So I just decided to check out the Dark Shadows tag.
And apparently some images for the new Johnny Depp movie were released today? Jackie Earle Haley is playing Willie? I just… but Jackie Earle Haley is the same age as my mom. Willie is supposed to be 25-ish.
And whyyyyy did they make him so unattractive and unbalanced looking? (I know for a fact Jackie Earle Haley can be quite pleasant to look at.) I mean, yeah, the guy is unbalanced by the end of his arc, but he certainly didn’t start out that way. Also, John Karlen was fucking delicious back in the day, and watching Willie unravel from this suave conman to the groveling, hysterical - but sometimes unexpectedly defiant - shell he was by the time he was shot was really affecting, I thought. And it’s not really going to have much of an effect if he starts out that way. (Also, THAT MOMENT WHEN WILLIE LOOMIS BECOMES THEON GREYJOY IN YOUR HEAD.)
I guess they’re going with the 1990s era Willie, and that just really disappoints me, even though I love Jackie Earle Haley. Because my Willie will always look like this:
okay so this was already a great post because HEY WILLIE LOOMIS NOT REALLY AN ILLITERATE DRUNKARD AND ALSO HAS A VAGUELY COHERENT ARC
for Dark ShadowsAND WHO DOESN’T LOVE JOHN KARLEN and then this happened:
THAT MOMENT WHEN WILLIE LOOMIS BECOMES THEON GREYJOY IN YOUR HEAD
and fuck it, everyone pack up and go home *FANDOM IS OVER* THERE IS NOTHING MORE THAT CAN BE DONE.
This remains to be a beef I have with Burton!Shadows that I’m not sure will be rectified upon seeing the film. Willie is like…an adorable cuddly bunny that gets chewed up and spit out by Barnabas! I just….my feelings….
Oh god, the feelings I have for Willie Fucking Loomis. I cannot. I just can’t. Because Barnabas completely destroys him and leaves this empty shell of a person. Like, at least before he was shot, there was some spark of defiance in him - something that made him Willie - even if he couldn’t muster it for himself, only when someone else (AKA: Maggie Evans) was in danger. But after he goes to Windcliffe… god, they just wipe him clean, basically. Reprogram him so that he believes Barnabas is the only thing he has in his life. Not the only good thing, the only thing.
And Julia fucking lets it happen when she’s supposed to be his doctor. When she took the goddamn Hippocratic oath. *flails* I mean, his identity, it’s gone. He’s pretty much Barnabas’ pet. Even his ability to be scared of Barnabas is taken from him.
And I think part of what makes it so bad is, for me, that he’s pretty much entirely responsible for this horrible thing that happened to him, to go back to the Theon Greyjoy comparison. You can trace it all the shit that’s happened to both these guys back to some dick move they made. And, JUST LIKE WITH THEON, at first you’re like, “Yeah, he deserves some sort of comeuppance.” BUT THEN.
Then you realize exactly how bad it’s going to be, and it’s like… your face started out like this: :D
And then it’s this: :/
And then it’s this: o.O
And then, finally: D:
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