During this WuFlu lockdown my kids got a chance to watch a nineties favorite of mine. Gargoyles on Disney Plus (again, I’m not paying for it, so why not?).
I suspect Gargoyles was something of a reply to Paul Dini’s truly excellent Batman animated series. Disney was trying to prove that it could play in that sandbox too. IF it felt like it. Since Gargoyles was a one-off, they apparently didn’t.
It was a kinda-sorta, Disneyfied grim-dark. It worked well enough.
The reason it worked was not the gargoyles themselves. It was their antagonist. David Xanatos was the most interesting animated villain of the Nineties and I am including Mark Hamil’s Joker in that assessment.
Nothing ever got the guy down. You had to love that in villain.
Anyway on to the horror.
It’s just a rumor at the moment but the source is usually reliable. And there are an awful lot of articles about Gargoyles all of a sudden.
I suspect it had an unexpectedly high view count on Disney Plus. There was a genuine pent-up demand for it, as it hadn’t been available in any form for a while and Disney lawyers were very good about copyright striking attempts to put whole episodes on YouTube.
The rumor is that there is going to be “a bold reimagining” of Gargoyles.” Lots more diversity and environmental awareness. Xanatos’ real crimes are that he will be racist, sexist, and homophobic.
These days the announcement or even the rumor of a reboot of any property makes me shudder.
Yeah, it’s gonna suck