The Golden Age of Superhero Movies

As far as superhero movies goes, it could almost be considered a Golden Age.

And despite what some may say, so far ‘superhero fatigue’–if the millions being pulled in by Deadpool are any indication–is nothing more than something writers come up with because they don’t have anything else to say.

img_1841-2And speaking of superheroComing up later this month is Superman v Batman: Dawn Of Justice, and despite my feelings about Man Of Steel, advance ticket sales are looking pretty good.

Warner Bros. is, in hindsight, wise to have moved their movie from direct completion with Captain America: Civil War, because I not only expect that movie to be huge, but it gives Batman v Superman a bit more than a month alone at the box office.



Screenshot 2016-03-01 18.45.49.pngI’ve included Gods Of Egypt because, while at first glance it may have the trappings of a superhero movie, it’s based on characters from Egyptian myth, not comic books.

And it’s also not doing particularly well at the domestic box office, mainly due to the domination of Deadpool, which has been number for the past few months.

Sometimes it takes a superhero to take down a superhero.  Look for Batman V Superman to do with Set and Horus could not.


Screenshot 2016-01-07 19.25.43The next superhero opus isn’t a movie at all. but the second season of Marvel’s Daredevil on Netflix.  The first season was acclaimed among both fans and critics, and with the introduction of characters like the Punisher (Jon Bernthal) and Elektra (Elodie Yung) it’s sure to continue its popularity.





Screenshot 2016-03-01 18.56.01.pngX-Men: Apocalypse will be unleashed May 27th, and for fans  of Fox’s X-Men franchise they must be chomping at the bit for more adventures of Marvel’s Merry Mutants.

That being said, I have never been particularly fond of director Bryan Singer’s interpretation of the characters.  For his earlier films the characters were little more than metaphors for minorities, be they sexual or otherwise.

And that’s okay because that’s always been an element of the X-Men comics.  The problem is that only until recently, with X-Men: Days Of Future Past, that’s pretty much all they have been.

With the latter movie and Apocalypse Singer seems to be actually–especially in a visual sense–referencing the comics, which is a good thing.

And speaking of X-Men: Apocalypse, there are two problems that I can see.  The first is that the special effects are by John Dykstra (Battlestar GalacticaLifeforce) who’s work is normally topnotch.

Till you take in account X-Men: First Class, which had some pretty bad effects.  The trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse looks fine, visual effects-wise, though i am a bit concerned.

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And that problem is called Captain America: Civil War.  The latest X-Men adventure comes out later in May, though what I am wondering is if Fox actually thinks that that twenty-one days–three weeks–is enough time for audiences to move on from Captain America: Civil War.

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