Are There Too Many Superhero Movies for Hollywood to Handle?

Published 8 months ago by , Updated August 23rd, 2014 at 6:36 am,

Why a Marvel DC Crossover Movie Wont Happen Are There Too Many Superhero Movies for Hollywood to Handle?

It’s amazing how far we’ve come since Bryan Singer’s X-Men hit theaters in 2000. Viewed by many as ground zero for the comic book movie era – though Blade might have something to say about that – its success ushered in a new wave of blockbusters that included Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man series (launching in 2002) and Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy (which started in 2005). There may have been some bumps along the way (Daredevil and Catwoman), but the groundwork was laid for superhero movies to become the thing in Hollywood.

Today, it seems silly that the original X-Men film wasn’t a guaranteed hit at the box office. Four of the biggest studios in the industry (Disney, Fox, Sony and Warner Bros.) have their hands in this lucrative pot of gold, and in some cases are using films to emulate the comic pages. The concept of a shared movie universe that incorporated multiple crossovers was quite ambitious when Marvel Studios released Iron Man in 2008, but like X-Men, it only set the stage for things to come.

WB’s recent announcement that there are ten DC adaptations scheduled from March 2016 (Batman v Superman) to June 2020 means that there will be over 40 films based on Marvel and DC properties over the next six years. And while Tony Stark and Bruce Wayne are responsible for a large portion of gross revenue, this development won’t stop the studios from dipping into the sci-fi, fantasy, and action genres during this time as well. With so many “event” projects vying for audiences’ attention, Hollywood could be on the cusp of collapsing under itself.

But is it?


Superhero Overload?

Guardians of the Galaxy Avengers Crossover Are There Too Many Superhero Movies for Hollywood to Handle?

From fans commenting on websites to professional film journalists, many have the same thing on their mind: with so many superhero movies scheduled for release (not to mention, nearly 15 previous years of the genre being in the limelight), are we about to witness an audience burnout with regard to comic book movies?

One look at the box office numbers for Guardians of the Galaxy may cause some to scoff at that notion, but from a certain point of view, it’s a valid concern.

Hollywood works in cycles, with a different type of film being the number one option for moviegoers over specific time periods. Right now, many consider this to be the “golden age” of superhero movies, much like the 1950s represented the glory days of the western.

Batman Superman Wonder Woman Movie Suits Are There Too Many Superhero Movies for Hollywood to Handle?

The idea of the marketplace tiring of superheroes sooner rather than later is one that is brought up frequently, but fans of those films rightfully point out that comic book adaptations are no different from romantic-comedies or action flicks – meaning that several entries in multiple genres pop up over the course of a calendar year.

2014 saw four high-profile superhero films (after four the year before). In the grand scheme of things, is that really that many?

Granted, we’ve never seen Marvel and DC films arrive in such high volumes (2017 will see nine such projects open in theaters), but with four major studios currently involved in this gold mine, inflated numbers are to be expected.

While it’s unlikely that everyone playing this game achieves the same level of success (hi, Amazing Spider-Man 2), the notion that moviegoers are suddenly going to lose interest overnight simply isn’t true.


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  1. I noticed a very interesting difference about DC vs Marvel’s strategy.

    Marvel is creating a single inter-connected universe spanning different mediums (movies, TV, Netflix). But because the rights to different characters are distributed between different studios (Fox, Sony), we can only ever enjoy one version of a character at a time (exception: Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver).

    On the other hand, DC is playing with multiple universes, spanning different TV networks as well as movies. But because they don’t distribute the rights to their characters in the same way, we can enjoy multiple versions of all their characters. E.g., Flash on the CW and the upcoming Justice League movie; or Bruce Wayne in Gotham and Batman V Superman.

    So DC actually has a huge advantage over Marvel. At any given time, we could be enjoying different versions of the same characters, exploring different stories, portrayed by different actors, and produced by different networks or studios. We could potentially have three or more versions of the same characters popular in mainstream culture, topping box offices and Neilson ratings, all at the same time.

    Meanwhile, we have to wait for Marvel characters coming out with movies every 3 or 4 years. And we can’t see some of our favourite characters interact with each other because they belong to different studios. And on top of all that, Marvel also has to worry about what happens when an actor gets too old or runs out of their contract.

    • I just want to comment on a few things.

      1. “DC is playing with multiple universes”

      Marvel could easily do that too. They haven’t so far, but it’s not too late. All it takes is one or more movies and/or tv-shows that aren’t connected to the rest and bada boom bada bing you’ve got multiple universes.

      Also, not everybody is cheering the concept of having two different versions of a character at the same time.

      2 “we have to wait for Marvel characters coming out with movies every 3 or 4 years”

      The same is true for the DC movie characters.

      And Marvel are not only making movies (and AoS). There are quite a few other tv-shows on the way.

      3 “Marvel also has to worry about what happens when an actor gets too old or runs out of their contract.”

      DC don’t? Of course they do. People are already talking about how long Affleck can be Batman.

      You do have one point about Marvel not owning all their characters. This is an advantage that DC does have. And it is a huge advantage. But it’s the only one.

      • Hey Shoveler! Some good points there. And I respect anybody who uses “The Shoveler” avatar and handle. He was one of my favorite characters in the “Mystery Men” movie.

        I always say “The Shoveler’s shoes was shi__y from kickin’ ASS!”

        • Thanks. Yeah, he was the one that fit me best ;)

      • I think you missed his points…

        I believe his point was that while people wait for the next DC movie to see Superman or Batman or whoever every couple to three years, a person can still get their fixes by watching television. With Flash, Arrow, Gotham, and whatever else, the wait isn’t such a grueling affair.

        Marvel, on the other hand, has only SHIELD for whatever that’s worth. No character based series.

        His other point about an array of actors was to point out that the actor playing Flash on TV will not be the same actor who plays Flash on the big screen. Surely with the JLA coming to cinema, characters like the Flash and Green Arrow will eventually get presented. In the mean time, a whole different series is going on on the small screen with these characters.

        Marvel, on the other hand, is entirely focused on the big screen. It doesn’t matter what they “could” do. They don’t.

        • Maybe that was his point. But I don’t think people are actually experiencing this wait between movies as a grueling affair. I hope you aren’t entirely serious about that ;)

          Marvel isn’t entirely foruced on the big screen. They have two more series coming next year. Agent Carter and Daredevil. And they’re also developing Iron Fist, Luke Cage and The Defenders.

          So the two companies are pretty much doing the same and while DC has a small lead in television, Marvel has a big lead on the big screen and will be releasing 2 more movies before we see the next one from DC, so I don’t know how you would call it, but I’d say it doesn’t really matter, because they’re both focused on both platforms and they’ll probably end up with the same numbers of things happening.

          And that’s why I reduce the advantage to DC having all their characters.

          But to whom does it really matter? Only a few people in the bigger picture of things. I am sure that plenty of people waiting for the next Marvel movie would be happy watching Arrow.

          It’s not like Pepsi and Coke or McDonalds and Burger King. Most moviegoers and CB fans aren’t picking sides because there’s really no need to pick sides.

  2. No, as long as they keep making them good and not just shovel out crap and expect the public to eat it up like they did with Batman And Robin.

    • Batman & Robin on Rotten Tomatoes…

      11% Critics
      16% Audience

      …the public did not eat it up.

  3. I personally believe that all these superhero movies have their strengths and their weaknesses. However I also strongly believe that both critics and moviegoers tend to often stand on the platform of “Marvel Studios can do no wrong”.

  4. like the saying goes “what goes up must come down”. marvel will slowly burn their kid friendly garbage to the ground and it will be up to indie hero movies to ‘revitalise’ the ‘hero’ genre.

    the solution is pretty simple and was stated in the article – change s*** up, dont just make the movies generic (in all aspects). capt2 had some of the best action in a marvel movie, where as IM1 had a nice 50/50 tone (dark/lighhearted). hopefully the movies they have coming up are a little more serious in terms of production, otherwise we will get watered down and generic… like the thor movies and GotG >.>

    amazing spidey 2 was a great character movie, my friends and i genuinely felt sad at the end after the clock tower scene and seeing peter the way he was, marvel and fox need ot take que from that movie if they want to keep people hooked to their garbage (long terms).

  5. Marvel Studios and DC/WB are like the crack and meth houses of Hollywood films: they see an currently insatiable demand for superhero movies and they’ll keep pumping out product until that demand dries up. The problem is, because these studios rake in a ton of money at the box office they believe they can release anything – even something of questionable quality – and the fans will gobble it up. Look at Guardians of the Galaxy. That was a gamble that paid off for Marvel thanks to the brand and good marketing, and it pulled in $94 million on opening weekend. That inspired Marvel to plan movies about the C and D-list superhero roster until 2028, (and DC following suit to stay competitive) and the powers that be think people will be willing to pay $15 or more for a movie. Unless Nostradamus works for either studio, they can’t know that for certain to project that far out. Trends change, people’s taste change. This CBM craze won’t dry up until the studios’ accountants show them losses from those films.

  6. Are sports movies, romance movies, or comedies about to burn out?

    NO! Super Hero movies are a legitimate genre like the other ones. It’s not going to happen people, move onto the next conversation.

    • You cannot compare speculative blockbusters to romances and comedies. Romances and comedies will always be there, because
      - they are cheap to produce
      - grounded in everyday life and experience
      - mainly watched by couples and women as well as casual movie goers

      But when it comes to genre flicks such as fantasy, sci fi and comic adaptations, you have got
      - huge budgets
      - special topics only popular for a limited time (“hype”)
      - a mainly male, geekified core audience that NEEDS the casual movie goers to finance their hobby, and that doesn’t work for good

      I’ve been there…with SciFi space opera in the late 90s, early oughties. I used to believe it could go on forever, but it didn’t anfd I’m not willing to make that same mistake again. I’m going to watch those movies and shows as long as they are out there, but I won’t believe in their longevity beyond 2020… Won’t happen…

      • Agreed. Did anyone ever think 20 years ago Star Trek would burn out to the point that it would need to be “rebooted”?

        • Not the same thing. Star Trek is 1 franchise. Just 1.

          And the answer to your question is yes. If you count each Star Trek spin-off as a reboot then Star Trek is one of the most rebooted franchises there is. Nobody has ever expected any 1 thing to run for 20 years.

          But as you unintendedly pointed out, Star Trek is still around. It may be a reboot, but it’s still here. It didn’t die out. It just updated.

          And comic book movies are much more diverse than any single franchise like Star Trek. So it has a much better chance of being around for decades.

          • “And the answer to your question is yes. If you count each Star Trek spin-off as a reboot then Star Trek is one of the most rebooted franchises there is. Nobody has ever expected any 1 thing to run for 20 years.”

            Well nobody I know has ever counted the spin-offs as reboots, since that gimmick really did not exist during the run of the original set of shows and movies. And the Star Trek mythos from the 1964 show was a continuous continuity up until Enterprise, so the only reboot is the new films and whatever else they plan on putting out under the Star Trek name.

            As for Star Trek being only one franchise it still has spawned as many characters and worlds (if not more)as Marvel Studios “shared universe”, Sony, Fox or DC and did last for decades before it fell out of favor. Some of these comic book properties have already run through the reboot cycle and the movies are becoming less “diverse” and more formulaic every year.

            • I know the spin-offs are not technically reboots, but I’d say they do share one thing with a reboot, and that is that it’s a way to continue a franchise with new characters and new storylines. It’s not the old show with Captain Kirk and Spock that was still running 20 years ago.

              I know Star Trek is a huge franchise with many spin-offs. And that’s also why it never went away. Fell out of favor? Do you consider a reboot to be some sort of defeat? They’ve made two new Star Trek movies and have scheduled a third to be released in 2016. I’d say Star Trek proves my point. These things can be around forever.

              I get the feeling that you’ve perhaps misunderstood the debate. We’re not talking about how long a particular continuity or shared universe can last before it gets rebooted. We’re talking about comic book movies as a whole. That is what the article is about.

              It doesn’t actually matter that it’s formulaic. Almost all movies are.

              • Star Trek never went away initially because of television syndication, but there was a whole ten years between the first show getting cancelled and the first film. The modern set of television shows ran for nearly twenty years with the Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Enterprise, but it was five years of no new product until the reboot. And who knows how long this version and any other related projects will draw an audience.

                And I understand what the article is saying and no I do not thing that comic book adaptions will continue to be produced at the rate they are now, nor keep drawing the casual audience the way they need to. This current trend of big budget movies that need to draw six figure box office receipts will not last just due to simple business trends. The demand for these movies will not last past the point when they start to become repetitive, and due to the mechanics of the Hollywood machine it will not take long for people to start to see double when looking at these movies.

                • It wasn’t 5 years of thinking the franchise (Star Trek) was dead. In fact the franchise’s executive producer and a screenwriter began developing the idea for a movie in 2005 right after the cancellation of Enterprise. Writers Orci and Kurtzman was brought in and they reached out to Abrams who was hired to direct the movie in february 2007. They shot it between november 2007 and march 2008, then post-production and it was released in 2009.

                  The trend of big budgets isn’t exclusive to comic book movies. There are only 16 comic book movies in the top 50. But you are correct that it’s a fairly recent trend as most of the movies on the list is made after 2000. And that’s despite adjusting it for inflation. You do still see Titanic and Waterworld in the top 10. But there are no movies from the 80s and only 1 from the 70s (Superman) and 1 from the 60s (Cleopatra).

                  I’ll agree that the current rate could go down. But burn out? Not by my definition of the term. I think it’ll go up and down in waves. But even if it went back to the rate of the 00s or 90s, it would still be a thing that is going on.

                  But are we talking about two things now? The big budget trend is one thing. Comic book movies are another. The latter doesn’t really depend on the former. Plenty of comic book movies has been made on smaller budgets. The two Kick-Ass movies are probably the cheapest ($30 million) and they’re still quite enjoyable.

                  Everything is repetitive. These movies are no more repetitive than romantic comedies, horror movies, sci-fi movies, action movies, spy movies and so on. Almpst all movies come with subjects and storylines that has more or less been seen before. They won’t go down on that.

                  I’d say that moviegoers aren’t demanding anything in particular. They’re much more casual than that. They’ll go and see whatever is playing if it looks interesting and they’ve heard something good about it.

                  So would the day arrive when they’ll actually disregard a movie just because it’s based on a comic book movie? I don’t think so. Because I don’t think they’ll have that kind of bias against it. They might grow tired of a particular character or characters. But comic book movies as a whole when you counter in how plentiful that material is? I don’t think so.

                  • Shoveler, I’m liking the current debate going on here right now. A question for you….do you know if DC’s comic that changed everything in comic storytelling, WATCHMEN and their movie, is in the top 10 you mentioned?

                    It is without a doubt my favorite superhero movie and the only superhero movie whose production storyboards were based on the actual comic book panels. Only the ending was slightly changed, but still true to canon as far as the story goes.

                    • Hi Starxxfoxx,

                      The top 10 I mentioned was the movies with the biggest budgets. Watchmen only has a budget of $130 million. That sounds high, but by comparance Spider-Man 3 had a budget of $258 million.

                      I love Watchmen too. It’s definately in my personal top 10.

                  • I never said comic book movies would cease to exist, I stated that the current trend of high output of big budget movies would not last. As you stated and many people already know comic book movies and television shows have been around in one form or another for decades, the main difference now is that most of them have more financial backing and are of relative better quality than past attempts.

                    And smaller budget movies like Kick-Ass and it’s sequel are an example of the genre cannibalizing itself to a certain degree since the fist film was seen as a considerable success due to it’s budget, but the sequel coming across as a letdown in some people’s minds because it did make more money (the reasons for which are debatable).

                    As for comparing it to other genres it does not change the fact that fatigue may set in with comic based films because all types of movies suffer from it to a certain degree. There are a lot of films of varying themes and a lot them tank financially and/or do not receive positive receptions. And at a point most comic book films fall somewhere in-between the sci-fi and action genre, which as the article states means they are in competition with more than just other comic book adaptions for box office sales.

                    And the repetition factor may come in not due to a lack of source material from the comic books themselves, but the reality that Hollywood seems less interested in following any source material to the letter due to a perception that it may not draw in the casual movie goer that they need. The whole origin story for the hero set-up followed by the introduction of the villain with a McGuffin thrown in only goes so far, throw in the noticeable amount of robots that seem to show up lately and many of these films are going to start to look the same.

                    • Okay, I misunderstood you to some degree. I assumed you were talking about its death. Many critics do.

                      I do agree that people can and will get tired of any number of things after a while like a certain type of villain (robot) or perhaps a specific character (Spider-Man?) or even a certain formulaid storyline.

                      But all that can be fixed. Batman took a much needed break after Joel Schumacher’s latest attempt. It allowed him to come back bigger and stronger than ever.

                      Origin stories can change. They can go back to using flashbacks and other methods of revealing how a hero became a hero. I am actually hoping they will because I do see a need for a change to that particular formula.

                      I can easily see Hollywood making these fixes too late and a few movies getting hurt by it. You could argue that this has already happened to Spider-Man. He is hurting from all sorts of mistakes made by the Hollywood machine.

                      But it’s not so much that he’s a comic book character. It’s all sorts of mistakes that could have been made to any other franchise. And also, his problems hasn’t really affected anyone but him.

                      I think it’s a good thing that these movies are competing against movies that aren’t comic book adaptations. It raises the bar. It means they’re not just being judged as good or bad comic book adaptations. They’re being judged as good or bad movies.

                      So it’s okay that some fail. Hopefully they’ll learn from that and step up their game. For example it really does seem like Fox learned something from the failure of X3 and OW. It didn’t turn into a downward spiral. And now X-Men are stronger than ever.

                      So I can see the concept of comic book movies enduring always because it isn’t just one thing. And audiences are gonna judge them individually as good or bad movies.

                      But I certainly agree that they have to stay fresh and keep evolving. They can’t stick to a specific formula.

  7. I think the biggest flaw is actually the shared universe thing. It definitely limits the writing and opportunities. It will be their downfall, the question is only WHEN.

    • Their downfall?

      Nah, if the shared universes stops working, it’s pretty easy to just stop making them connected.

  8. YES! There are FAR too many superhero / comic book projects… With 5-7 movies a year plus an abundance of new TV shows freely available, genre fatigue will be upon us pretty soon. And it has NOTHING to do with quality… High quality products may be able to postpone the death of the genre, but only for a couple of years. In 3-5 years from now, the wave will fade away, no matter what they do… It’s been the same with westerns in the 60s or televised space opera in the late 90s / early 00s… There is only so much demand for a certain genre. If it fades away, it’s gone…probably for good…

    But don’t worry. By the time that happens, we’ll have 100+ comic book movies based on DC and Marvel stories alone plus 10+ seasons in various TV shows. So there is plently of stock material to dwell on for the rest of your lives.

    • Nope, it won’t. It can’t be compared to westerns or space opera. Let’s talk again in 3-5 years from now.

  9. It’s funny that Marvel and DC actually own the trademark to the term “Super Hero”, making it less of a catch-all when describing comic book based films. As for these movies being a genre all to themselves, I just feel like they are a sub-set of sci-fi and fantasy. Odds are non-fans do not differentiate movies based on comic book properties from things like Star Wars, Transformers or Lord of the Rings, which are all big budget films with a lot of special effects and fantastical events going on.

    As for the potential of overload, well the only parallel I can draw is from what happened to the comic book business back in late 90′s. Marvel and DC flooded the market and quality with down and interest from fans along with it. Even though there are a lot of characters populating the comic book realm, it is going to come to a point where they are going to start running out of well-known or interesting characters to showcase, and even known properties will run the risk of becoming redundant if similar films and story lines are presented in close proximity to each other.

    The argument that other genres like action films and comedies have not or will not burn out is kind of a cop-out too since a lot of films in these genres get critically panned and tank at the box office regularly. And from a financial standpoint action films are the only ones that can amass the same six figure budgets as these comic book films making the chance of a financial bomb more of risk over time.

  10. Are you really asking if the world is ready for these superheros?

  11. Allow me to help:

    “Are There Too Many Superhero Movies for Hollywood to Handle?”


    Next article.

  12. No, I don’t think so because, it takes one person at a time.

  13. Domestic box office shouldn’t be the only thing that matters.

  14. Just like Jello, there is always room for them.

  15. This same conversation is being had about football, particularly the NFL. Are people getting tired of football? No, in fact, the ratings and merchandise sales show just the opposite. No matter what ridiculous rule changes the NFL comes up with, or how much offseason criminal behavior the players engage in, or how many concussions players get or don’t get, or how much they try to jam football down our throats during the offseason, people are in front of their TVs every Sunday watching the games.

  16. I can’t believe people actually are using this to badh Marvel or DC.
    But yo answer the question no there are not yo many superheroes movies at the moment.
    I do believe people will probally need to get used to a major roster change after Avengers 3, that might slow Marvel down a tad.
    DC will need to score big points with their upcoming bigbucks movies, if these fail they need to fiocus on what is going right, the series,
    DC imo need a shared universe like Marvel is building, i always hated the multiverse thing they have going on with tv land and movie world.
    One universe one actor playing the part, that is what it needs to be for my taste.

  17. As a long time Comic book fan (early 70′s) I KNOW the Wealth of incredible story lines Comic Books have to offer. There’s a plethora of characters all with their OWN unique personality’s….these characters have been well fleshed out, long established Character’s that have up to 80yrs. …of history and at least 50yrs… for most. There are story’s about all walks of life, there are everyday troubles that plague the Heroes in their books just like real life…even those on a Cosmic scale…there’s Alcoholism, Bigotry, Abuse, Cancer, Aid’s etc..etc…Real life issue’s boldly addressed in their story lines, giving a “Real World, real time” down to Earth flavor injected with Fantastical Characters…in 1976 I read the 1st year long storyline in Avengers Continuity & tapped on in the Guardians of the Galaxy…the character’s “The Collector, Carina, & The Other” were all part of what’s referred to as the “KORVAC” Saga and they all made an appearance or mentioned in GOTG….So for MARVEL that Strong Continuity is 1 of their biggest strengths…& That has been what Translated so well to the big Screen & captivated audiences…they’re Seeing Hero’s super & otherwise with everyday “Life” problems and quirks…they Can relate to these Icons because of that real life taste, No matter how fantastic that movies characters are!…Comic Books had always been considered “Funny books” yet these story’s can give the biggest Sci-Fishing Movies a good Run for their money…they’re intricately woven tales as good as Any Novel you’ve all Read with well fleshed out characters with long History’s, Well Established and personality’s built over 50 yrs…I love seeing the exposure these movies have offered the Books they originated in…I’ve waited years for Ppl to see for themselves that We CAN IN FACT…Learn from Comic Books I’ve read them day in & out…I like to think reading So much about characters of Honor, ethic, courage, respect, Resourcefullness,& Compassion…& most important SELFLESSNESS…I’ve aspired to adopt all of those Values into my everyday life….it’s No Easy Path…but it feels right & I’m first to help in Any situation or problem that arises…I Don’t know most ppl even know what these words mean let alone act on them…but it is something I’ve learned from Comics and thar changed my approach to Life significantly…watch & learn they can reach a broader audience…they Fail sometimes Win most times are Fallible just like Us all…What’s Not to love about these characters?…their popularity is So Long Over due …and I for 1 will she’d light on that aspect as much as I can…thank You Stan Lee…you’ve given us a helluva good ensemble of different characters as has DC Comics stable of heroes…it’s just Marvel has given such real world legitimacy to the Pantheon of Their Creations that Will blow Ppl’s minds…thank you

    • Dan, I can’t disagree with you one bit. Comics are like a printed color soap opera that many of us can’t live without, and are even inspired by, like yourself.

      While DC and Marvel have held the lead for many many years, they WERE given a real run for their money when VALIANT debuted in the early 90′s with Barry Windsor Smith and Jim Shooter’s Gold Key comic rendition of SOLAR MAN OF THE ATOM. And that run which also included Gold Key’s MAGNUS ROBOT FIGHTER and TUROK led to new creations RAI, XO MANOWAR, ETERNAL WARRIOR, HARD CORPS, ARCHER AND ARMSTRONG, and their flagship title which all other titles centered around, HARGINGER, which was the centerpiece of continuity for all the other titles.

      During their brief run until a hostile takeover and Shooter was let go, VALIANT eventually tumbled and folded, but was the NUMBER 3 comic book publisher and was showing the big 2 how great storytelling and art, all printed in the best color of its time and on quality paper featuring great continuity CAN sell new comics. VALIANT comics even cost way more than the big 2 at the time, yet they came the nearest to overtaking them, and that record hasn’t been matched since.

      Say what you want about Shooter guys. He still writes great stories and IMHO ranks up there with the greatest of comic book writers.

      • Previous reply spelling error: Should be HARBINGER, not harginger. Sorry ’bout that. Got wrapped up in the writing — SF

  18. Great analysis!

  19. What constitutes a “Superhero Movie?”

    Weren’t pretty much EVERY action flick of the 80′s and 90′s Superhero movies?
    Just minus the history and uniform?

    • I will also add that I find it odd that comic book adaptations seem to be the only movies that get this treatment.

      Where are these articles:

      Are there too many romance movies?
      Have people gotten sick of Comedies?
      When is Hollywood going to stop making horror movies?
      Why so many dramas?
      Have kids grown tired of animated movies?
      When will the action movies ever stop?

  20. I don’t care about saturation. I am just hyped to see 40 superhero movies over the next half decade! :) I’m not a critic, or a stubborn super fan. A fan yes, but no fanatic. I’ve enjoyed every one of the movies all of you sit here and debate, b****, and rip apart. Unless one of them comes out with another ‘Howard the Duck’…I’m in. I still ocasionally watch Catwoman and Green Lantern. I think the ones collecting the most dust on my shelf are the original Hulk movie (another character I really love), Elektra, and the non-Tim Burton Batmans before Nolan.

    Ok, now to be a hypocrite. The only one I am not pleased about is the new Fantastic Four movie. I was a HUGE fan as a kid, had hundreds of issues of the series. I am just not happy with what I hear about this movie.

    I would like to see a really good Swamp Thing movie. One with a big budget and effects.


  22. I disagree, more money to be made with 3-d IMAX theaters.
    Hollywood didn’t have enough content for them when they first opened, hence re-releases of several movies to play on them specifically.
    I am glad to see competition but in some areas, opening night for a few of these already released were pretty empty. These movies are such a niche market that if you deviate too far from the source material, it will be tossed globally. This is Pax Americana and probably our last legitimate export in the global market. (Use “The Ring” – 2002 as reference for movies being derivative of foreign films.)
    I am glad to see competition. None of us want to see pissing contest, just good, character driven stories that are so similar to the comic its almost too indulgent, then there will be too many of them. Three Punishers, one Wolverine in 6 movies, more than 3 actors playing multiple comic character roles and 5 actors as Batman alone. The downside to this kind of glut is, children have less time to formulate their own ideas when there are so many diverse options available. Reading and writing are what old people do.