With the entire Comic Con buzz surrounding “Batman v Superman” and Suicide Squad the world is surrounded by superheroes. When will it stop? Superheroes have dominated the box office and the summer season for the last decade or so, and it shows no sign of slowing down. I for one just don’t get it. I’m sick of superhero movies and want something more original. Superhero movies used to be something special. They used to mean something and exciting when they came out. Now it is just part of the norm, meaning that superhero movies are losing their superiority to them.
Let’s break down the story of superhero movies. The original Batman movie came out in 1989. Before that they were shorts and other forms of media in the 1960s. After the success of 1989’s Batman three more movies followed in the 1990s. After those movies the caped crusader took a break until Christopher Nolan brought his masterpiece to the big screen in 2005, 2008, and 2012, respectfully. After The Dark Knight Rises was released it would make sense for Batman movies to take a break, right? Well Hollywood liked to drill their ideas into the ground and squeeze every cent out of audiences. Now with the Batman vs Superman idea and Ben Affleck set to direct his own stand-alone film, Batman will not be going away any time soon.
Batman will be appearing in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad in 2016, Justice League in 2017, and Ben Affleck’s film in 2018 or 2019. That if four movies with Batman in it in less than three years. Leaving me to ask, what is so special about him? Christopher Nolan released three movies in seven years. Batman became something to look forward to and was special. Now Batman is going to be oversaturated and something audiences are used to seeing once or even twice a year. Not only does this hurt the character but it could potentially hurt the movies overall.
Look at Heath Ledger as The Joker. He portrayed, arguably, the greatest Joker we have ever seen. He had the tough job of following up Jack Nicholson’s joker from 1989. That’s the thing though, the original Joker was from 1989 and Heath Ledger played him in 2008. That is a nineteen year gap for people to accept that there is somebody else to play the Joker. Enough time had passed and people were ready to see another Joker on screen.
Now Jared Leto has the hardest job in the world in following up Heath Ledger. This is just eight years after The Dark Knight. Heath Ledger is still fresh in everyone’s mind and no matter what Leto does, people will say, “Well he didn’t beat Ledger.” If more time had passed then maybe he could have. However, since Hollywood doesn’t think like that the Joker will go from one of the greatest superhero villains of all time to just another villain we see in a Batman film year after year.
Superheroes and super villains are supposed to be “super.” Not only does this mean they have super powers, but their appearance on the big screen is supposed to be a big deal. Look at the time gaps from all of the previous movies. That gap is shrinking and shrinking and it is not just in Batman movies. Superman is suffering from the same fate. Spiderman is being rebooted for the second time, and I don’t even want to mention the disaster the Fantastic Four has brought.
My final thoughts are that hopefully after The Avengers phase three is done and DC realizes they cannot beat Marvel than superhero movies will go away for a while. I don’t need a Batman movie ever year. I don’t want to see Spiderman or Superman on the big screen every single summer. With too many superhero movies not only will the public eventually get sick of it like I am, but with too many superhero movies we may never see any of our favorite characters on screen again for a very long time.