|Iron Man vs. Thor from 2012's Avengers Assemble|
As cinema goers are being introduced to new characters old classics that they know and love are being rebooted and re-imagined with 2012's 'The Amazing Spider-Man' relaunching the beloved web swingers story with a second installment set for release later this year, Man of Steel giving a new lease of life to Superman with its sequel set to reveal a new adaption of Batman after the completion of Christopher Nolan's ground breaking Dark Knight Trilogy which it's self rebooted Burton's and Schumacher's movies,
As I previously mentioned in my Iron Man 3 Review the two major forces responsible for the revitalization and current sate of the superhero genre can be attributed to the Iron Man movies and The Dark Knight Trilogy for where The Dark Knight Trilogy showed that Super Hero movies could be tackled with the same drama and emotion as any other genre, Iron Man taught us that Super Hero films could be fun, light hearted movies again.
|The Amazing Spiderman|
While both The Amazing Spiderman and the X-Men expand their own borders with Spiderman having multiple sequels planned as well as two spin-offs revolving around the characters of Venom and The Sinister Six panned and X-Men set to unite both current and prequel movie streams with Days of Future Past released later this year and another movie X-Men Apocalypse set to follow it.
|Iron Man 3|
There is still one area of the Superhero Market that remains completely untapped and that is a standalone film starring a female superhero, it seems strange that this has only really been attempted once in recent years with 2005's Daredevil spin off Electra but unfortunately Electra's first and only solo outing met with a largely negative reception (also Catwoman: But the less said about that disaster the better), even so as Marvel's Phase 2 blazes forward they still haven't managed to launch their own Avengers branching female lead (with Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow providing the female presence for most of Phase 1 & 2 in a supporting role) and so this is one area at least where DC can really begin to regain ground from Marvel as DC showcases arguably the most iconic female hero of them all Wonder Woman.
|Man of Steel.|
Being completely honest I have never found Superman to be a compelling character, I have always found him to be bland overpowered and most of all boring which may go to explain why i was so dubious about going to see the newest Superman adaptation Man of Steel but after much persuasion I relented, took to the cinema to watch it and to my own surprise thoroughly enjoyed it. Not that it didn't have its flaws (The narrative style was to close that of Batman Begins and the level of destruction during the final showdown between Superman and Zod is beyond ridiculous) but the film succeeded in making Superman interesting which in itself no easy feat.
As Man of Steel serves as DC's first step towards an eventual Justice League crossover movie but rather than follow Marvel's approach of using standalone installments to establish each and every character individually before throwing them together DC is taking a much more immediate approach with the sequel to Man of Steel seemingly being a Batman vs. Superman film that will also feature The Green Lantern John Stewart and Wonder Woman.
Warner Brothers want Avengers level cross marketing and the want it now. But at what cost?
One of the major contributors towards The Avengers success is that the film required little to no actual set up as audiences will already be familiar with the movies heroes, their individual worlds, their strengths and weakness, the villain having been introduced previously means that the audience is already aware of his power, motives and goals and the means through which he aims to achieve them (the Tesseract) already having had its origin and power explored previously,
It's not that i don't believe that a Justice League movie could succeed, the film easily has the same potential that the Avengers held but DC needs to get its house in order first: Superman may be rebooted and ready to roll but movie goers only just saw the conclusion of the best Batman trilogy to grace the big screen and even though these films may have been one of the largest contributing factors to the aforementioned renaissance it's conclusion and overall tone of the trilogy in general (Which adopted a realistic stance on the caped crusader) has required the character to once again be rebooted to bring the version of the character back in line with the more fantastical elements that other heroes bring to the screen meaning that audience will once again have to familiarize themselves with a new version of the character and what makes him unique compared to previous versions.
|The Dark Knight|
who have never been featured in a live-action film before and Wonder Woman will also require re-introducing due to her long absence from the screen.
The characters need and deserve to have the proper time focused on allowing them to be developed into actual characters before a Justice League movie can even be considered as this will be the difference between the film featuring a roomful of DC most iconic character and a roomful of actors in costume.
Needless to say some assembly is required.
Who Guards The Guardians? (Marvel's Phase 2's most dangerous Project)
|Guardians of the Galaxy|
What's one more body amongst the foundations? (Conclusions)
So it seems we truly are living in the golden-age of comic book adaptions with more heroes and story-lines being adapted to fill the film going audiences appetites than ever before and as DC prepares to unite its heroes under one roof and Marvel's Avengers, Guardians, X-Men and Web Swinger's worlds continue develop and grow and more and more standalone universes like Kick Ass and Watchmen spring up to help improve the quality of the Superhero genre with each new release The future looks bright indeed.