Now I know that by what I am going to say will enrage comic book fans best spiritual movie are just too similar. Yes each individual character may have some special power, costume or back story but the storylines generally follow a very similar path which sees the creation of said Super Hero followed by a battle with a nemesis or in the case of some – multiple nemeses, all of which is embellished by bit action and CGI.
As such there is going to come a time when audiences grow tired of watching yet another one of these movies only to end up watching the same old story with just a different character and star. And this ties in that a time will come when audiences will grow out of movies which rely on special effects and big star names to entertain and start turning there back on movies which have no originality or fail to deliver a different angle on an old storyline.
Over the last decade the number of Super Hero movies being made has slowly increased and if we haven’t had a new one with a new character we’ve had remakes, reboots, re-imaginations, sequels and off shoots. But whilst there was a time when you would get a new Super Hero movie and then there would be a few months before another one rolled along the number being thrust upon the cinema going public is creeping up to stupid proportions with a lot of these movies scheduled for release over the next year, many of which are leading up to big collaboration Super Hero movies such as “The Avengers”. If you just take a look at proposed Super Hero/ comic book movies for next year there is Green Lantern, Captain America, Thor, X-Men: First Class, Priest and not to forget that “The Avengers” is in the pipeline as is “Batman 3”, a Spider-man reboot and also another Superman movie and I know I have barely scratched the surface of Super Hero movies either in production, ready for production or awaiting the green light.
Now whilst this list I am sure will excite fans of these sorts of movies it ends up becoming a turn off for those who up till now have only enjoyed the occasional one. And as such there is a huge possibility that with so many of these movies hitting the big screen in a relatively short period time audiences will drop off to a chorus of “We don’t need another hero”. The knock on effect is that those big collaboration movies such as “The Avengers” could even end up being shelved by studios when they see public demand for Super Hero movies dropping off.
All of which could be avoided if the studios didn’t go over the top in trying to capitalize on the popularity of Super Hero movies. If they spread all these movies out over a bit more time then there would be less chance of audiences, those who like a variety of movies, will grow tired of watching them and seeing them filling up the big screens. As it stands with all these movies going on there is a huge chance that they will burn out before some ever get made.
What this all means
Matthew Vaughn could well be right and he is not alone in thinking that the current popularity in Super Hero movies could be coming to and end. It all boils down to studios trying to capitalize on a popular trend but in doing so going over the top and in effect wrecking it’s longevity by throwing too many of these movies at audiences in a short period of time, rushing through inferior movies just to make money whilst the rush is on.