Currently, the fad in Hollywood is to not only reboot a franchise or pump out ridiculous amount of sequels, but to squander time in the field of superheroes. This is a movie genre that needs only one upcoming movie to be released, which is happens to be the final installment to Nolan’s Batman series; The Dark Knight Rises, which will hit theaters next July.
Tim Burton’s colossal blockbuster, Batman in 1989, sparked a field of previously untapped source material. This source is one that wouldn’t truly be tapped for another ten years. Sure Superman films had been released in the 70s and during the 90s three more Batman sequels spawned miserably, yet failed to capture true success. Studios had become leery of the idea of superhero films until 2000 with the release of X-Men though the true breakthrough came in 2002. Spider-Man, directed by Sam Raimi, hit theaters in that particular year and helped thrust more heroes to the silver screen. Thus the craze began pumping film after film of the super content to expelled, mostly by Marvel.
In honesty, out of the many films there have been only a few diamonds in the rough. The field of hero has been tainted with the likes of the cruddy films of Fantastic Four, Green Lantern, and Ghost Rider to name a few, a few the list could certainly go on and on…and on. The problems with many of these films are either two things. The first would be the source content the hero is being adapted from and whether it’s boring, personally un-connecting, or horribly produced for the screen. The other problem is how so many superhero films rehash the same typical story; the origin story of self identity, love finding out your true nature, and fending off the villain without true intent. We have seen the origin story and for most superheroes, it is the same idea just with a new character heading the journey. Please let’s get a little creative and write a better script.
Few superhero movies have as much depth as 2008’s The Dark Knight. Not only was the audience involved personally with the hero, but we have never been matched with such a treacherous villain in The Joker in any previous superhero film littlelone a film of any other kind. The story not only had a great plot, villain, and production value, but also conveys character and moral backbone that so many other, practically all, superhero films have yet to portrayed.
Ever since 2002, theaters have had a steady stream of superhero films in which for the most part have headlined many of the past summers. Aside from the three Spider-Man films, only Batman and Iron Man have truly made a difference. The first Iron Man despite having flaws like any film does, took a somewhat secondary hero and bursted him onto the scene as a cool, genuine character which helped the movie be on the lines of a “pretty good superhero movie”. Although the second Iron Man film deviates from that course and tried to do the bigger is better, yet failed. With a dopy plot, a horrible ending sequence, and allowing Robert Downey Jr to convey too much of a brash narcissistic persona that ending up making Tony stark rather annoying in the sequel.
The superhero genre has been a recycled mess with all of the characters. Did the Incredible Hulk really need two movies? The 2008 film is a tie in for the upcoming Avengers movie, yet they did a horrible job at creating a better movie than the previous 2003 version. Can we please base Hulk in some reality and not make him the freaking size of a small Transformer?
2013 will be bringing back two film series to produce even more box office green. A sequel to this summer’s Thor will crash into screens, but the question is whether it truly warrent a sequel? The first film by no means was a bad film, yet failed to connect and bring the audience something fresh, maybe which is why it did not spark as much in the box office as other super films. Iron Man 3 will also head this summer, but with the annoyance that was Iron Man 2, can The Avengers be the upcoming sequel for Iron Man? If not, please write a better script with some depth, make Tony less of an irritant, kill off Pepper in the opening sequence, and have the villain battle awesome and not where he self destructs.
Next year The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises, Ghost Ride: Spirit of Vengence, and The Amazing Spider-Man all hit theaters throughout the summer. While The Man of Steel, a Superman film, will fly to theaters towards the end of the year. Hopefully The Avengers will fix the flaws of Iron Man 2, The Incredible Hulk, and Thor for a better film, though this is a “All-Star” team of heroes and we know how All-star events turn out. Boring, who truly wants to see an sporting All-star team unless it’s Michael Jordan and Bugs Bunny? The main event next summer without doubt is The Dark Knight Rises, the end of a phenominal Batman series, one of the few movies that has depth and meaning in this mash of a super genre.
Captain America: The First Avenger crashes into theaters and we will see if it hits a homerun and delivers something unique or will be just another typical superhero origin. This will be the last film to be tied in for use towards The Avenger, which takes over theaters in May.
Advice to Hollywood, cut down on the Superhero movies, sequels, and reboot to produce some fressh original content.
Will this be on the lines of Fantastic Four (aweful), Iron Man (Average/Good) or will it be The Dark Knight (Astounding)? Check back Friday for full review on Captain America: The First Avenger.
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