Am I Getting Tired Of Superhero Movies Yet?
It’s been a while since I’ve written one of these more free flowing blog posts and one that’s been rattling around in my mind for a while is the question if I’m getting tired of superhero movies yet. I’ve been doing this site for almost two years now and superhero and comic book movies make up around half of my overall movie watching nowadays more or less. There’s often the theory that they are all pretty much the same kind of movie, a sci-fi fantasy action movie with a hero in a costume and half the time it’s essentially the same origin story, especially when they keep rebooting the franchise every few years. So what is it that keeps me from getting bored with superhero movies, or am I actually getting bored with them, hence the frequent lack of actual movie reviews around here for stretches at a time. The short answer is no, I’m not tired of this blog, these movies, or anything else surrounding it.
When I started this site two years ago, I really just wanted to have a corner of the web to my own, I’ve had a few sites in the past based on my varying interest in video games, music, and even CCGs. I’ve always enjoyed movies, I still have a collection of well over 1,000 DVDs even though a large portion of that is TV series. I wanted to have a movie site, but I didn’t just want to be another generic movie site drowning in a sea of similar movie blogs – no offense to many of blogging friends I’ve made that description may apply to – I just wanted something to set my site apart from the rest. And I think I’ve succeeded for the most part, yes there are a few other sites out there that also focus on comic book movies, but I look at them as the big boys, they’ve had time to build up their audience, and have many different writers pulling news from all sorts of sources which is really what brings in the most viewers. But this is my site, it’s me and my love of movies. It’s my journey down the rabbit hole of comic book and superhero movies, and while many of the big tentpole superhero movies tend to feel the same from time to time, this site has really led me to many fascinating movies that I never would have found otherwise.
I think one of the biggest thing that helps me keep a fresh perspective on the superhero movie is the fact that it’s not just a narrow definition of “super hero”. I’ve looked at what makes other heroes different than superheroes in the past, but if I’m looking for a change of pace, then all I need to do is go out and take it. If I want a gritty and realistic action hero, there’s plenty of action hero comics like 2 Guns or Wanted. If I want something really crazy and off the wall, there’s the Mask or Hentai Kamen. If I want to go in a completely different direction altogether, there’s even movies based on more dramatic comic books like Ghost World or Persepolis that has nothing to do with superheroes at all, but still has a strong connection to comic books that no one can argue. And besides, I want to be doing this site for a long time into the future, and while the number of superhero movies and comic book movies seems to continue to grow year after year, there’s two dozen in 2013 by my count, and there’s a good chance that there’s a few out there that I’ve missed. But even so 24 movies only comes to 2 movies a month, not to mention that since many of these are tentpole movies they are heavily weighted into the summer months. So if I want to keep doing this site for years to come, which I do, that means I have to go out there and seek out all these different movies. There’s still plenty of under the radar movies I’ve completely missed, straight to DVD schlock that probably should remain buried, and all the big budget movies that people may complain are saturating the market. But I’m ready and I’ll say “bring them on!” Until next time, this has been Bubbawheat for Flights, Tights, and Movie Nights.