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Comics Eye: The Problem With Comic Movie Reboots

Updated on July 7, 2012

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.

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      animekid 5 years ago from Upstate NY

      Wow is all I can say about this comment! JC the Nomad you certainly point out a couple of things that I have noticed over the past few years, especially the trend with different versions of heroes in comics. I am very aware of the new Spiderman (funny how this comic hero seems to be referred to a lot) and I agree with all that you've said here, but I think that DC Comics did a disservice to many of the long time fanboys like myself (hey, I'm only 55) especially with a character such as Superman, who finally got to marry Lois Lane.

      My feeling is that they could have continued the same DC Universe continuity and just wrote better tales that would have been able to attract new readers.

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      JC the Nomad 5 years ago from Right now, Missouri.

      You definitely make some good points. Studios are taking advantage of popular characters and making big bucks by essentially telling the same story multiple times, but there are two arguments I'd like to make. First, the new Batman is amazing. It's not only a great comic book based movie, but a great movie period, and I consider The Dark Knight the gold standard for superhero movies. Second, rebooting comic books isn't a trend started by the movie industry, but by the comic book industry itself. If you walk into a comic shop, you'll find the same character in different versions of the comic. And some have moved on to recreate the hero completely. There's a mulit-racial Spider-Man, a gay Green Lantern, and a Captain America that carries a gun. I think the ability for superheroes to and their stories to evolve with time and appeal to new generations is a strength and not a weakness. As far as having multiple actors play the same character, two words: James Bond.

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      animekid 5 years ago from Upstate NY

      Thanks so much for your comment Dolphan5. Yeah, I'll be waiting until both movies come out on dvd so that I can rent them. Personally, I think that DC needs to step things up and get their super hero team together. I'd love to see a Justice League movie, but the problem there is can they actually get the actors that play the characters to get on board for that movie?

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      animekid 5 years ago from Upstate NY

      The whole idea of going to a movie is to see a storyline about a character that's interesting and not something we've either seen before or in the case of the hero reboot, flies in the face of what we already know.

      And no, more villains does not a good movie make, I never put together the escalating villain count in the Spidey films until you mentioned them.

      As for Stan the Man, I actually got to shake his hand once, an experience that I'll never forget.

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      Dolphan5 5 years ago from Warwick R.I

      Home run! I agree with all your points,and with the points made by commenters. Hollywood = $$$$$. Sometimes the desire for it is so intense the story suffers.

      Your right most of us put up with it! Me too!

      I went to see The Avengers in the theater.

      I was blown away!!!! This is the first time I've gone to see a movie in years. I usually wait for the dvd/blueray and watch it at home.

      It's cheaper and I can have a Jack&Coke or 2 or 3.

      I'm going to wait and rent Spidey and Bat's this time around.

      If I like it I will buy a copy for my collection.

      Well written and Informative! Thumbs up etc etc.

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      Shido 5 years ago from Richmond, BC

      I agree with the disappointment in having to face reinvented origins as a movie-goer. Given the choice, I'd rather see my characters of choice in new situations. But, I must confess, worse than this is when the producers tire of the character's or story's perspective and jazz things up, like in Batman Forever and Batman And Robin.

      As for Stan The Man.. never forget, it's his job to promote. The only thing that counts is that he's on board.

      I am actually more hopeful with the new version of Spider-Man because Andrew seems to be getting the smart-ass quality of Spider-Man that Tobey never seemed able to pull off. Plus, I have waited forever to finally see the Lizard -- he should have been the sole story-line of Spidey 3.

      From what I've seen the biggest mistake producers can make is adding villains to a story-line. Nolan's Batman series would have been so much better if he'd focused on Scarecrow and then Joker. In Raimi's case, he seemed to be focusing the number of villains with the number in the series: Spidey 1 = 1 villain, Spidey 2 = 2 villains, Spidey 3 = 3 villains. Didn't make it better though.

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      animekid 5 years ago from Upstate NY

      Unfortunately, I will have to wait until they arrive on video I'm afraid. I find it interesting that 89 year old Stan Lee was quoted in the week's "Magazine" section of the local newspaper stating that Spiderman was his favorite comic book charecter, and that just like the actor before him, Andrew Garfield will make a great Spiderman.

      I guess it's really true, you can stick anyone in one of those suits and we, the fanboy public will just plop down our cash and support the cause.

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      Steve Orion 5 years ago from Tampa, Florida

      I agree with the disappointment that this series was rebooted, how unnecessary! But I will say that I will watch both the new Spider-Man and Batman films, for the hell of it.