Why Spielberg Was Right: Comic Book Movies Are Reaching A Saturation Point
So a week before Steven Spielberg made his comments about super hero and comic book movies, I pitched this exact article idea to my editor here, Noemi. All I had to do was write it before the other pieces I pitched and I would have made the statement a week or two before one of the greatest directors of all time. Now I just sound like I am following his lead (Editor’s note: this was pitched before the comment was made), but I’m not. He is just right and we are on the same page. Now keep in mind, I have been collecting comics since I was seven years old, so this is NOT me dissing comic book movies. But I also write A LOT about movies, so this is more from the angle of someone who is aware of trends and algorithms in film. Not to toot my own horn, but these predictions have proven right many times over (that article was dropped BEFORE Star Wars reboots were even a thought). So I am on to something here. But I am also warning everyone, before 2017, a comic book movie backlash is going to kick in. Just watch. You can only force feed so much of the same thing to someone before they gag on it. That is where society is at with comic book movies (and almost justifiably so).
Fantastic Flaw Reboot Ruined Everything
This movie was so bad, I was actually mad at myself for stealing it online.
This was the moment I realized it. Watching this shitfest of a movie. Even when I heard the news of the Fantastic Four reboot, I shuddered. Why am I the ONLY PERSON ON EARTH who seems to understand that Fantastic Four is a direct result of the era it was spawned from (the 50’s) and will not work in any way in modern times? Nerd guy who turns elastic. Rock guy. Fire guy. Invisi-girl. It is whack material aimed at kids, but the problem is, movie execs have no fucking idea, and if it is a comic book, they will make it into a movie or reboot the shit out of it until it works (PS, Fox, you suck. Stop making comic movies, you fucktards).
That is the first problem. They are throwing EVERYTHING at the audience thinking as long as it is based off a comic, it WILL be good. Sorry, not the case. FF lost a LOT of money (like, all teh moneyz), and that is a bad sign. We are talking hundreds of millions, people. And they tried THREE fucking times with that shit (just like Spiderman). But at what point do people say enough?
Sequels and Comic Book Movies Galore
By the time you see this article, there will be six more Iron Man movies out.
If you look at movies over the last five years, what we have primarily gotten has been superhero movies and sequels and reboots. Originality in Hollywood is all but ignored, while big names and titles are the things that get hyped, despite how bad they might be. Now if even me, as a comic nerd, is getting a little burnt out on comic book movies, what do you think your average NON-comic fan is feeling about comic book movies right about now?
Now you see where I am going, and how right I am. Iron Man has been in five movies already. Not dissing him. Great movies and great character, but how much have they evolved him as a character (as in addressing his womanizing and alcoholism)? Um, pretty much not at all. Get it? There may be a lot of it, but it is kinda going nowhere fast.
Right now he is working on the comic book adaptation of Schindler’s List 2: Schindler’s Pissed.
So as much as some people may have thought Steven Spielberg made those comments out of jealousy because he is not part of that big comic book movie boom right now, I wouldn’t think that’s the case. Pretty sure if ‘Berg hit up DC or Marvel and told them he wanted to make a movie from one of their characters they would literally throw it at him and then bow for twenty minutes. But the man knows movies (even if his last few may have lacked some of the impact of his 80’s work) and is speaking truths.
We are on the cusp of comic book movie backlash. They wont just stop watching them. It will go back to how it was in the 80’s when NO ONE was touching comic book movies or making them. Yes, we will end up back there (and that was the WORST).
Funny how it’s always in extremes, huh? We either get none at all or get every comic book movie ever within the span of one decade. Man, Hollywood is fucked up. I blame cocaine. Helluva drug, by the way. Why do you think this piece is 300 words over my max wordcount! WOOHOOOOOOO!
*Gets bloody nose
So How and When Will It End?
I have so much love for the above character and faith in the above movie, that if it sucks, I am done with comic movies.
I really believe it will only take a few more movies as bad as the Josh Trank (douchebag) directed Fantastic Four. When four really good actors all turn in performances that feel stunted and fake and forced, something is really wrong. Luckily, we haven’t gotten that many comic book movies that have been THAT bad.
But…have you seen the lineup for the next three years? Outside of some darker DC stuff and Deadpool, we might get there a lot sooner than most think. Speaking of things slowly disappearing…