Comics Eye: The Problem With Comic Movie Reboots
By now you've probably seen the Avengers movie that debuted this May in threaters across the United States, and I'm willing to bet that you enjoyed it. What I'm willing to bet is that like me youi're wondering why we ar seeing a new Spiderman film, simply titled "The Amazing Spiderman" and what happened to the original actors and actresses from the original films that originally debuted back in 2002.
There seems to be this trend in Hollywood, where the superhero film needs to be rebooted, and we as fans of these heroes are just supposed to go along for the ride and just hope fo the best, and I as a fan of comics and thuis a fan of the comic to movie trend have a problem with this.
This trend of just revamping our heroes and retelling their origins began with the Batman films, after the horrible Batman & Robin starring George Clooney, Chris O'Donnell and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
After that tragedy, there wasn't another Bat film until the new Batman movie called Batman Begins, which essentially was a reboot of the Batman franchise and was a retelling of the origins of the Batman.
The film starred Christian Bale as Batman/Bruce Wayne, and Michael Caine as Wayne's ever vigilant butler Alfred. I'm not going to say that I didn't enjoy this first reboot, but honestly I'm still waiting for someone to step up and be the Batman from the original 1989 film staring Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson.
The Amazing Spiderman is another reboot that just debuted a few days ago. The film again is just a retelling of the charecter's origin, featuring an all new Peter Parker aka Spiderman in one Andrew Garfield, and Emma Stone in the role of Gwen Stacy a love interest that was omitted in they first three Spidey films that featured Toby McGuire and Kirsten Dunst as Mary Jane Watson.
And again I have to ask ...WHY?
What is the reason behind the retelling of these characters and their origins? Is it that the original actors and actresses that were originally casts in the roles in these films just got tired of playing the characters and decided that it was time to move on?
That's the case with Christian Bale, even as we await the final film in the Dark Knight Trilogy, Bale has already said that he's retiring the cape and cowl after this last film, so where does that leave the fans?
As a sometime movie goer (hey, look $10 per ticket, Popcorn and a drink and you're talking almost $40 dollars for two people to go to a movie) I'm already tired of these reboots. They not only rip off the fans, they diminish the characters that are rebooted.
In the case of Batman, there is only one origin story, and that's the original one from the comics. There was no Ras-Al-Ghul involved in the original origin story, and honestly there are many stories that can be told from this point forward.
Let's cut the crap Hollywood and just followup with new story lines and cut out the total reboots of these characters, it's getting on my nerves and it just makes me not want to see more of these heroes.
They deserve better than this, and so do the fans.