‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ (2014) Review

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) Review: Almost a decade ago, Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer did what many thought to be impossible. Batman, a character rooted in Gothic sensibilities, had his best film outings include: a man with literal flippers and a beak, who called himself the penguin, and a Christopher Walken playing the bride of Frankenstein. Nolan and Goyer took those Gothic sensibilities and used them to reinvent the caped crusader and in turn revolutionized the comic book genre, sometimes for the worse. Soon after that, Spider-Man donned the black suit, and superheroes stories would continue to explore the darker, angst-ridden train that 'Batman Begins' set them on. A train that would inevitably take a massive nosedive. And why wouldn't it? The Dark Knight was one of the first films in the superhero genre to make over a billion dollars at the box office. Aside from that it gained the sort of legitimacy most films can only dream of when it scored the academy award for Heath Ledger's Joker. Surely both financially and artistically it only made sense that if these movies were to evolve past the days of Bat nipples and Shrek hulk, a darker direction was essential. That's why Spider-Man has more gloom than ever and Superman is a stone cold space killer. I repeat. Superman is a stone cold space killer. That's a problem. As I mentioned in my┬áMan of Steel review, the final scenes of…

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