I like super hero movies as much as the next guy, but there is such a thing as a saturation point. Not all these movies interest me. Not all these movies will be good. Not all these movies deserve to made or even seen.
What this onslaught of super heroes flicks reminds me is how in comics DC and Marvel will push more and more Batman/Spider-Man/Wolverine/X-Men/Superman/Avengers titles (there are about 10 or so monthly Avengers titles alone, not counting the solo superhero titles) and glut the market. That’s great for a short-term bounce because who doesn’t like Wolvie and Bats? It’s terrible for comic in general because other titles. better titles, less high-profile titles end up with receiving no attention. This practically guarantee the only comics we’ll be seeing in the summer is the same old spandex same old.
A “wait-and-see” approach to the capes and costumes tsunami we are about to be hit with may be the smart move here. Clearly Disney, Fox, Sony and Warner Brothers are fully invested and confident the ticket buyers are still hungry for more spectacle and special effects. But I have my doubts. The more comic movies made increases the odds many of them will tank and tank hard.
Something’s gotta give. Or maybe it won’t. Maybe there are enough comic geeks and casual fans out there willing and able to support 32 superhero flicks over the next six years response to DC’s announced slate of films saying I wouldn’t be that way about Marvel movies, but it’s not a fanboy bias for one company over the other to say a good movie is a good movie no matter who makes it and Marvel’s certainly made more than their share of really terrible super-hero crap fests. For every Green Lantern and Jonah Hex by DC, Marvel has stunk up the joint with Iron Man 2, Elektra, Ghost Rider, Spider-Man 3, Daredevil, and I haven’t watched Thor: The Dark World yet).
After The Avengers made a billion bucks every studio went in search for super heroes they could rush into theaters. Be honest. Was anyone really hoping for a Suicide Squad, Inhumans and Lego Batman movie? Not only are we getting a Captain Marvel movie from Marvel we’re getting a Shazam! movie from DC featuring a hero that used to go by the handle, Captain Marvel. If this is confusing for people who read comics, there’s no hope for a civilian to understand what’s coming down the pike.
While I’ll see my share of these upcoming movies, there’s no way I see all of them. Don’t let this get around, but while I enjoy a good superhero movie, I’m an adult and adults enjoy filmed entertainment that has nothing to do with wall-crawling, dark knighting or shield-slinging. I like James Bond movies too, but if Hollywood were making 32 spy movies just like James Bond that might be a few too many.
Nobody’s crystal ball is so clear they can predict what’s going to hit and what’s going to die a horrible death at the box office, but there’s going to be a lot of opportunities for successes and failures.
Or as they say in comic books, to be continued…