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How Risky Are Comics Film Flops?

Grant Billings Grant Billings
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September 22nd, 2015

How Risky Are Comics Film Flops?
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It’s no secret that superhero movies have taken over the movie theatres. With at least a couple coming out each year, they ante up millions of dollars bringing in major profit for their respective companies. But what does it mean when the movies are a flop?

Of course good movies are a dime a dozen these days. Movies not involved in the MCU or any kind of comic book adaptation, are different. They’re made, put into theatres and then they go on the shelves. Usually not going anywhere after that unless it was made for a sequel and still needs to tell more story. Even then it’s not as big, they don’t get Comic Con or any other conventions usually.

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For comic book movies on the other hand, a flop its bad news for fans and their companies. Way back in 2008 we were graced with Iron Man on the big screen. Remember how awesome it was to see RDJ put on that suit for the first time and revamp Tony Stark? Geeks everywhere rejoiced and soon the number of comic books fans exploded. Which was just what Marvel had wanted.

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Now Man of Steel, was DC’s Iron Man in a sense. It started their Justice League plan (like how Iron Man had started the Avengers) for the next few years. Now unlike Iron Man, it got okay reviews and was officially deemed ‘good enough’ so that DC and Warner Brothers could keep going with their plan. Something that I, as a geek myself have thought of is that Marvel creates great superhero movies, and DC creates great movies with superheroes in them.

It’s a pretty accurate statement I’d say.

To give you some perspective, Iron Man’s budget estimated is $140,000,000 and grossed a total of $318,298,180. So it grossed about $200,000,000 for Marvel Studios (IMDB). Man of Steel’s budget estimated is $225,000,000 and made about $291,021,565 (IMDB) so the amount of money Warner Brothers made off Man of Steel was extremely different than what Marvel made off of Iron Man. Though that doesn’t seem to slow down the hype for next year’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice which is one of the most anticipated movies of 2016.

How do I feel about that movie? Nervous.

I want the movie to be good, and I want Ben Affleck first stint as the new Batman to be a bright light not a dark mark. The future of the Justice League movies depends on it.

 

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Though few in number, there are comic book movies that were completely terrible. Remember Ryan Reynolds in 2011’s Green Lantern? Yeah well I’ve tried to forget about it too. It didn’t even make more than the budget that was given to make the movie. If you didn’t know this already, this was supposed to start the Justice League for DC, or at least give them a stepping stone to go off of. But now they are creating an entirely new Green Lantern movie coming out in 2020, and they might even use a different lantern of sector 2814 (Earth). Maybe John Stewart, or Kyle Rayner? Who knows but after their last attempt at the character we can all understand their hesitance towards another movie. Superman Returns also comes to mind when we think of DC flops.

Marvel has had a few flops as well, as it is hard not to have one in your record books. X-Men: Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine come to mind. Let’s just say that Last Stand was such a dark mark on Marvel’s glorious movie past that in Days of Future Past they completely got rid of that story line with the timeline change at the end of DOFP. They even brought some characters back from the dead. So yah know, I guess you can fix some things. X-Men Origins: Wolverine on the other hand is frustrating. I’ve heard many people say they actually enjoyed that movie. Wrong! Nothing more terrible. I mean adamantium bullet to Logan’s head to give him his memory loss?

Ha! And Deadpool? I’m glad Ryan Reynolds (though he botched Green Lantern) is getting another shot at the character next year, but in Origins it was one of the worse thing Marvel has done. I mean it wasn’t even Deadpool at all, maybe a tad in the beginning of the movie but after his surgery, it was an atrocity.

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Of course, there are other franchises out there. Star Wars for instance, which is now owned by Disney. Not every Star Wars movie is as praised as the others. The original three, A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of The Jedi are the most beloved of the movies. The prequels, movies I through III, aren’t generally seen as being in the same class as the original trilogy.

Why? CGI, and horrible acting choices.

Fans hated that most if not all the movie was CGI. In the original three, no CGI was used it was all miniaturized versions of it, but CGI wasn’t really used all the way back then either. Still fans wanted to see that old stuff again, which made star wars so cool to watch when it first came out.

And the actors? Mostly Hayden Christensen, and the character Jar Jar Binks are singled our for criticism. But its hard to know the full story. George Lucas apparently had an extremely different directing style than most directors while he was filming these movies. Read this article from CinemaBlend to get a better understanding on how Lucas directed his actors.  So try and love it no matter what because it’s still Star Wars.

With Episode VII coming out this christmas this movie will set the tone for the next trilogy. But with Episode VIII beginning shooting soon, you can bet that LucasFilm and Disney are banking on the movie making bank. Let’s be honest here though, it’s Star Wars. Everyone will want to see it for themselves.

With all these comic book movies hitting theaters in the next five years, keep an eye out for the next flop and see what happens after words.

More likely than not their will be one soon.

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Grant Billings is a Contributor for ComiConverse follow him on Twitter @FictionFeed_HQ

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