The difficult thing about writing about comic books and the news regarding their adaptations in movies and television is that the stories are often very short. There will usually be a paragraph or two about the news at hand, like this article about who will be playing Green Arrow in the upcoming television series on the CW. This is fine when it comes to hard news, but it hardly includes any depth, and the audience usually just clicks the next link the second the article is one. That’s when feature stories come in handy, specifically exclusive interviews.
It gives the opportunity for readers to learn more about the actors and directors and learn about their motivation when they’re acting or directing a scene. It’s also interesting to get to know what type of person in real life. For instance, take director Matthew Vaughn. Unknown to most people, he directed such films as Stardust and Kick-Ass, both of which weren’t major hits. His major hit came last summer in early June when his new movie X-Men: First Class came out.
Although not known at the time of this interview, First Class turned out to be very popular. It managed to take a franchise that seemed to be on its last breath after the previous two movies flopped critically, and revitalized it for audiences both old and new. It earned over $100,000,000 at the box office, and was well-received by both critics and movie-goers. This interview on SuperHeroHype.com came out before the movie was released, but it paints an excellent picture about the process Vaughn went through directing this film, as well as what it meant to him personally.
The interviewer starts off by asking a question about Vaughn’s own past with the franchise. Not only is this a great first question, but it gives background to any reader about how Vaughn had actually wanted to work on an X-Men film for the past six years. Due to lack of time, he was unable to work on any of the films until 2010, when Fox asked him if he wanted to reboot the franchise. There was one catch: he only had 10-11 months to film the movie. Vaughn’s response about this:
…they said, “But the bad news is that the best case scenario you have ten or eleven months until we release it.” I was like, “Oh, f*ck,” then I went, “Guys, I’ve now made two movies since then. I feel confident enough that we can get on with it.
This quote may not seem important, but it shows how even though he was extremely pressed for time, he still took a chance and decided to make the film, and as a result, the film turned out to be a success.
Vaughn went into detail later about the process of writing the story and working with so many people on this collaboration. He talks a lot about what it was like filming the movie so that it would match the ’60s time period it was based in. This was his response concerning traveling to different locations, even if it just meant just filming one scene:
What you do is you put your blinkers on, you’re jumping off a cliff, there’s a parachute on your back and you’ve got no safety nets, and you gotta go for it. We all sort of looked at each other in the eye and said, “This is going to be madness, this is going to be impossible.” There’s never any whining or moaning from anyone, it was just like, “Let’s just go for it” and we did.
The main point I’m trying to get across is that this a fine example of taking a simple Q&A session and turning it into something that deeply analyzed the process that the director went through to get this film released. Instead of asking simple questions like, “Who’s your favorite character?”, the reporter dug deep and asked the questions that were meaningful and required a thoughtful answer. As a reader, I find this to be both rewarding and satisfying.