Before I address the film itself I want to express somewhat of a displeasure in titles or subtitles of films lacking in creativity. Sure there may not be as many "Origins" in a title as you might expect but it's a boring and lazy title. I think it works acceptably once, maybe twice, but then put the use to rest. In 2009 we got "X-Men Origins: Wolverine", maybe it doesn't help that the film was terrible and now the association with the term has a bad taste. in 2017 we are getting a Warner Bros' "Jungle Book: Origins" directed by Andy Serkis, this coming after Disney's own live action "Jungle Book" directed by Jon Favreau in 2016. Maybe the illness is simply a missing originality in the minds of Hollywood studios.
Now we're getting "Robin Hood: Origins", directed by Otto Bathurst (Peaky Blinders). Deadline is reporting that indeed the "Peaky Blinders" director will helm the new Robin Hood film. While I'd love to see a good Robin Hood film, I am pessimistic at the moment after recently partaking in the 2010 Ridley Scott "Robin Hood" starring Russell Crowe. It seems that there are some studios that like to avoid a cool-down session after a recent bomb being dropped on a franchise. Some studios on the other hand are taking their time, knowing full well that movie-goers have a short-term memory.
I think the grit of "Peaky Blinders" and raw characters provides a good reason for hope in this "Origins" film. The direction the studio would like to go however is a less original one, moving to manipulate their story in a way to resemble that of Christopher Nolan's "Dark Knight" trilogy. What concerns me is the writing, done by Joby Harold. He just doesn't have the filmography to get me pumped up yet. I'll have to see the project evolve quite a bit before I can increase my expectations.
beneath the surface, Lionsgate may be rushing this project and placing it into the writing hands a bit prematurely while trying to compete with the mega-giant Disney who is due to put out their own Robin Hood film titled "Nottingham & Hood" and then a partnership with Sony and Warner Bros is trying to create a futuristic version of the popular character in "Hood".
Hollywood is going to end up overwhelming the audience with similar titles and then dilute each other's profits when people become less excited to see them. Sure, if one looks above and beyond, the audience will come, but things are becoming a bit of a mess. Studios trying to over-compete with each other is starting to appear more and more awkward each year.
While Hollywooders are getting tired of comic book movies, it doesn't look like those are going anywhere. Each studio has their own characters with their own stories to tell. While some may be predisposed to dislike that genre, it's already become the genre to deliver the most dominance in the eyes of movie-goers. The difference with these super heroes and their movies and popular characters like Robin Hood, are that no one particularly own the movie rights, so we'll end up getting a revolving door from studios perpetually delivering us a regular flow of the same movies. #AgeOfSaturation