If you love comic books, fantasy novels, or science fiction, you ought to be in paradise at this moment. As it is, the entire Hollywood caters to yours tastes. Hollywood tosses $2 billion worth of blockbuster motion pictures at you each summer. Of course, there was also a 1994 Fantastic Four film which was so awful, that it couldn’t be released.
That brings us to the terrible news: The blast of enormous budget superhero films is an air pocket that appears ready to burst. How would we know? Well, since it’s happened some time recently.
Everything begins when …
5. A Surprise Box Office Success Makes Everyone Jump on the Bandwagon
We’re not inexorably saying that there are an excessive number of superhero films out there. We’re all excited about Iron Man 3 and Man of Steel and the seven or eight others that will be releasing later this year.
However, at this moment, Marvel alone has under production Iron Man 3, Wolverine 2, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Fantastic Four (reboot), The Avengers 2, and Ant-Man. Over the span of these movies, Thor is going to battle elves, Captain America is going to battle a cyborg, and there will be an entire film about the “Guardians of the Galaxy.”
Incidentally, the new X-Men film – called Days of Future Past – rotates around Kitty Pryde sending her mind back in time. So we’re stating that we may very well perhaps be reaching a tipping point here.
Nobody flutters an eyelash today when The Dark Knight Rises pulls in millions of dollars in the cinema world. However, this would’ve been unbelievable 15 years back. In the ’90s, the majority of the real cash producer films were Die Hard knockoffs (Con Air, Broken Arrow, Face/Off), sober tragedies (Dances With Wolves, Schindler’s List, Titanic), Adam Sandler being a nitwit, and Tom Hanks doing things that didn’t include having superpowers.
This changed in 2000 and 2001 when X-Men, Spider-Man, and the first The Lord of the Rings turned out. Keep in mind that in those days those geeky films were unsafe ventures for the studios. Not just was this the first occasion when that both of those Marvel superheroes would be seen on screen, yet the last superhero film to turn out around then had been Batman and Robin, which, you know, we’d rather not discuss. Spider-Man really set the movies record at the time, and The Lord of the Rings is going ahead with its Hobbit prequels. Normally, all the Hollywood cash men had their goddamn personalities blown, and today they’ll toss a quarter billion dollars at any project that includes a hero in a mask. That is what we’re alluding to as an air bubble.
4. The Geeks Take Over, and Everything Goes Great for some time
Geek directors who really cherish the source material are abruptly getting the green light to make these films the correct way.
We’ve reported Peter Jackson’s over the top detailing while making The Lord of the Rings. At the same time it’s important that Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man contains huge nods to the genuine comics.
Similarly, X-Men was unwavering when it came to characters, practically just changing the outfits – and even that gets a nod when Cyclops recommends that Wolverine wear “yellow spandex.” The dudes who made these motion pictures made it a point to keep the nerds happy.
Contrast that with 1989’s Batman, directed by a person who said he didn’t care for comics and written by a person who believed Batman’s inception story was excessively stupid, making it impossible to work in a film. It was another era.
The New Hollywood era was about film nerds assuming control – a bundle of bizarre, experimental directors known as the “movie brats” with names like George Lucas, Francis Ford Coppola, Steven Spielberg, and Stanley Kubrick.
They emerged on the grounds that they were producers who grew up watching and adoring motion pictures, which is the reason their movies are loaded with little references to the past. You can perceive these reverences – in Taxi Driver, when Martin Scorsese has a super-worried Travis Bickle (Robert DeNiro) gaze into the bubbles of his beverage looking for meaning. In it, he’s referring to another scene in Jean-Luc Godard’s Two or Three Things I Know About Her, where a man gazes at the bubbles in his beverage for the same reason.
These were the characterizing elements of the New Hollywood era and they’re all present in the contemporary time also. This enthusiasm and about existing art is what makes post-X-Men science fiction, fantasy, and superhero films stand out. They love their source material.