Chew and Batman Writer John Layman: Martian Manhunter and Aquaman Are "Goofy As Hell"
For the last couple of days, since Man of Steel writer David S. Goyer said on a podcast that Martian Manhunter was "goofy" and She-Hulk was a big, green porn star, the comics community at large has mostly piled on him -- but today, one best-selling writer chimed in on social media to defend at least one small aspect of Goyer's controversial rant. John Layman, best known for his Image Comics series Chew or his work on Mars Attacks but also recently a writer on Detective Comics and Batman Eternal, calls Martian Manhunter "goofy as hell," saying that the character wouldn't fit in the Goyer-penned DC Cinematic Universe. He also tosses Aquaman in there, saying that "there's a reason" the character was a punchline on HBO's Entourage, noting that there's nothing really wrong with being "goofy," but that some readers are touchy about the innate "goofiness" of superheroes being pointed out to them. You can check out his series of tweets on the subject below
David Goyer was right about this: Martian Manhunter is goofy as hell. — Dawn of Layman (@themightylayman) May 23, 2014
I think MM could exist in the Marvel Movie Universe, which is crazier and more fun. But the Capital S SERIOUS DC movie U? Not so much. — Dawn of Layman (@themightylayman) May 23, 2014
And let's face it, Aquaman is goofy as hell too. There is a reason his movie was a punch line on Entourage. — Dawn of Layman (@themightylayman) May 23, 2014
MarManhunter could exist in a movie universe... but would have to be universe that willing to embrace a degree of innate ridiculousness. — Dawn of Layman (@themightylayman) May 23, 2014
To clarify: I'm not saying I don't like Martian Manhunter or Aquaman. I think there's an inherent goofiness to superheroes... — Dawn of Layman (@themightylayman) May 23, 2014
...Some people embrace it (I like to think I do,) while others get outraged when it gets pointed out to them. — Dawn of Layman (@themightylayman) May 23, 20140comments