“I loved [comic books] as an eight year old, but I was pretty much over it by the time I was 11,” Fincher explained in a recent interview with MTV News. “There’s so little dialogue in comic book movies that isn’t about narrative, where you have to be next, and how to get the talisman and why it has to be in a leadlined box. Maybe this is my own cynical nature but I feel like most of the time people speak it’s to position an understanding. I’m less interested in what characters say in a movie than what their faces look like while they’re saying it. I’m always more interested in how people lie than how they tell the truth.”
Given Fincher’s comments, it’s clear he’ll be delivering a groundbreaking approach to his first foray into comic book films (now whether it’ll be more of a “Jon Favreau” first film or an “Ang Lee” one clearly remains to be seen). However, one thing that Fincher made perfectly clear (echoing producer Bill Mechanic’s earlier comments) is fans of “Torso” shouldn’t be expecting a faithful adaptation.
“Not to take anything away from Bendis, who did an amazing thing, but it’s a pretty complete reimagining of it,” Fincher said. “Certainly from a stylistic standpoint it will be Bendis’ world, but from a story standpoint, it’s not just Ness in the moment. It’s not a linear chronology. It’s more like ’Rashomon’ or ’Citizen Kane.’ It’s an exploded version of it.”
Speak up, “Torso” fans — do Fincher’s comments leave you skeptical about his adaptation? Or do you trust he’ll do for “Torso” what he did for “Fight Club?”