NY Times: Have Superhero Movies Peaked?

Van Jensen

Van Jensen is a former crime reporter turned comic book writer. In addition to ComicMix, he contributes to Publishers Weekly and Comic Book Resources. He lives in Atlanta, and his blog can be found at graphicfiction.wordpress.com.

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3 Responses

  1. Kevin Makice says:

    While I prefer Heath Ledger's Joker to no other screen supervillain, there was a lot about Batman Begins that I preferred to Dark Knight. Spidey is a completely different kind of superhero, so there are ways in which Spiderman II is superior. And while making Watchmen into a movie is a bit like casting God in a film of the bible, all indications are that the spirit of that graphic novel is going to translate to the big screen. When that happens, why wouldn't it break the same ground and have the same impact on storytelling in the film medium as it did with comics?There are a lot of high bars being set, certainly, but there are also a lot of achievements yet to come:* A compelling team story that captures principals' status equally (the Star Trek and X-Men problem)* Female stars (where is Joss Whedon's freakin' Wonder Woman movie???)* The unexpected, where instead of following existing legacy the film charters brand new ground for the characters (not just deviations from known mythology)* New formats for movies, like maybe a year-long theatre serial that spends 45 minutes opening for another filmWatchmen is so impactful because it violated the anticpated rules and put more humanity into the fantasy storytelling. You can easily see its effect on changing the way the comics were drawn and told. That kind of revelation will play out differently for the film industry than it did for print.Interesting article and post. Thanks.

  2. John Ostrander says:

    It's fascinating to me that critics who would've marked ANY superhero film or even comic based film as inherently substandard by its nature of its roots in gene fiction now look to say it's passed it's prime. Again, that it has it's limits. There are reasons why they are critics and not xreative people; critics also inherently have their own limitations.What Mr. Scott fails to identify is that it's not just the numbers oARpeople seeing THE DRAK KNIGHT but the DIVERSITY — both genders, all ages, all colors and races. The film has struck a nerve in America. The Joker isn't just a terrorist or an anarchist; he's a personification of the TIMES. Not the NY Times but the time we live in. And even Batman sometimes seems helpless against him; what works with others doesn't work with the Joker. We are drawn to the movie because it seems to encapsulate this Joker Age and, in so doing, makes it understandable.This is what THE WATCHMEN is aspiring to be. They may have already been trumped by THE DARK KNIGHT.It's a point Mr. Scott seems to have missed. Critics see films often in private screenings. Perhaps Mr. Scott should go back and see it again in a theater full of people.

  3. Delmo Walters Jr. says:

    Joss Whedon's WW film died when he & Warner couldn't see eye to eye. Once he said he was going to change the costume, I lost interest.