I stopped talking about, complaining about, and writing about how terrible Hollywood is to Comic Book characters. It got to be repetitive and tedious. There were so many errors on so many levels that I could write a novel. And not the cool graphic-type novels either. The kind that makes OF MICE AND MEN look like a pamphlet on "How to drink water from a faucet."
But those days are gone now and there have been several movies made, some big hits and some HUGE misses (STEEL, HOWARD THE DUCK, BATMAN & ROBIN, and ANY freaking PUNISHER movie). No, the bigger problem now is in the remakes or the "Reboots" which seem to be "in" right now. And why? Because you have to keep the Superhero movie money train going.
The Superhero films are now a Genre. Huzzah! Now, Actors and Actresses are no longer reluctant to do these films and actually take their roles seriously. Everyone is clamoring to do some iconic role, and with that type of demand, Hollywood wants to cash in on it. Fanboys and Geek Girls can get to see their favorites, played by their favorite. It's awesome, right?... Meh.
Here's the problem. With the constant changing of Actors, Writers, Directors, Society and attitudes of the bored Moviegoers, some movie franchises fall flat or at the very least, don't do as well as the original. Fans get impatient and so does the Studios, and SOOOO they created the reboot. Now they can go in a "different direction" and sell more merchandise.
Take Spiderman, for example. Three good movies, well, the last one needed a little work, but it was a good Trilogy. And what happens? They do a reboot less a decade after that trilogy. Someone literally said, "we can't make any more money off Spiderman the way it is. We need to make it different... better." "But how?", some flunky asked. "I know, we'll give him mechanical web shooters. Sell the toys to kids. Change the costume, and make it like Superman's. Oh, and get rid of that 'with great power' line altogether. It's SO annoying..." The public ate it up.
And that's not all kids! Superman got 2 reboots! Or better yet, a crappy continuation and a crappier remake. It was all done to reboot the franchise that was brilliantly created by Richard Donner and Christopher Reeve... maybe not the last one ("Superman IV: The Quest for Peace"). And since "Steel" was panned, they've added the awesomeness of Batman, given him top billing, and will try to transition "Versus" into a Justice League film. I'm not convinced it won't suck. Studios have a very bad track record...
And speaking of track records. Today, everyone was surprised with the new "Fantastic Four" trailer. One of the other Moviepilot writers posted the trailer and called it "epic." I think he was describing how they were trying to make the movie appear, but after seeing the trailer myself, I KNOW it's gonna suck! I was bored while watching it. It doesn't look colorful, or fun, or even make sense.
I know everyone mocked the first 2 "Fantastic" movies, but in my opinion, the only thing wrong with the second film is that they didn't show Galactus. That infuriated me! All that buildup to just show a cloud with fire in the middle of it. The makers of that film dropped the ball big time. And if they hadn't, there would have been a third film. Probably one that involved a baby maybe?
But that's okay. Human Torch moved on to be Captain America, and we got the Avengers movie we've always wanted. We even got to get a quasi-reboot of the X-men franchise. However, I see dark days ahead. The Studios, Writers and Directors are making more "changes" to the Marvel and DC Universe in the name of "artistic license" and that's NEVER good.
Hollywood tends to dumb down the writing and the characters for the public or whoever they think they're marketing to. But the FANS are the ones packing the theaters and the FANS are the ones telling others to go see these films. Lack of respect, lack of knowledge about superhero characters and catering to the wrong masses has destroyed many franchises... in many genres. And why? Greed. Greed is the main reason. However, I love what David Chappelle once said in an interview, "Studio Executives are 100% wrong 100% of the time." Indeed, wise one... Indeed.