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It: Chapter Two Cut Out Sub-Plots From The Novel That Would've Helped The Film

A case where more could've been better.

Let’s get it out of the way first up – It: Chapter Two is a pretty faithful adaptation of the second half of Stephen King’s novel and a satisfying conclusion to the story set up by It: Chapter One.

While the 170 minute running time is a bit much, there’s much to love about the film. Everything looks and sounds simply gorgeous, the direction is sublime and any worries about the adult Losers are unfounded as the entire cast put on great performances.

Yes, Bill Hader does kill it as an adult Richie Tozier but the whole ensemble of James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Isaiah Mustafa, Jay Ryan, James Ransone, Andy Bean and of course, Bill Skarsgård all nail their characters.

But having said all that, It: Chapter Two makes some interesting creative decisions regarding what material to adapt and what to cut. The end result is, oddly enough for a film that’s nearly three hours long, a product that could’ve adapted more of the source material in order to better flesh out the story.

For all the attempts at streamlining the narrative, altering of parts of the novel resulted in a movie that occasionally made inefficient use of its runtime.

So without further ado, here are some of the notable subplots that have either been cut out or dramatically changed for the film, all would’ve enriched the film had they been fully adapted or left untouched.

Since we’re going to dive deep into all things It: Chapter Two, there will be SPOILERS from here on out.

You’ve been warned.

It: Chapter Two cut character-heavy subplots involving Bill and Beverly’s spouses

We briefly see Bill’s wife, Audra, at the beginning, as well as Beverly getting into a physical altercation with her abusive husband, Tom. While this seemingly sets them up as important characters, Bill and Beverly’s spouses are never seen again in It: Chapter Two.

That’s a big shame as the novel has both Audra and Tom both make their way to Derry before ending up in the crosshairs of Pennywise, which adds an extra layer of dramatic tension.

Perhaps more importantly, the two spouses were a way to explore Bill and Beverly’s relationship, as well as an avenue to explore the character development of both characters in the 27 years they’ve been apart, particularly how Beverly overcomes her history of abuse.

In the end, all we got is a very shallow look at how Bill and Beverly’s initial attraction from It: Chapter One has evolved, how it’s affected their relationships as adults, and an undercooked conclusion in Beverly’s character arc where she leaves Tom for Ben (Tom is killed by Pennywise in the novel).

The importance of Derry in Pennywise’s cycle of violence is gone

While It: Chapter One and It: Chapter Two make constant references to Derry, the town’s importance in Pennywise’s cycle of violence is essentially gone.

Stephen King used Derry as a metaphor for what is wrong in American society and it is the hate projected by the town that feeds Pennywise. Lore-heavy stuff like the burning of an African American nightclub, the Black Spot in 1930, and the bashing of a gay couple in 1985 were all intrinsically tied to Pennywise’s large scope of evil. Just as how people’s fear fed It, so did the society of Derry.

While the films touch on these events briefly (the gay bashing opens It: Chapter Two), they hold far less weight and the attention is instead shifted towards the characters’ internal traumas.

This focus on an internal struggle rather than an all-encompassing external and internal fight, while quite interesting, ultimately diminishes Pennywise’s evil as depicted in the book. As terrifying as he/it is in the films, Pennywise is literally nothing more than a monster who feeds on evil and looks like a clown.

It: Chapter Two’s ending is quite different compared to the novel

The film’s ending sees the house in which the final battle against Pennywise takes place collapse and the Losers all say a quiet, sentimental farewell to each other and Derry as they finally move on from their shared ordeal.

By contrast, the novel concludes with Derry getting hit with the worst storm in the town’s history, signifying that Pennywise’s influence is finally dying. The Losers all leave and gradually forget about Derry, Pennywise and eventually each other.

This creative choice ties into the previous point about Derry. With the town no longer as important in the films, there was no need to destroy everything and a sentimental farewell was more befitting of It: Chapter One and It: Chapter Two’s central theme of childhood trauma. Plus it would’ve been super expensive and Warner Bros. aren’t about to spend an extra $50 million just to destroy a town. This isn’t a Superman film after all.

Whether it is the better conclusion depends on your mileage but it certainly would’ve been amazing to see Derry’s apocalyptic fate as depicted in the novel.

Robert Pattinson's Accidental Batman/Joker Slip Reveals A Lot About DC's Future

Or it may not. But it might!

So we know Robert Pattinson is going to be the new Batman in Matt Reeves’ upcoming solo flick about the Caped Crusader and he’s going to do damn good job of it. What we don’t know is how this standalone film fits into the bigger DC extended film universe and whether the Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker will play a part.

Well we might’ve gotten a glimpse into what DC could be planning for Batman, Joker and beyond thanks to an accidental slip by R Patz.

Chatting to Variety, Rob dropped a mundane comment about Joaquin and Joker, only to quickly correct himself with an “oh s***” before politely asking for his comment to be retracted (which it was).

Oops.

Now Rob didn’t really say anything scandalous or spoiler-y about Joker or Batman but that didn’t stop fans from speculating about DC’s plans because of his immediate reaction. Since we love a good little rumour mill here at GOAT, we’re going to jump on the bandwagon and throw in our two cents.

R Patz’s response suggests that DC has grand plans related to his Batman and Joaquin’s Joker, and our theory is that the comic book behemoth intend to eventually have those two characters crossover.

While Joker is touted as a standalone film set in 1981, there are teases of a Caped Crusader origin story sprinkled in it as a young Bruce Wayne makes an appearance. With Rob’s solo Batman outing focusing on the character’s early days as a young bat, it seems like the two will eventually meet up again in the future.

There’s… something here.

So how does this theory work when there’s already an existing DC cinematic universe involving Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, the Flash, Cyborg, Suicide Squad, and its own Batman and Joker?

Well Reeves and Todd Phillips have made it abundantly clear that the new Batman film and Joker don’t exist in the aforementioned DC cinematic universe, so there’s plenty of scope for a second universe alongside it where only Rob and Joaquin’s characters exist.

So in short, we could be getting two Batmen and Jokers.

Now Robert Pattinson or anyone involved with these films have yet to make any comments or statements regarding these rumours so don’t read into this theory too much.

But if this all comes to fruition, DC and Warner Bros. would be doing something ambitious and unique enough that even Marvel would be shooting them envious looks.

For now, we’ll just have to wait patiently and see.

Never Mind Robert Pattinson, We May Be Getting A Black Batman

Just do it.

The internet was equal parts outraged and excited when Robert Pattinson was confirmed to be the new Batman. However, that furor pales in comparison to a wild rumour that’s making the comic book rounds: DC may be giving us a Dark Knight who isn’t Bruce Wayne and is black.

Yeah. Amazing, right?

Now take this with a bat cowl full of salt but Bleeding Cool says a number “prominent sources” confirm that DC Comics plan on introducing a black Batman in 2020 leading into 2021.

As for who will be this rumoured new Caped Crusader, Bleeding Cool says it doesn’t know but it definitely won’t be Bruce Wayne or Duke Thomas (since he’s taken up the mantle of Signal recently). While theories have been tossed around, it’s likely DC will opt for a completely new character no one’s ever seen before.

Again, lots of salt should be taken with this rumour.

Should this all come to fruition – and here’s hoping it does – then it would be a massive step forward from DC since every incarnation of the Dark Knight so far has been white. No shade to Robert Pattinson, who will undoubtedly do a great job in Matt Reeves’ live-action Batman film.

It also means that a black Batman will also eventually spill over into the movie side of things, which will be a hell of a milestone for DC. We’ve already seen how well black characters have been integrated into the Marvel universe, not to mention a black/Latino Spider-Man with Miles Morales in Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, so it’ll be great when DC finally takes this big leap.

Let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves though because DC has yet to comment on these black Batman rumours and who knows if Bleeding Cool‘s sources are solid.

But here’s hoping the comic book behemoth will follow up on the buzz by bringing us a Caped Crusader of colour because not only will that open up a treasure trove of interesting character and storytelling potential, the dream of seeing Michael B. Jordan suited up as the Dark Knight on the big screen at some point in the future just entered the realm of possibility.

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