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What Happens After the Super-Hero Movie Bubble?

CmdrTaco posted more than 2 years ago | from the reboot-retool-recycle dept.

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mattnyc99 writes "In the wake of a not-that-exciting Comic-Con come some (perhaps premature) reports on the so-called "Death of Superheroes" — what one financial group calls "the top of the (comic book) character remonetization cycle." In response, Esquire.com's Paul Schrodt has an interesting look down Hollywood geek road. From the article: "What happens after The Avengers, or Christopher Nolan's third and final Batman movie — after we've seen all there is to see of the best comic-book blockbusters ever made?""

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339 comments

A cigarette? (1)

Picass0 (147474) | more than 2 years ago | (#36907692)

TSIA

Put the internet on the screen (1)

suso (153703) | more than 2 years ago | (#36907962)

You'll probably start to see a trend of Hollywood adapting Youtube shorts directly to the big screen. I have to laugh everytime I see some news program turning to the internet to show what is going on there. They just can't compete with it.

Reboot (4, Insightful)

SamSim (630795) | more than 2 years ago | (#36907714)

They'll reboot the franchise and start again. Just like with Batman and Spider-Man.

Re:Reboot (4, Insightful)

dmomo (256005) | more than 2 years ago | (#36907812)

It's been working for the comic books themselves for the past 70 years, so I guess the movies are sort of being faithful in this respect.

Re:Reboot (1)

SamSim (630795) | more than 2 years ago | (#36908218)

Now let's be careful here. It's DC Comics that have been rebooting themselves over and over, and even then only for about 30 years, 50 if you want to call the Silver Age a reboot. Marvel have never rebooted their main continuity, and nor have a lot of other major series.

Re:Reboot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36908260)

Ok, not rebooted... but Ultimate Marvel?

Re:Reboot (1)

Culture20 (968837) | more than 2 years ago | (#36908344)

Ok, not rebooted... but Ultimate Marvel?

Which has been clearly shown via multi-stage crossovers (Ultimate-Zombie-Normal / Ultimate-UltimateSquadronSupreme-SquadronSupreme-Normal) to be just another Marvel continuity: Earth-1610 (Normal is Earth-616)

Re:Reboot (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36908372)

Then why the hell isn't Tony Stark eighty years old now?

Re:Reboot (1)

Stem_Cell_Brad (1847248) | more than 2 years ago | (#36907858)

YAWN. too bad you are correct.

Re:Reboot (4, Insightful)

Artraze (600366) | more than 2 years ago | (#36907896)

Exactly. Super heroes stories are the modern mythology; they never die they just keep being told and retold just like people have been doing for thousands of years before. And, despite all the haters hating the lack of "originality", I personally think that's pretty cool.

Sure the popularity will fade a bit and the more B+/A- movies (e.g. Green Hornet) will probably segue into B+/A- spy thrillers or whatever the next genre of the decade is (sci-fi please? hahaha), but I do expect that super hero movies are here to stay.

Re:Reboot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36908038)

...and the more B+/A- movies (e.g. Green Hornet)...

Dude, did you just say that Green Hornet was B+/A-?!?!? You've got some really fucking low standards. Try D+/C-.

Re:Reboot (1)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 2 years ago | (#36908120)

No, he's just using the modern reviewer scale, which goes from AAA**** to B+

Re:Reboot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36908500)

Ahhh, yes. I believe that's also known as the eBay Rating Scale.

Re:Reboot (1)

Canazza (1428553) | more than 2 years ago | (#36908304)

Well, we had our cycle of Crime films in the 90s/early 00s. Goodfellas, Lock Stock, Snatch, Reservoir Dogs, Usual Suspects, Pulp Fiction and Oceans 11 among the better ones, with loads of tripe in there too (I'm looking at you 51st State. Your only redeeming feature was Samuel L Jackson in a Kilt), 2000s has had super hero films and spy thrillers.
With the Iraq war and Afghanistan winding down, and the looming threat of terrorism, I think we'll be seeing more War films and more Black Comedies in the next decade.

Re:Reboot (3, Interesting)

Applekid (993327) | more than 2 years ago | (#36908616)

Exactly. Super heroes stories are the modern mythology; they never die they just keep being told and retold just like people have been doing for thousands of years before. And, despite all the haters hating the lack of "originality", I personally think that's pretty cool.

No hate here, but I've never seen a more succinct reason to outlaw perpetual copyright protections granted to our "modern mythology". What I hate is that only DC and Marvel and Hollywood moguls will profit indefinitely from what is OUR culture. Imagine how much more interesting culture would be if the everyday person was allowed to tell and retell these stories, too.

More Comic Books Than You Think (3, Interesting)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 2 years ago | (#36907986)

Although they most certainly will, they don't have to. I think that the comic book corpus is deeper than you think. Fables [wikipedia.org] was highly enjoyable to me and The Sandman [wikipedia.org] wasn't bad. Are they perfect for a movie adaptation? Maybe not. But I can think of many comics with great story lines that aren't common household names. I really wouldn't mind seeing more comic book movies like The Watchmen. I guess the primary problem with that is they would most certainly have to be rated R and that stunts your market. I can think of examples suitable for children like Percy Gloom [percygloom.com] that I think Pixar could really run with ... of course, these aren't traditional superhero constructs (neither was The Watchmen), they're more complex than that.

I think that if Hollywood and the comic publishers had more fairly compensated the original artists that they wouldn't be facing a lack of material. Here's a research exercise I'll leave to the reader: Who personally profited more from Spiderman: ${Sony CEO} or co-creator Jack Kirby (and his estate)? If a large enough percentage of profit is pumped back into the creators, you'd see an explosion of people vying for that market with new and original ideas.

More and more with the creative art that I consume I strive to make purchases directly from the artist themselves because we have the internet and the internet enables this so why not? Hollywood and their accounting methods are absolutely horrible about this so why should I worry that they're not going to have anymore comic books left to rape soon?

Re:More Comic Books Than You Think (1)

sirdude (578412) | more than 2 years ago | (#36908444)

I agree. There's plenty of new material and plenty of old material as well. As for the article itself, it claims that Watchmen was "bad" which implies that the writer is something of a turd :S Aren't there new Iron Man, Kick Ass, Flash Gordon and Conan adaptations also coming out?

Re:More Comic Books Than You Think (1)

Pope (17780) | more than 2 years ago | (#36908556)

I knew about the Conan reboot, but was quite surprised at the "John Carter of Mars" trailer I saw last night before "Captain America."

There's lots of source material out there, it's just up to us to decide what we're willing to watch.

Re:Reboot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36908132)

Maybe when they remake the Marvel movies they could just do them exactly the same but without the Stan Lee cameos. Damn, that guy can kill a film with a single line.

Super (2)

m2vq (2417438) | more than 2 years ago | (#36907720)

There is a recent movie called Super [imdb.com] , which is really funny. It even has the "superhero" and his sidekick having sex with each other, true batman and robin style.

Ad infinitum (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36907722)

At the end of the cycle, they'll wait a few years and then start it again. That's why it's called a cycle...

Re:Ad infinitum (1)

vajrabum (688509) | more than 2 years ago | (#36907776)

If they prove true to form, in the low part of the cycle resulting from shoveling too much of the same tripe for too long, I'm guessing they'll focus on having the MPAA after all their customers.

duh, hollywood finds something else (4, Insightful)

alen (225700) | more than 2 years ago | (#36907726)

we've had disaster movies, monster movies, historical, fantasy, sci-fi and others.hollywood will find another genre and milk it.

plenty of books out there that haven't been made into movies or in need of a modern CGI refresh. Bible movies anyone?

Re:duh, hollywood finds something else (1)

loftwyr (36717) | more than 2 years ago | (#36907802)

There are thousands of bible movies made for the fundamentalist christian set. They just don't get the big marketing budgets the regular ones do. Most of the B-list actors make good money appearing in them.

Re:duh, hollywood finds something else (2)

Danse (1026) | more than 2 years ago | (#36907890)

Maybe a return to ninja movies, like in the 80s.

Re:duh, hollywood finds something else (1)

ArsonSmith (13997) | more than 2 years ago | (#36908340)

+1

I just recently put "Revenge of the Ninja" into my instant que. Maybe I'll try to get to that this weekend.

Re:duh, hollywood finds something else (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36908008)

Bible movies are too difficult to get right. Everyone has their own deeply held interpretation of the stories. Changing cannon is taken a bit more seriously in the genre. Mel Gibson's Passion was a once in a life time success. He was planning on doing the sequel ( book of acts of the Apostles) or possibly a prequel ( The Maccabees), but the whole alcoholism and anti Semitic rants sort of killed any chance of those being done on a grand scale. The existing ones in the genre are pretty poorly written and conceived reducing the characters to one dimensional figures robbing them of their humanity.

Re:duh, hollywood finds something else (2)

Baloroth (2370816) | more than 2 years ago | (#36908282)

Video game movies, more likely. Space Invaders the movie, and Asteroids the movie are both being made. Will they be any good? No.

On the other hand, there are still plenty of comic book movies. Man of Steel [wikipedia.org] even looks kinda promising (Christopher Nolan and Zack Snyder doing Superman). Ok, it looks very promising. So, no, the bubble isn't over yet.

Re:duh, hollywood finds something else (2)

The Moof (859402) | more than 2 years ago | (#36908438)

To be honest, comic book movies have been getting churned out year after year for the past 30 or so years, possibly longer. It's not just some fad that was picked up in the late 90s/early 2000s, nor do I think it's some bubble effect.

Superman was a household movie name back in the 80s, the early 90s was dominated by Batman remakes. Not to mention the plethora of comic-based movies that aren't your typical "super hero comics" (think along the lines of Sin City, From Hell, or Weird Science).

The game bubble (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36907736)

Battleship, Asteroids, what else!

Nintendo (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 2 years ago | (#36907842)

If only Nintendo would let the Animal Crossing anime film be dubbed and brought over to North America. Or allow a Super Mario Bros. movie more along the conceptual lines of the animated series and completely unlike the Hoskins/Hopper disaster.

Patrick (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36907746)

Bat(e)man reboot IMO.

We remake them all, of course (2)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 2 years ago | (#36907754)

Remakes, Reimaginings, Reboots...who says it EVER has to end?

Re:We remake them all, of course (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36907978)

Crossovers of course, they've been setting them up for ages, little references here and there to other characters and possible crossover reasons...

Re:We remake them all, of course (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36908460)

Hell, they just had a reboot of the Star Trek franchise even- and did a better than average job thereof (Though not as good as it could've been done...but then I'm not the one producing/directing the thing, now am I?). Done right, you can retcon damned near anything so long as you make it believable. We'll see if they managed that with the new re-spin of Conan the Barbarian coming up. And, yet, you can do weird fusions of things that're full-on western and simultaneously steampunk/SF- Cowboys and Aliens shows that one being possible and doable. All sorts of ways to re-imagine these stories and freshen them up a bit or a bunch.

Oh noes! (4, Insightful)

pak9rabid (1011935) | more than 2 years ago | (#36907770)

Heaven forbid they have to *gasp* come up with original material!

Re:Oh noes! (1)

LWATCDR (28044) | more than 2 years ago | (#36907970)

Actually I believe that there are under 10 stories or something like that. Every book, movie, and play are just variations on those stories.
Take Star Wars for example. It is the same as the tale of King Author which is the same of any number of other stories.

The reason why super hero movies are doing well is technology. We now have the ability to do them on screen now and not have them look cheesy. Combine that with the fact that people will pay to see big visual movies on the screen. If the movie is just a romantic comedy or some other character driven movie they may just wait for it to be in Red Box or Netflix and save the time, money, and hassle of going to the movies. If you get popcorn and two drinks and two movie ticket it is big bucks these days.
Whats next? Who knows but it will have to be something worth seeing on a big screen.

Re:Oh noes! (2)

Missing.Matter (1845576) | more than 2 years ago | (#36908406)

This is because in most stories, conflict drives the plot. After all, If there were no conflict, the story would be pretty boring. English types have broken down pretty much every possible plot into 7 different categories of conflict:

  1. Man vs. Self
  2. Man vs. Man
  3. Man Vs. Society
  4. Man Vs. Nature
  5. Man vs. Supernatural
  6. Man Vs. Machine/Technology
  7. Man Vs. Destiny

Where of course "Man" isn't literally a man, but whoever or whatever the protagonist is. The end result is we have thousands of stories that in the end boil down to these same seven conflicts or some combination thereof, which is why stories like Avatar, Fern Gully, and Pocahontas seem the same.

Re:Oh noes! (1)

HarrySquatter (1698416) | more than 2 years ago | (#36907974)

Since when has Hollywood ever done that? Hollywood has almost never come up with original material. Since the beginning the bulk of movies were adaptations of books, plays, comic books/strips etc.

Re:Oh noes! (1)

the eric conspiracy (20178) | more than 2 years ago | (#36908214)

There have been no new movies since 1930 or so. Everything since is really just variations on the narrative.

Re:Oh noes! (1)

Uhhhh oh ya! (1000660) | more than 2 years ago | (#36908714)

Its true that as stated there are very few plot directions and in truth you don't see much variation. Where originality comes in is all the in between stuff, the jokes used, the character development, the world they are in. You may say Star Wars was just the story of King Author but King Author did not have light sabers in it. This ability to insert truly original content in to something that at its base has been done before is what sets movies apart from each other. If you really walk out of a Avatar and all you got was, "ohh that was a man vs nature narrative" then I really feel sorry that you (for lack of a better word) fail at watching movies.

Original Material? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36907988)

How about this: they could make a series of movies about a bunch of kids with special abilities that fight against and eventually triumph over someone evil. I know, The kids could be young witches and wizards in training and the big evil person could be a megalomanical evil wizard determined to rule the world! Maybe the evil wizard killed the parents of one of the kids so we open with this boy living in the under stair cupboard of his aunt and uncle. Yeah, that's it....

Saturday Morning..... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36907786)

Cartoons!! They've already done two that I can think of off the top of my head, Transformers and now Smurfs, oh and GI Joe.. so maybe we'll see more pop up?

Cowboy movies (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36907796)

A reboot of the Clint Eastwood Spaghetti Westerns?

Of course, Gollyweird will have more blood, gore, tits, ... OK tits are good.

Re:Cowboy movies (2)

Nidi62 (1525137) | more than 2 years ago | (#36907868)

They already redid True Grit, which was better than the original. A remade Rio Bravo could be interesting, although the casting would be hard to do. And yes, I much prefer John Wayne westerns over Clint Eastwood westerns.

Re:Cowboy movies (1)

scamper_22 (1073470) | more than 2 years ago | (#36907952)

I'm John Wayne of the first True Grit pilgrims! Hate Clint Eastwood pilgrims.

Re:Cowboy movies (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36907904)

A reboot of the Clint Eastwood Spaghetti Westerns?

that would be awesome.

We move from super heroes to other comics? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36907808)

Thomas Jane's "Punisher" was, I'm told, based on the Ennis run of the book. I'd love to see a "Preacher" movie. Or an HBO series.

Maybe a reboot of "Constantine," except, you know, with a British guy this time?

Looking at the /. poll... (1)

milbournosphere (1273186) | more than 2 years ago | (#36907852)

It's clear they should make another Uma Thurman movie :)

Re:Looking at the /. poll... (1)

couchslug (175151) | more than 2 years ago | (#36908090)

Not anymore unless they use CGI. Old Uma isn't Young Uma.

Re:Looking at the /. poll... (1)

HarrySquatter (1698416) | more than 2 years ago | (#36908166)

No need for cgi. Just lots of makeup and some digital touchup. They do it all the time on actresses anyway.

Re:Looking at the /. poll... (1)

SethJohnson (112166) | more than 2 years ago | (#36908360)

No doubt you are correct.

Even so, I was re-watching Pulp Fiction a couple of months ago and looking at Uma in her scene with Travolta at the 50s diner. As she kept exhaling cigarette smoke I couldn't help but look at her face and notice things I didn't remember from back in the nineties. She's got really buggy eyes, and that Betty Page haircut really hasn't aged well. She was definitely 'IT' when Pulp Fiction came out, but her attractiveness isn't timeless.

Seth

Re:Looking at the /. poll... (1)

mypalmike (454265) | more than 2 years ago | (#36908544)

[Uma Thurman] was definitely 'IT' when Pulp Fiction came out, but her attractiveness isn't timeless.

Also, she has sharp knees.

Villians (4, Funny)

Culture20 (968837) | more than 2 years ago | (#36907862)

Galactus: a Tragedy of Universal Proportions.
Dr. Doom vs Mephisto. Yo Mama Fight. ("Yo Mama was so dumb, I stole her soul and am keeping it in Hell!")
Red Skull, an insightful look into the caring side of a Megalomaniac Nazi General.
Solomon Grundy vs "The Zombie" crossover film. A new cult classic!
The Osprey. What happens after the Osprey is rejected from the Frightful Four tryouts? It's a madcap whirlwind rush for a one page wonder from Marvel comics golden age!
Mr. Mxyzptlk. Four hours of a stationary picture of Mr. Mxyzptlk, with a rumor that there's a cliffhanger scene after the credits. There is not.

Maybe they'll make god movies again. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36907864)

You know, films that had more dialog than car chases? Ahhh... the good old days.

Moar reboots! (1)

marto (110299) | more than 2 years ago | (#36907876)

The Weekend at Bernie's [wikipedia.org] franchise will get the 'reboot' treatment.

Idiocracy (1)

ShavedOrangutan (1930630) | more than 2 years ago | (#36907894)

"The #1 movie in America was called "Ass." And that's all it was for 90 minutes. It won eight Oscars that year, including best screenplay."

Now that every old TV show and comic book has been remade and the Justin Bieber movie done, next will be the Kardashians movie, and then it's time for "Ass" the movie.

Might as well put "Ow my Balls" on TV, too.

Re:Idiocracy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36908186)

next will be the Kardashians movie

Finally! I have been waiting for the Deep Space 9 movie for years!

Re:Idiocracy (1)

Svartalf (2997) | more than 2 years ago | (#36908482)

Heh... They did that with America's Funniest Home Videos years ago...

Re:Idiocracy (1)

Culture20 (968837) | more than 2 years ago | (#36908538)

next will be the Kardashians movie, and then it's time for "Ass" the movie.

Can't they be the same movie?

Blame copyright law (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36907920)

Since copyright law allows publishers to own the rights to anything perpetually (I know the law says 100 years, but they will no doubt get an extension come 2026 when Disney Corp is about to lose rights to Mickey mouse again as they did in the 90s), there is very little motivation to come up with new characters.

Investing in and developing new concepts is a risk, and it's a lot cheaper to just maintain their monopoly via huge marketing machine structures that have already been built.

They're overdoing it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36907922)

This will continue as long as people shell out money to see reboots.

I personally am about done with 'reboots' (I will probably NOT bother to see any of the spiderman reboots for example).

The whole situation reminds me of television (I almost never turn on the Television anymore) -- putting themselves out of business by abandonining any creative core it may have pretended to have had before it became a wrapper for marketing.

Ambiguously Gay Duo (1)

Hatta (162192) | more than 2 years ago | (#36907944)

Can Ace and Gary make it in the theater?

anime is next (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36907968)

Next they'll remake japanese anime
As long as they don't have to write it by themselves

Okay, this is just sad. (2)

Crash Culligan (227354) | more than 2 years ago | (#36908034)

I have no doubt that Hollywood will lose its taste for the cash cow it's currently grinding into hamburger (note: not the mixed metaphor that it sounds like). But fretting over The Next Big Thing, simply because a clear winner hasn't emerged yet? That's pathetic.

For one thing, take a look at the movie listings. There's currently a lot more out there beside the "superhero" movie. Some of it is older genres, some of it is niche new stuff that someone felt was good to throw against the wall, just to see if it stuck. If the superhero genre can be said to be "dominating," it's only because they're making more money, not because they're filling every theater and pushing the ordinary genres off the screen.

Second, when their star finally does fade, who's to say it'll do so completely? Like I said, a lot of older genres are still being explored. Who's to say we won't get a satisfying drip of interesting empowered individual films in the future?

And third, it's entirely possible that the reason that the superhero film has dominated Hollywood's rather Asperger's-like focus is that the Next Big Thing hasn't come along yet. I have every confidence that when it does, filmmakers will jump upon it with both feet and kick the Current Big Thing to the curb.

Movie Holograms (1)

arivera71 (1415917) | more than 2 years ago | (#36908048)

In 20 years all movies will be made from Holograms and they will reboot all the super heroes again!!

Sequel Bubble (3, Insightful)

Nidi62 (1525137) | more than 2 years ago | (#36908062)

Independence Day 2 and 3, Men in Black 3, Jurassic Park 4, Twister 2(Supposedly Bill Paxton is pushing for this), Ghostbusters 3, etc. Seems they want to pull out franchises that are at least a decade old(or at least a decade since their last good movie) and start again. Supposedly they're even looking at making another Evil Dead sequel.

Re:Sequel Bubble (1)

Svartalf (2997) | more than 2 years ago | (#36908526)

To whit, many are begging that they don't do it... Army of Darkness was a nice cap to the whole thing. I'd rather they did a re-spin of the stuff over a fourth in the series in this case- not that I think they should do a re-spin either.

not many left (2)

aahpandasrun (948239) | more than 2 years ago | (#36908066)

There's not too many more superheroes the can make movies out of. Once you have to make a movie about Thor, you know you're reaching the bottom of the barrel. I bet you we'll see Aquaman soon.

Re:not many left (1)

HarrySquatter (1698416) | more than 2 years ago | (#36908142)

No problems with that as they will just remake them all again. Batman [wikipedia.org] is [wikipedia.org] a [wikipedia.org] great [wikipedia.org] example [wikipedia.org] of [wikipedia.org] them [wikipedia.org] doing [wikipedia.org] so [wikipedia.org] repeatedly [wikipedia.org] .

Re:not many left (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36908418)

Umm.. half of the examples you gave weren't remakes, they were just sequels or movie adaptations of an existing TV show. And yet you did manage to miss the fact that they may already be planning to "reboot" Batman again after the Dark Knight Rises in order to tie-in with a possible JLA movie.

Create the 10 installment Silmarillion Saga? (1)

SengirV (203400) | more than 2 years ago | (#36908094)

It's really the only think I'd like to see made at this point. It would make LoTRs look like a walk in the park. Just keep Jackson and his revisionist hands(no Scouring of the Shire) off of it. Heck, I"m sure he'd Sauron out as a sympathetic character at this point.

Uh... (1)

xiao_haozi (668360) | more than 2 years ago | (#36908106)

we all get to enjoy movies again? Wait... that didn't happen much before the SHB (super hero bubble) either.

Star Wars re-remastered 3D edtition (1)

VeryLargeNumber (1394367) | more than 2 years ago | (#36908112)

...what else? With a new Cantina scene including Lady Gaga appearing as an alien (or vice versa).

Too important to leave this to market forces (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36908122)

I think a federal agency is needed to provide backstop funding for Hollywood superhero productions. Socializing the losses of superhero productions will provide the signals needed for funding to flow away from the improper non-superhero productions and into the proper superhero productions. If we are lucky, 80% or more of Hollywood productions will end up being superhero movies. In fact, every person should be able to participate in the American dream of going to a superhero movie. All movies should be superhero movies and all restaurants should be taco bell.
 

What bubble? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36908130)

Given how few of the truly great comic stories have made it to the big screen it's hard to see how these have peaked. Most of the time they scarcely make it past origin stories and start telling another story.

Why not just say all the great movies that are going to be made have already been made? Given the low percentage of super-hero movies relative to all the other movies that have been put out, it's more likely to be true.

It ain't over until (1)

MadChicken (36468) | more than 2 years ago | (#36908168)

...they have a Squirrel Girl movie.

How about another question? (2)

N0Man74 (1620447) | more than 2 years ago | (#36908190)

What happens after the 'Bubble' bubble?

Is anyone else tired of hearing the term 'bubble' being used so ubiquitously and loosely now?

Board Games (1)

choko (44196) | more than 2 years ago | (#36908206)

I think the next wave of movies is based on board games. I know there is a Candyland and a Battleship in the works.

That's easy: more crossovers (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36908208)

First there was Predators versus Aliens, then Batman versus Magneto, Star Trek versus the Empire, Borg versus Spiderman, and finally, My Little Ponies versus Zombies.

Re:That's easy: more crossovers (1)

JustOK (667959) | more than 2 years ago | (#36908272)

those poor zombies.

My wish: gritty historical spectacles (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36908224)

Hopefully set in Rome or medieval europe. Less cgi and slo-mo, though. I want backstabbing, bone-cracking and wenching on the big screen.

More remakes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36908236)

It seems like they are transitioning from the '70s and '80s remakes to '90s remakes with the upcoming "Total Recall."

We will be on the Videogame franchise bubble... (1)

happyhangone (599849) | more than 2 years ago | (#36908242)

Where is the Halo movie? Gears of War? Uncharted? Zelda? Be sure that the Videogame theme based movies are going to be the next big thing. They have the potential to be more popular than any comic on earth... How many people really buy comics and read them right now? On the contrary, just look how millions of human beings waste hours of their lives in front of their consoles not just reading about an imaginary world, but playing in them... I assure you, when a movie studio gets out a Marvel Studio-like success out of a movie franchise... It will be bye bye to the comic theme based movie...

This will never end (2)

gad_zuki! (70830) | more than 2 years ago | (#36908246)

Look, this has been going on since the early 1990s with the Michael Keaton Batman movie. Its been 20 solid years. I'm not sure why its suddenly going to end.

Turns out audiences like simple-minded melodramas with clear-cut good guys and villains. They love fight scenes and over-the-top special effects. Comics fits perfectly with what most moviegoers want. Christ, Michael Bay can do this with something as worthless as a cartoon to sell toys. I think more well rounded characters are a shoo-in.

Of course there are lots of stinkers. Most notably Ang Lee's Hulk (sounds like simpsons parody) and the weird stalkerish Superman Returns. Hollywood's economics are setup in a way for them to easily absorb bad movies as long as they have a handful of hits every year.

Re:This will never end (1)

Culture20 (968837) | more than 2 years ago | (#36908682)

Of course there are lots of stinkers. Most notably Ang Lee's Hulk

With the exception of the Absorbing Man being Banner's father, I thoroughly enjoyed Ang Lee's Hulk. The only Hulk movies prior to that were made for TV and starred Lou Ferrigno as the Hulk, and Ang Lee's Hulk much more closely resembled the comic book story line.

Westerns (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36908250)

Westerns will be the next build thing. Bonanza movie.

Groo (1)

JustOK (667959) | more than 2 years ago | (#36908258)

and Groo Too.

Re:Groo (1)

fortfive (1582005) | more than 2 years ago | (#36908374)

If only . . .

Re:Groo (1)

JustOK (667959) | more than 2 years ago | (#36908588)

Or the final installment: Mulch Ado About Nothing

Anime (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36908270)

Already one of the largest trends on Netflix, lower budget but creative and interesting.

Well... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36908334)

They can always redo the classics like Deep Throat [wikipedia.org]

New writers, scripts, characters? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36908336)

New ideas, fresh blood? Grown up plots?

Sadly... (1)

Denogh (2024280) | more than 2 years ago | (#36908362)

This [wikipedia.org] happens. I think board/video games will be the next wave of things they appropriate because they weren't able to come up with any original ideas.

Not that they haven't started already (Doom, Silent Hill, Resident Evil, etc.), but I think we're going to see a lot more. Expect "Connect Four: The Movie" to premier in summer 2012. I'm sure Michael Bay will be happy to direct it.

Clue (1)

billlava (1270394) | more than 2 years ago | (#36908596)

Clue was actually pretty good. It was very loosely based on the game, and turned out to be very funny. Battleship, however. Let's just say I won't be standing in line for that one.

Cops and dogs (1)

PhilHibbs (4537) | more than 2 years ago | (#36908450)

I'm hoping for more wacky comedies about law enforcement officers and their pets.

"Best"? (1)

d'fim (132296) | more than 2 years ago | (#36908474)

. . . after we've seen all there is to see of the best comic-book blockbusters ever made . . .

What is this "best" of which you speak?

Plenty of good books... (1)

dpilot (134227) | more than 2 years ago | (#36908516)

Some of them are even begging for a movie adaptation. At least something on "Good Omens" is finally moving forward, even if it's Terry Jones on TV instead of Terry Gilliam on the big screen.

*** Mild Spoiler Ahead ***

The latest pet idea I had, after seeing Harry Potter get a successful 8-movie run, was Alistair Reynold's "Pushing Ice". The novel could be well done in 3 separate movies. (names are not titles, just plot segments)
Part 1 - In the solar system
Part 2 - In transit
Part 3 - At the Nexus
Finally, since the book doesn't end conclusively, they could always give it the "Spaceballs 2" treatment - "The Search For More Money" and do at least Part 4.

They are ALL the same (1)

Osgeld (1900440) | more than 2 years ago | (#36908698)

Especially the marvel movies outside of maybe spiderman, super dark super big, and so fucking dull you want to gouge your eyes out on the exact same story arch every time

now what is wrong with your movie (lets say xmen) when you have all this OVER THE TOP action and effects and the best the audience can to is collectively sigh out "who gives a fuck"

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