11 January 2014

Nerd Rant: Recent Comic Book Movies

Oh man, there are a lot of comic book and superhero movies coming out! But is that always so great? Are we about to see a decline in comic book movies?

 (This Nerd Rant is a little late, oops!)

For a comic book nerd, there's a lot to look forward to in the near future: Guardians of the Galaxy, Superman and Batman, Ant-Man, Netflix's exclusive Marvel deal, and of course many other superhero flicks. But with this huge influx of superheroes invading the big screen, does this mark the beginning of the end for the comic book movie genre?


Sure, There are the mainstream heroes like Batman and Spider-Man that will continue to be hits, but Marvel and DC are set to introduce lesser known characters to the big screen. It seems they both want to have back-to-back movies, sequels, and more superheroes being introduced each year. While that can make a comic book reader excited because they'll be able to finally see different characters be brought to life, what about the rest of the general public? Will they be able to handle some of the chaos, craziness, or confusing plotlines of multiple universes?

I fear this crunch of comic book movies is going to be its own decline in quality and popularity. Yes, the mainstream audience will go and see a Batman or Superman flick, but will they be convinced on Rocket Raccoon or, heck, even Aqua-Man? I suppose the best litmus tests will be incoming movies that will feature less popular characters or even ones who will have their first film introduction ever. And how they are portrayed as well as the quality of the movie itself.

I also fear with this huge influx of comic book movies that most people will start to grow tired with it. While it's a fun hobby for people like you and me, for some it's just a "fad." A trend, like twerkin' Miley Cyrus, that will eventually fade away and be replaced by something else. It might seem like comic book films are here to stay, but we only have the present to base our opinions on.

If anything, I think the future is in television shows. Even after a shaky first season, I became addicted to Arrow, which features all sorts of "new" characters to a wide audience. DC is also considering other live action shows. Marvel said there is going to be a bunch of original series coming to Netflix and they have Agents of SHIELD. I think this is much better because people who may not like reading comic books can still really get to know characters they have grown to love because of mainstream media. More so than a two hour movie, at least.

Of course, I still love seeing superhero movies in the theatre, but, are we seeing a Golden Age that will soon wind down? What do you guys think?


  1. I'm enjoying the Avengers storyline, not so keen on the weaker DC stuff. I'm willing to bet cold, hard, cash there are no superhero movies released in 2018 or for a while afterwards. Hollywood will always milk it's cows to death before starting over with the next big thing. I've enjoyed Arrow and MAoS though, maybe TV holds the best hope for this cynic!

    1. Yeah, I have a feeling that Hollywood will want to change gears in a couple years (it seems to be already happening with all of the young adult book series like Divergent, Hunger Games, etc.). I also think once the new Star Wars comes out that might also bring in a new "trend." We shall see!

  2. Unfortunately they are only mainly making main stream comics into film. I feel they need to broaden their range a bit. Books of all genres are constantly made into film, so why to try something other than superheros. :)

    1. This is true! I'm still holding out for a new Dune movie, haha.

  3. I think TV holds the key to storytelling in superhero entertainment, but movies will still be made for the most obscure superheros. I mean, Iron Man wasn't exactly a household name when his movie came out. And yeah, Hollywood will get bored eventually, but only after they stop making financial sense and I don't see that happening any time soon.

  4. Not having a large knowledge base of comic books but loving sci fi fantasy, I have to say that I enjoy the longevity of t.v. shows and the building of characters and plot lines over the years rather than trying to condense everything into 2 hours of film.


  5. I think as long as the product that's put out is good, there won't be an issue. If the quality starts going, that's when we'll have an issue. Personally, I love the idea of lesser known heroes coming to the screens. I mean, just a few years ago Iron Man wasn't a house hold name to "regular" folks. Now everyone knows who is he!


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