by Shelbie Condie
Is Hollywood obsessed with superhero movies? It’s no question the films are huge money makers. Two weeks ago, on Friday, March 25, Zack Synder’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice debuted to nearly 180 million dollars. The film is now racking up 684 million dollars nationally and nearly 700 million globally. Two months ago, in February, Tim Miller’s Deadpool became one of the highest-grossing films ever, resulting in a whopping 619.3 million dollars. Not to mention, in May 2015, Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron surmounted 1.405 billion dollars. Has Hollywood figured out the formula for blockbuster success?
And what about the small screen? CBS has shown an increase in ratings of their newer shows, Supergirl and Flash. There’s even rumors of a potential crossover between the two DC characters. It’s also rumored that another network, ABC, will give Marvel’s Agent Carter the green light for a season three. ABC also has Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D currently in it’s third season. Although cancelled after its first season, last year NBC attempted to add to the fanbase with a reboot of the popular show, Heroes, with a new title: Heroes Reborn. Is there such a thing as too much? NBC’s failure shouldn’t, and doesn’t, represent every network, but it’s possible L.A has become smitten with spandex and is not looking to call it quits just yet.
I would argue the idea of superheroes has been popular since the Greek days when citizens formed myths and beliefs around the figures of Zeus, etc. These gods were above and beyond the average human and, since then, we’ve been fascinated with individuals who are greater than we can ever imagine being. At the same time, the majority of them appear to be regular folks, such as Clark Kent or Peter Parker. Personally, I love the idea of superheroes and the exhilaration we get when we watch their showdowns against evil on screen. The films provide us with a sense of escape from reality and they’re made to entertain. Nonetheless, I think it’s time Hollywood deterred from playing it safe and created pieces of art that are more than attractive specimen duking it out against jealous, vengeful villains. That being said, Hollywood has already created a blueprint of features being released within the next four years, so feel free to check them out:
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