Debate of the Day: Where Do Superhero Movies Go From Here?

This spring/summer marks the release of two of the biggest superhero movies well…ever. The Avengers is out Friday, and The Dark Knight Rises in July. I just posted a brand new trailer for that film an hour ago, and I suggest you check it out if you haven’t yet.

The Avengers is the result of more than half decade of features, Marvel making each piece in a cog that leads up to this grand amalgam of its heroes. In short, it’s about as big as superhero movies get. The Dark Knight Rises is Nolan/Bale’s last Batman film, and the series has had two of the most memorable superhero films in history, and the third will probably not disappoint many.

But the question is, now what? The past decade, since I’d say X-Men in ’99 has been that of the superhero, but now, it seems that the train is losing steam. We’re not rebooting films mere years after they came out. Spider-man is staring over. Man of Steel aims to correct the mistakes of Superman returns. After the Avengers, the members will probably go back to their own films. But at what point do we start to get fatigued with all this? At what point can we let go of these characters, and focus on other types of blockbuster properties instead?

But this is what we get when we ask for something different.

Unfortunately, when looking at the alternatives, superheroes still seem like our best bet. The other options for summer spectacle films are now based on toys (Transformers) or board games (Battleship) and even recycled superhero films look downright innovative by comparison. And I don’t think the solution is pulling in new heroes either. I don’t need to see a Wonder Woman movie, even if she a recognizable character that exists.

It’s just a shame that there aren’t more James Camerons and Christopher Nolans out there. Spectacle features like Avatar and Inception ended up being some of the most memorable films released in years, and I’d prefer more original work to yet another retelling of a famed superhero saga. What? Clark Kent came from SPACE? Get out of here!

Do you think there’s a solution for superhero fatigue, or are you not suffering from it?


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