Jason Bateman has had an interesting career if you really think about it. As a young actor, he was stuck in Michael J. Fox’s long (but short) shadow, even to the point he had to follow him up by playing a Teen Wolf Too.
But lately, his movie choices have been very hit-or-(mostly)-miss. It’s even more telling if you string the titles together.
Currently, he’s in:
Last year, he was in:
Isn’t that basically the same name?!
(SIDENOTE: I know, I know… The Switchwas originally called The Baster. But still…)
The last time a mix-up like this happened was when he had this movie:
Though 80’s classics, I never could get into the Teen Wolf movies (soon to be an MTV show). There was something unfulfilling about them, though they were ripe with fodder (<—a phrase not used often enough).
I was a big fan of both Michael J. Fox and Jason Bateman at the time of each respective release, so what went wrong?
I may have found the answer via Topless Robot’s Twitter feed. Commenters on the nerd-centric blog pointed out a peculiar Coinkydink (or Coinkydonk – vote below) to site-founder, Rob Bricken, while he was on a tizzy about NBC’s Heroes driving him to drink.
The facts are these (I sorely miss Pushing Daisies, which was created by Heroes’ only hero – Bryan Fuller):
Probably overheard saying, "I have no idea what I'm doing."
While this makes little sense to those non-nerd-centric-minded out there, the reason why Heroessucked sucks so bad (I try to pretend it isn’t on anymore), is that it was created by Tim Kring, the guy that wrote a sequel to a crap cash grab movie by Jeph Loeb, and Tim Kring brought Jeph Loeb on board to help oversee Heroes (for awhile).
(SIDENOTE: Loeb was fired last year, but it happened at the point Leo DiCaprio let go of the wood board Kate Winslet was floating on, if Heroes was the Titanic… basically, it occurred too late.)
So if you’re wondering… what am I bashing more – Teen Wolf one and Too, or Heroes? My answer is this: I’m not finished.
While Tim Kring might have went on to create Crossing Jordan and produce Providence (two moderately successful shows I would never watch), he did work on Chicago Hope and Misfits of Science (two awesome shows I wish were on DVD). And the first season of Heroes was great, which gains him some ground, but again, he did hire Loeb, so there that goes…
Now Jeph Loeb on the other hand:
Wrote the wretched X-Man for Marvel Comics, which facilitated my disconnect with the X-Men Universe in paper-and-ink form (tubby Brett Ratner did the same in regard to the films)
Produced the highly suspect, and in retrospect, pretty crappy, second season of Lost
While producing and writing for Smallville, he introduced young Superman to Red Kryptonite, which is usually green; now writing again at Marvel, he introduced Red Hulk to battle green Hulk
In his (slight) defense, Loeb did write Arnie’s Commando, and he has been recognized positively for his comic writing (he’s received four Eisner‘s and five Wizard Fan Awards). But let me get to the nitty-gritty…