As we all know, many blockbuster films, or any films, are based off books or comics. The problem is (and it is very common) that many of these adaptations are not as accurate as the books are. One thing that really annoys me is if they get the hero movies wrong from their comics, or when they create a film based off a banned book and do not live up to its epicness. So here's a list composed of films that can be ranked in the "hero" genre, and are in need of a sequel or a total reboot.
1. Green Lantern (Reboot)
You probably weren't doubting seeing this on the list. Ever since the 2011 comic adaptation of DC's Green Lantern came out, critics and fans everywhere have appeared upset with the outcome. The film earned a 5.6/10 from IMDb, a 26 percent rating off Rotten Tomatoes and 39 percent rating off Metacritic. All in all, the film didn't get the attention it really wanted.
Despite the adorableness of a real-life married couple being on screen (Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively), the film appeared almost completely CGI. I kind of liked it, but after seeing the behind the scenes features, I believed it had the right to be called an animation film. One thing that absolutely bothered me was Reynolds' suit being completely CGI, so he was walking around set in a motion censored pajama. I mean, just hear what Reynold's has to say about it, compared to his Deadpool costume:
"Oh, ‘Deadpool,’ you can’t even compare — I mean, it’s brutal doing a film where you’re wearing a motion capture suit for the whole time. Just as an actor it’s brutal, but like — a lot of people relate to [Deadpool] because he has cancer. So we worked a lot with the Make a Wish Foundation and those kids would come on set, and I loved hosting them. Because when I’d walk out in that suit, you’d watch their minds explode, and that felt amazing. And that’s something I never really got to experience before because there was no Green Lantern suit. I didn’t even get to see the Green Lantern suit until the first trailer. I never even knew what it looked like. So [‘Deadpool’] was a pretty great experience. I love having the tactile, real deal, all the time."
To be fair here, whenever someone gets the role of a superhero, it's always fun when you can wear your costume anywhere you go. Like how Johnny Depp always has a Captain Jack Sparrow costume with him, especially when he visits children's hospitals. I'm pretty certain you wouldn't want to walk around surprising kids in this:
As said before, this film is in need of a reboot.
2. The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen (Sequel)
If you can remember this movie, then I have a lot of respect for you. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003), in my opinion, was a pretty awesome movie. The film was adapted from Alan Moore's book, who is also the author of the incredible V for Vendetta (which is certainly a favorite movie and book of mine).
At the end of the film, as Allan Quatermain dies, the team separates, but I believe they also speak of getting together again. Which, I think, needs to happen.
If you want to see a film that'll include classic characters such as a vampire Mina Harker from Dracula, the Invisible Man, Captain Nemo, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, and an American Secret Service agent known as Sawyer (who I think is Tom Sawyer), then this movie is a definite watch. But more importantly, it would be more fun to watch a sequel of an adventure the gang share. Or even a reboot with new characters. The possibilities are endless here!
3. Superman Returns (Sequel)
Though this technically can't happen, one can always hope. One of my favorite Superman films ever done has to be Superman Returns (2006), who featured DC's Legends of Tomorrow's/Arrow's Brandon Routh. An aspect I truly enjoyed about this movie was that Routh's face was just so perfect for the role. His type of handsome was perfect for the portrayal of Superman. Now, I have nothing against Henry Cavill, but his face is much more firm and almost appears intimidating. Then again, the DC cinematic universe is meant to be dark, so I guess he's the right pick.
The main reason why I would really like to see a sequel to this film is because of Lois' son. Well to be precise, Superman's son. The scene above shows that the boy has the strength his father has. And I believe it would truly be interesting to watch Superman and his son together. Or discovering that he has a son. And in all fairness, Routh is a pretty good actor. This film turned out to be a one-hit wonder, and Routh deserves so much more than that.
4. Cat Woman (Remake)
Once again, I have nothing against Halle Berry, but I really do think that this film has the potential to have a remake. It didn't have very good reviews in 2003, as IMDb gave it a 3.3/10, a 9 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes and 27 percent rating for Metacritic. So it really does have room for improvement. To me, the most important aspect of the film is the suit. The suit is too revealing in this movie. Looking at the comic's suit, you can see that it is skin tight yet makes her appear as sexy as ever.
She didn't have to wear only a bra and pants to walk around.
If I had to have someone take her place, who has already done the role, it would probably have to be Anne Hathaway. Her portrayal of the character in The Dark Knight Rises (2012) was pretty awesome, and she definitely nailed the suit properly. A definite opportunity for a feature film.
5. Ender's Game (Sequel)
Though this may not be considered as a hero movie, I believe it is. Yes, he was trained to destroy a whole race of aliens that "planned" to take over the whole world again, but he is a hero to some point since he met the queen of this alien race and promised he would take care of her offspring. Adapted from the banned book, Ender's Game (2013), was a pretty fantastic film.
Now this movie is only one of the books in the Ender series by Orson Scott Card. In reality, there are eight books, some about Ender and some seen through the perspective of Bean (another important character in the film). With so many books in publication, this opens a good opportunity to continue the film.
As mentioned before, Ender swears to the queen of the alien race that he will venture for a new planet in which he can preserve her race. As Ender's Game is a book series, the directors and screen writers would have something to go for. Thing is, does anyone want to?
6. I Am Number Four (Sequel)
This is certainly a movie that needs a sequel. It truly upsets me that there hasn't been one since the movie came out in 2011, because the book series by Pittacus Lore is a really good series. The film itself received a 6.1/10 for IMDb, but even poorer views from Rotten Tomatoes, which was 33 percent. All in all, with Alex Pettier taking the role of John Smith, the movie is pretty good as a book adaptation.
Perhaps it does not live up to blockbuster expectations, but in my opinion, as a small film it appears to fulfill the set.
There are seven books in total, going by the titles: I Am Number Four, The Fall of Five, The Power of Six, The Revenge of Seven, The Rise of Nine, The Fate of Ten, United As One. Goodreads ranked the books to be 3.9/5, and Barnes and Nobles gave it a 4.4/5. Perhaps that's enough to encourage D.J. Caruso to create the next one in the series?
7. Daredevil (Reboot)
Like Green Lantern, this movie has been mentioned again and again as a hero film that desperately needs a remake. I believe that is true to an extent, since some of it just doesn't feel right (and I've seen this film twice already), so it's ended up on this list.
Besides portraying Batman, Ben Affleck has taken on the role as the blind but keen Daredevil. Now, I watched this film a few months ago, and I was surprised to see that it was really the first movie (for me) that had a character interacting with another character from the same universe (during that time, I mean). Though Elektra died in that movie, which basically led the plot to her own feature film, plenty of aspects of the film didn't seem right.
I just think that Daredevil, being a legit character in the MCU, deserves a better movie for himself in the MCU. Of course, you could have Ben Affleck doing the role again, but I don't think Batty can do that.
8. Hellboy (Third Installation)
You know, there actually has been rumors of this happening? I think it would be totally cool if Guillermo Del Toro actually continued this movie franchise. I liked it for one — Abraham was my favorite character. And the film was truly unique, displaying characters differently in both movies.
The first film, which was created in 2004 received a 6.8/10 from IMDb and an 81 percent rating from Rotten Tomatoes. One thing I noticed about movie interpretations of comic books is that it can be really hard to satisfy the crowd and get a good review. Unless, of course, the movie is done by a genius director such as Del Toro himself. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like there'll be a sequel, as Ron Perlman, who portrays the character, told Variety:
"['Hellboy 3'] probably will never happen,"
"though you never say never"
As Perlman says, you never say never to a possible continuation in the series!
9. Ghost Rider (Remake)
This one really confused me because I enjoyed Nicholas Cage's performance as Johnny Blaze, though the critics thought other wise. Ghost Rider (2007) received a 5.2/10 from IMDB and a 26 percent rating from Rotten Tomatoes. Not so great for Mr. Blaze
And seeing as Marvel created a new series/version of Ghost Rider, it would probably be way more entertaining since its a fresh character with a new appearance (slightly).
And now that we have the technology for sick CGI skills, imagine the possibilities with this movie!
10. Blade (Remake)
As the first Blade film was created in 1998, the trilogy didn't receive very good reviews. Perhaps it was due to "wrong" casting or a bad adaptation from the comics, critics and fans didn't seem to like it so much.
The first film received 7.1/10 from IMDb, and a 54 percent rating from Rotten Tomatoes. The second movie, Blade II (2002), received 6.7/10 via IMDb and 57 percent rating off Rotten Tomatoes. With the final movie, Blade: Trinity, getting a 5.9/10 from IMDb and 25 percent rating off Rotten Tomatoes.
I'm pretty sure that these ratings, and the reality that this is actually a really good comic, is enough to boost the studios into creating a new one soon.
Which One Deserves The Reboot/Sequel?
So you've seen this list of films that are in dire need of a reboot and/or sequel. Which one needs it the most is purely your decision. But whether or not that can be truly pursued, well, we'll just have to let the studios decide.