It’s been awhile since I’ve done an “opinion” themed column like this. But I cannot stay silent ANY longer!
I have been a long-time defender of the “superhero movie” genre. They are fun, entertaining, and seeing my favorite superheroes and villains on the big screen has been an absolute pleasure for me an many comic book aficionados for over ten years. After all, while I was growing up the only really good comic book films were Tim Burton’s two Batman films and The Mask (a movie that many people don’t even know to be comic book related). That’s pretty much it. The first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie could be added to the list, I suppose.
When Blade starring Wesley Snipes came out in 1998, it was the beginning of something really special era for comic book fans.
The comic book movie genre was in full swing, and while many adaptations have been seen as misses to many (Green Lantern, Ghost Rider and Daredevil to name a few), it has generally been an exciting time to be a comic book fan.
But now I am a bit concerned. While Marvel Studios (who, let’s be clear, produce all of the movies in the Avengers franchise, and NOT the Spider-Man or X-Men films), seems to have a well conceived plan and layout for their films, it turns out most of the movie studios, especially Warner Bros., who develop DC Comics movie properties, are left to catch up. And I don’t think they fully understand that more often than not in superhero movies, less is definitely more.
Consider this an open letter, Hollywood! Things need to be taken A LOT slower when developing long-lasting and respected franchises.