Why Do So Many Comic Book Movies Fail Their Readers?
I don't really need to explain what's going on with Superhero movies these days, mostly because I can't. One comes out every couple of months after mounting anticipation from "fans" (I'll get to that point later), it generates close to a billion dollars at the box office and critics and "fans" alike soil their pants in joy. Right?
I can't be the ONLY one that is irritated about this whole ordeal. Especially as a comic book fan, I was particularly bothered when I realized what these studios were up to, and I think there should be more of an outcry from those of us that don't enjoy the overrated-as-hell Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the hastily assembled, copycat DC Cinematic Universe. Here are my main grievances with Comic Book Movies:
1. They Dilute the Fanbases
Ok so winding up in a theater that happens to be playing a comic book movie every once in a while DOES not make you a comic book fan at all. This should be pretty common sense, but for some reason it's not. This creates a bastardized mass of fans consisting of the comic book fans and the consumers of these movies.
And while there are positives that have come with the new "mainstream" appeal such as the virtual end to marginalizing comic book fans (or people claiming to be one of them) as being "nerds", it is just not worth it.
2. They Alter Perceptions about Characters
There are far too many good characters that have been affected negatively solely because they've had movies that sucked or they don't have a movie yet. Green Lantern immediately jumps to mind. His 2011 movie was so bad that he's been removed from the Justice League in the upcoming Justice League films ( one source claims he will have a brief cameo but this is still a substantial downgrade from being a founding member).
Ridiculous to me. Jonah Hex, Ghost Rider, and The Punisher (to a lesser extent) also have suffered. Now why should this bother me if only the "movie fans" would notice this happening? Well, these fans will have kids eventually, and then... (see where I'm going here?).
3. They are Generally Unfaithful to the Source Material
This point isn't as bad in theory as it is in practice. Multiple interpretations of the same character do come out eventually as more stories and movies are made about him/her. Even diehards that I know don't fully grasp this. However, there are certain attributes about characters that should never be touched. If they are touched, there better be a damn good reason behind it.
Automatically, I think of the Batman played by Ben Affleck (best one to date in my opinion) in Batman V. Superman and in several other upcoming movies. Batman doesn't kill. It is a core value of his to never resort to ending someone else's life after someone decided to murder his parents in front of him when he was an 8 year old boy. This Batman kills. Many. Ok, so I was praying that this wasn't just an excuse to allow Batman to look badass while he unloads a gun on bad guys. It was.
Batman in this world is driven nearly mad when the Joker murders Robin. So shaken is the Bat that he turns his back on one of his key principles and now kills. Only issue is, why then didn't he kill the Joker? After Robin's murder he beats him to a pulp and throws him into Arkham (according to the director of Suicide Squad). Unless this is cleared up in the future, this is a gaping hole that is unacceptable.
4. They are totally engrossed with generating revenue
This is a given. Just note that anything commercially driven is missing the point of why people tell stories.
5. They are Generally Not Good
With a few exceptions, the MCU films are extremely formulaic and campy, features previously criticized by "fans" and critics are now being outright ignored. Their success truly shows that the population of people who know what the hell they're talking about is tiny at best and that the value of introspection is practically dead.