We don’t need no stiiinking Fett flick . . .
Earlier this week Disney announced that it would produce several “standalone” Star Wars movies in addition to Episode 7, which will be directed by J.J. Abrams, and fans went “Boba Fett!” (Wot? No Ewoks or Jar Jar Binks movie?)
Since Disney bought the Star Wars franchise for about $4 billion it is only obvious that they would get some value for their money and milk it for what it’s worth. Fans should however think twice about what they want: they might just get it . . .
Boba Fett is one of those fictional characters that come off better the less one knows about him. Boba Fett, the Mandalorian bounty hunter, owes his cult status amongst Star Wars thanks to his brief appearance in Empire Strikes Back when Darth Vader hires him to bring in Han Solo. Fett’s appearances in Empire are tantalizing brief and enigmatic. He is indeed a man of mystery . . .
However, the more one learns of Boba Fett in the subsequent movies the less interesting he becomes. In Return of the Jedi, he is astoundingly easily defeated by a blind (!) Han Solo. Boba Fett is revealed to be a bit of a clumsy klutz, Woody Allen with a jetpack it seems!
In Attack of the Clones, we get to see the man behind the mask as he is revealed to be . . . a New Zealander (Daniel Logan)! Who would have guessed? In fact, Fett’s “origins” revealed in Attack of the Clones is a bit like discovering that Darth Vader used to be a whiney teenager – quite the letdown.
Sure, George Lucas is no longer around to make a mess of all things Star Wars and Boba Fett may be returned to his former intergalactic bad-asseedness in a standalone Boba Fett flick, but there is a reason is a why we never get to see the face behind Judge Dredd’s mask in the original comics. Do we really want to find out that Dredd is in fact Sylvester Stallone?