How long has it been since we’ve seen a brilliant, completely unironic superhero movie? 2011’s Captain America: First Avenger. Before that? Probably Richard Donner’s Superman: The Movie (1978)/Richard Lester & Donner’s Superman II (1980).
To that remarkable (and remarkably short) list we can add Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman.
After the sex, violence and political intrigue of Ancient Rome in Starz’ Spartacus series, it seems odd, yet somehow appropriate to find the same ingredients put to more nuanced use in the network’s Magic City [Fridays, 10/9C] – a series about hotelier Ike Evans and his family and their efforts to bring the magic with a legendarily luxurious hotel, the Miramar Plaza [modeled after the famous/infamous Fontainebleau Hotel].
It hasn’t even premiered yet, but Starz has given Magic City a second season.
The series, which revolves around the most luxurious hotel/casino in Miami as the fifties ended, stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Ike Morgan, [Supernatural, Grey’s Anatomy, Watchmen] the hotel’s owner; Olga Kurylenko [Hitman, Quantum of Solace] as Ike’s wife, Vera, and Danny Huston [The Kingdom, Children of Men] as Ben Diamond, the crime boss who holds the mortgage on Ike’s soul – and the hotel.