Let's start by stating the most obvious motivation, that plagues all of mankind - that all-consuming, insatiable, greed! Studios would not be making these shared-universe,trilogies, if the profits weren't so lucrative. Besides entertaining, should superhero movies aspire to be humorous - or set the bar in dramatic sensibilities? This article will examine the different approaches that studios must consider when spending a small fortune on a superhero movie.
Why Was the Dark Knight Trilogy So Successful & Man of Steel Failed to Captivate Audiences?
First off, The Dark Knight, was set in the most realistic possible way, well as realistic as a billionaire - who dresses like a bat, and the world's best ninja. There were no Meta-humans, therefore the drama could really explore a real world setting. The drama could expand, by not having to worry about certain mythologies, that people who do not read comic books - find absolutely absurd! The Dark Knight was able to appeal to fans, and more importantly, non-fans.
Unlike Man of Steel, and am I the only one who thinks. Kryptonians looking human, is more preposterous than Killer Croc! I rather enjoyed Man of Steel, but the problem that hinder the enjoyment factor, what could have been the defining Superman movie, was that the movie inspired to the contrary of popular opinion on Kal-El.
When you're dealing with everyone's favorite boy scout, you throw in a few campy jokes, you show him going all-out to save someone's pet! That's the appeal of Supes(can I call you Supes?), you embrace more of his do-gooder personality, than trying to make a Batman rip-off.
Most of the audience that sit-through these movies, they're not like me, who cannot read enough information about my favorite heroes. I love to embrace the rather obscure side of comics, just see things I've never thought I would on the big-screen! When you make these outlandish situations, and you try to be more serious, than a constipated man, on his tenth day without defecating - you're going to have people not giving a s*#@!
You'll lose the general audience, you must let them laugh, at something so that they'll can understand the appeal - two Kryptonians battling, destroying a city, killing countless innocents, but did you remember that one joke, that was hilarious (great movie)! Superhero movies should first aspire to entertain the masses (not just fanboys/girls) in a way that can satisfy the casual and the die-hard fan. After this is accomplished, they must also create a sub-genre, to differentiate from the clutter that's already been produced. Sadly, trying to emulate The Dark Knight, or The Winter Solder - will only send you on a path of low box office revenue.
How Much Does Comic Book Television Shows Differ From the Movies (Besides Obvious Budgetary Restraints)?
Currently, I am more of a fan of television, than expensive blockbuster productions. I love how each movie is an event, but with anticipation that's been building since last year, when you first saw the trailer. You finally see the movie, and you're crush - because certain aspects failed to live up to the hype, and you've built this movie up on a pedestal. You construct this monument, that towers over the sky - it's so high, you could speak with the Inhumans (on the Blue Area of the Moon).
Let's talk, should TV shows aspire to the same goals, as there movie counterparts? The greatest ability a television show possesses, it's the ability to adapt quickly if certain plots are failing to captivate an audience (DUH,Kurt)! Shows can go through dark patches, and still maintain a fun overall, quality that bigger productions cannot allude to.
I would like spend time to compare Arrow and The Walking Dead (they both started off extremely dark and are based on comic books) - how they're somewhat similar, except one infuriates me, to the point of screaming at my television screen! Arrow started off quite like The Dark Knight trilogy, immersed in reality. Thankfully, with the introduction of The Flash and Deathstroke - Arrow became a show that balances seriousness, with seriously awesome shows!(weaksauce, I know) I love how the main characters, are who they focus on, week in and week out - and also iZombie makes The Walking Dead, seem tedious in comparison.
iZombie is one of the wittiest shows on the small-screen, and the writers dare not back down from the drama aspect either (a hooker zombie)! Every season The Walking Dead, starts off with an amazing string-of-episodes. Then after episode 4, they're just using filler, until they reach a plot point they're excited about (there's only 16-episodes,no excuse). Another proclivity of TWD, the writers like to break the group into sub-sections - and focus an entire episode, to whatever group's turn it is. What happens if you're not a fan of a particular character, then you just wasted your time looking forward to an episode all week!(I mourned for Glen, and then you did that cheap trick - I liked Fear the Walking Dead better!)
Lastly, what should these shows aspire to accomplish for however long there show stays on the network? In television, every show should inspire to put consistently, well-made programming on a weekly basis. I don't mean, that the show must become boring and predictable, no quite the opposite.
To keep viewers interested, you must be able to surprise the audience from time to time. If you swing to knock the ball out of the stadium and into the bay - and you miss it, like prom that one year, because she bailed on you... hold up... Then you must pick up the pieces, rather quickly and add another intriguing plot thread to hold audiences attention.
Thank you to my three readers, you mean the world to me! This was an opinion piece, about the difference between the goals of television and the movies. Also, I tried to illustrate the importance of comedy in superhero movies.
To the general audience, one can lose interest quickly; due to the material generally being about aliens,robots,super powers, predominantly white-males,etc... If you can create a memorable scene, where everyone in the theaters bursts from the seams, laughing! Then chances are, you aspired to create a film, that tried to copy Marvel's - and why wouldn't you want to try be the best? All superhero entertainment, should aspire to create something wholly original, because a truly creative mind - realizes that comic books are a never-ending canvas, where the only limit, is where you stop.