Op Ed: Are Superhero Movies Getting to be too Much?

Timothy Page

This weekend we are seeing the release of ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” A movie that, as of the time I am writing this, has a 30% on Rotten Tomatoes. It’s not going well critically for this film and even some fans are upset. Calling it a loud, long mess of a film.

All this got me wondering. When will we get tired of superhero films? Will there come a time when not even a well made Marvel film will snap us out of our slump?

My personal belief is that as long as they continue to do fresh things with the genre I don’t think we’ll get tired.

Take for example ‘Captain America: The First Avenger.’ Not the greatest of the Marvel films, but still a good 40s throwback period piece. The style of that movie was old fashioned as opposed to the other superhero films set in modern time. ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ was a space opera that was hilarious and like nothing we had seen before, and ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ was a spy/espionage thriller.

All these movies have managed to live within the same universe, but still feel like their own thing. This is why the Marvel films manage to be a hit.

It still can start to feel like over saturation. We’ve already had two superhero films released this year and at least four more are expected. Not all of them can be hits, but it’s not showing any signs of stopping.

We are living in a golden age of sorts. The bad Superhero films seem get forgotten and never spoken of again. Remember ‘Fantastic Four’ last year? Exactly. 15 years ago superhero films were odd, gothic, dark, and trying to be taken seriously (‘Blade,’ ‘Daredevil,’ and ‘Hellboy’) They were trying to hard and that was evident. Now the superhero genre seems to have an idea of what they want, and because of that we’re in a time when most superhero films are good.

‘Batman V Superman’ was a messy film and probably the worst superhero film that will be out this year, but It still isn’t as bad as some movies that have tried too hard to build a bigger world (I’m looking at you ‘Amazing Spiderman 2’).  Its a movie that might make some doubt the superhero genre, but with the sheer amount of superhero films releasing means this one will be written off by most people by years end. Don’t let it tire you out though, we are living in a time where Iron Man, Captain America, and even Ant-Man are on screen and it’s something not many people thought would come.

So sit back and enjoy the spectacle. The golden age of superhero films is in full swing, and it had yet to strike out.