The Superhero Craze

By Randall Rydell Russell

This weekend, yet another comic book movie has surfaced our cinemas. ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’, the seventh film in the franchise hit theatres this past Friday and it is receiving critical acclaim, resetting the series to continue on a little bit longer.

Some of us are quite tired of the film genre, some of us love them. Critics like the rip the films apart, searching for a bit of humanity, when in reality, it’s the audience that has the final say when it comes to box office results. Marvel by far is dominating in the industry of projects which includes the X-Men films, Spider-Man, Iron Man, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Captain America, The Avengers, Fantastic Four, Blade, Daredevil, and the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy are going to continue delivering crowd pleasing scenes of epic heroics on the grandest scales. Not to mention Marvel also has tons of properties in cartoon form on television and the hit ABC show Marvel’s Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D.

The DC marketplace is also a hot commodity. Yes they haven’t had quite the huge success that Marvel is on the big screen (their TV credits which include the popular Smallville and the new hit Arrow are more popular than most Marvel properties), unless you count Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy which includes Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises. The latter two passion the billion dollar mark, joining the ranks of The Avengers which has also surpassed the million dollar mark. DC plans to have their own super hero team up movie in a few years called Justice League. The newly rebooted Superman film Man of Steel reinvented the popular hero and rebooted the series for a new generation. Next we will see Dawn of Justice, a Batman versus Superman film where Ben Affleck will be replacing Christian Bale who played Batman in Christopher Nolan’s trilogy. This will set off more movies including Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Aquaman, Cyborg and Doctor Strange.

The battle for superhero supremacy will rage on, and moviegoers will continue flocking to theatres, some die hard comic fans, some just movie fans. Either way, comic book films about superheroes aren’t going anywhere soon.

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