Superhero fatigue?

"The Avengers" is slated to hit theaters in summer 2012.

I’ll admit it—I’m a nerd—so of course I love superhero movies. Batman, Iron Man, Superman—I’ve seen ‘em all. This summer’s “X-Men: First Class” is my favorite movie so far this year, and I went to watch it in the theater multiple times (I won’t confess how many).

With “Thor,” “Captain America,” “X-Men: First Class” and “Green Lantern” hitting theaters this summer, and another slate of films scheduled to come out next year, including the superhero movie to end all superhero movies—“The Avengers”—there will be no shortage of superhero films anytime soon.

Yet even though I love superhero movies, my co-worker Wendy and I were discussing the other day that maybe, just maybe, Hollywood is pushing the trend a little bit too far.

Any superhero movie that’s a hit is bound to produce a sequel (“Iron Man 3” and “Thor 2” already are in the works), and film producers likely can expect to be bombarded by more and more ideas for superhero movies in the future.

If Hollywood overwhelms viewers with super-powered flicks, I’m afraid those viewers are going to start experiencing “superhero fatigue.” Hollywood needs to be reminded that in milking a trend for all it’s worth, sometimes you can end up killing that trend. Don’t just parade out sequel after sequel—put a fresh spin on a well-used genre and find a way to shake things up to keep people interested.

That’s why I’m excited for “The Avengers”—it takes a cast of superheroes we know as individuals and throws them together. It’ll be interesting to watch those superheroes interact (not to mention what will likely be an epic clash of egos).

Also, superhero movies aren’t guaranteed hits, even if they star big-name actors (see this summer’s “Green Lantern”). Don’t barrage viewers with big-budget special effects and expect that to be enough. At the heart of any good superhero film should be character development (see “X-Men: First Class”). Make people actually care about the characters and what they’re going through on screen. That’s the key to making a superhero movie truly “super.”


6 thoughts on “Superhero fatigue?

  1. You are absolutely right. X-Men: First Class was the best of the superhero movies this year. It was the origin story that the X-Men franchise hadn’t had. But in my opinion as long as they stay faithful to the source material, Keep the comic book movies coming. I’m especially appreciative of the way that Marvel has kept their tradition of crossing over titles. Growing up I was a Marvel comics fan because they took place in NYC and all of the heroes were in the same universe. DC created their own cities and rarely crossed titles until the late 70’s early 80’s. So hopefully The Avengers is the beginning of a trend and there are many more team-up movies in the future. Love your blog.

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