostrander started his career as a professional writer as a playwright. His best known effort, Bloody Bess, was directed by Stuart Gordon, and starred Dennis Franz, Joe Mantegna, William J. Norris, Meshach Taylor and Joe Mantegna. He has written some of the most important influential comic books of the past 25 years, including Batman, The Spectre, Manhunter, Firestorm, Hawkman, Suicide Squad, Wasteland, X-Men, and The Punisher, as well as Star Wars comics for Dark Horse. New episodes of his creator-owned series, GrimJack, which was first published by First Comics in the 1980s, appear every week on ComicMix.

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  1. mike weber says:

    It’s not that kids don’t want to see B&W films – a large percentage of people who grew up since (roughly) TV went to 100% colour-casting literally can’t see B&W movies without making a mental effort.

    It’s like watching a movie in a language you know but haven’t practised or used in years.

    Many years ago, i saw an Australian film called Newsfront the story of social change in Australia from the end of WW2 to about 1956, told from the viewpoint of a newsreel cameraman. (It’s worth seeing, BTW)

    It’s in B&W, but that didn’t bother me.

    What did was the accents – for the first five or ten minutes i was having to literally translate from Strine to USAian.

    And then there was like this almost-audible “click” inside my head, and i wasn’t having any more trouble.

    (This is why Mad Max was re-dubbed with USAian voices for release over here, BTW)

    B&W film is like that for people who grew up on colour.

    • mike weber says:

      Oopsie. I remembered wrong – most of the film is colour, it’s mainly the real newsreel footage that’s B&W, though there is a certain amount of new B&W footage in the film, often integrated with newsreel footage.