Disclaimer: I'm not going to be talking about quality of the films, strictly just public interest.
What do The Lone Ranger, 3:10 To Yuma, Cowboys and Aliens, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, and Wild Wild West have in common? They're all western movies with big actors and they also all bombed at the box office. They're all relatively recent movies, compared to the Golden Age of Westerns that was decades ago.
Some of these movies aren't, bad either. The Assassination of Jesse James is visually amazing. So I don't think it's fair to say that just because Wild Wild West was garbage means that that's why it flopped. After all, some of the worst movies ever have made a shit load of money. Don't believe me?
Then you must have thought this was a good movie...
That's not to say that there haven't been any successful western movies lately, but I can really only think of two: True Grit and Django Unchained.
It's hard to imagine why a Quentin Tarantino stylized spaghetti western would ever flop.
The Coen Brothers are another exception because... well, they're the Coen Brothers. They produced True Grit for $38 million, which seems small for numerous reasons: 1. It is small and 2. It is small. So it was bound to make a profit, especially since it was made by the Coen Brothers and got great reviews.
Those two films were going to make money no matter what.
The western is arguably the first movie genre ever. Actually, it's not a debate. It's a fact. But, just like everything else, people lost interest.
Even when combined with the most popular movie genre- that is, the comic book movie- the western flopped.
My concern now is that the comic book genre will become the next western. Some would argue that it's going to be a different genre, but I'm going to say it's the comic book movie because it is currently the most popular with 3 of the 10 highest grossing movies of all time (not adjusted for inflation).
I know a lot of hipsters out there only like indie-films and hate comic book movies, but if you're reading this, you probably aren't one of those people. I love a good comic book movie.
The problem is that there are at least 30 (possibly up to 48) comic book movies coming out within the next five years. People are going to lose interest at some point, especially when the story is the same every time. Every Marvel movie has the same story, pretty much. DC won't get over The Dark Knight's success, so they're making everything "dark" and "gritty." (If you've read any of my other posts, you'll know that I prefer dark and gritty, but that's just my taste- I hate mushrooms on my pizzas, too, but you don't hear me bitching about how other people like them).
If you're like me and love comic book movies, we've got a great next 6 years. But do you expect to be seeing new ones coming out in thirty years?
Will the comic book genre disappear?