Firstly, it would be interesting to know what the idea of a "Superhero Movie" means to you today. When you hear of a new one in the works, do you think:
When Christopher Reeves donned his red Cape as our all-Earth Kryptonian in Superman: The Movie, way back in 1978, the film industry had struck gold. This movie was extremely popular with its ground-breaking visuals and new theme of story, and was to be the start of comics being genuinely integrated in the general public's lives through film, and easily, not just through cheesy weekly T.V shows. This was the real deal! The blockbuster was then swiftly followed by its sequel; Superman II just 2 years later, which had done just as well as its predecessor!
To the fans dismay however, following the success of the first 2 films, the film-makers then resorted to scraping the barrel by producing a third piece to the series with Superman III, which really didn't get that much good press, only then surprisingly (in an attempt to redeem the series) to have another instalment made; Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, which only ended the once great series on an all time low, exactly the opposite of what it had been created to do. This is a small scale example of what the Superhero genre could very likely turn to in some years to come; extremely repetitive, and too often made, causing disinterest.
Tim Burton's 1989 Batman movie featuring Michael Keaton and it's sequel; Batman Returns were both big hits, impressing fans and offering a new and grittier presence in the Superhero film world, only then to have been subjected to the same treatment that the Superman franchise had suffered when Joel Schumacher took directing role for the following 2 films; Batman Forever and Batman and Robin (which both existed in the same, original continuity) and made a mockery of the novelty of Batman having his own films. Many could argue that this was done in the effort to make the films more family-friendly, yet still produced poor reviews from the hardcore fans.
This process has been shown in many Superhero films made since, and unfortunately ends their respectful franchises on a dismal chapter of cumulative negative fan opinions. These examples consist of:
- Sam Raimi's Spider-man franchise, peaking at it's second instalment, then falling at it's overpopulated third.
- The Blade trilogy which suffered in it's second and third instalments.
- The original X Men trilogy, whose end chapter was reviewed as considerably flawed when next to the outstanding first and second instalments, due to it's terrible portrayal of a significant storyline.
These examples are a few in the jungle of Superhero Movie franchises that peaked and fell (some in money making as-well-as audience interest), and with Avengers 2: Age of Ultron just around the corner, can we really expect the modern Marvel Cinematic Universe to hold on to our captivation? It is already evident that they have made some hefty flaws in their Iron Man series with the second and third instalments having poor development and ethos to the comic-books, so with the floods of new Superhero movies (presumably heading into their own franchises) announced from both Marvel and DC, such as; Ant-Man, Cyborg and the Inhumans on their equally mind bogglingly bold film slates, how long is it going to take for Superhero movies to have had all their novelty drained completely after the film producers have crammed anything and everything into their Avengers sequels and expected Justice League films? Doesn't it just make more sense to stretch the characters out across several detailed films, than just to cram 'em all into one? I mean that's what would make sense to me!
Just in case you need a recap of the separate DCCU and MCU movie slates, here you go!
DC CINEMATIC UNIVERSE:
"Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” directed by Zack Snyder (2016)
“Suicide Squad,” directed by David Ayer (2016)
“Wonder Woman,” starring Gal Gadot (2017)
“Justice League Part One,” directed by Zack Snyder, with Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and Amy Adams reprising their roles (2017)
“The Flash,” starring Ezra Miller (2018)
“Aquaman,” starring Jason Momoa (2018)
Justice League Part Two,” directed by Zack Snyder (2019)
“Cyborg,” starring Ray Fisher (2020)
"Green Lantern" (2020)
MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE:
Avengers: Age of Ultron (May 1, 2015)
Ant-Man (July 17, 2015)
Captain America: Civil War (May 6, 2016)
Doctor Strange (November 4, 2016)
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (May 5, 2017)
Thor: Ragnarok (November 3, 2017)
Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 (May 4, 2018)
Black Panther (July 6, 2018)
Captain Marvel (November 2, 2018)
Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 May 3, 2019)
Inhumans (July 12, 2019)
It will always stand the case that the fans and avid-lovers of the comic-book cultivation, young and old, will have the deepest of roles to play in the success of the characters that we've all grown to know and love. The colourful creations, wacky iterations, and multitudes of stories-arcs that have burst from the pages of companies as prominent as 'DC' and 'Marvel Comics', can only be possible if there is a market to buy it, (That's me and you!) so the relationship between the fan's interest and the quality of the content being made for us is an obviously crucial aspect in terms of the success, but the up-coming film's producers need to keep in mind that interest will be lost amongst the countless repetitive stories!
How confident are you in the genre of Superhero movies?
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