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Have Comic-Based Movies Peaked?

And there we have it. Because CRIME IS EVIL would've been just too much.

For those of who you don't know, the logo and subtitle for Zack Snyder's upcoming sequel to the Man of Steel "Batman Vs. Superman" was released. The subtitle? "Dawn of Justice".

Yes. This is the title that was approved. This really makes me wonder what was wiped off the board. This subtitle sounds more like an episode of Spongebob Squarepants than a film in which two of Dr's most iconic heroes go head-to-head.

Combine this with the lukewarm response Ben Affleck's batsuit has gotten and the odd choice of attire for Hawkeye in Age of Ultron, and I'm beginning to wonder if comic-based films have plateaued.

Ben Affleck's Batsuit appears to pay homage to Frank Miller's "The Dark Knight Returns".

"Sam Jackson got a long coat. I want a long coat."

To this point, they've had a fairly good run. From the first two Spider-Man films to Marvel's shared universe to the successful albeit controversial Man of Steel, Hollywood appears to have clued into the fact that these movies are a billion dollar industry. But after so many successes and building up such a loyal fan base, I look at some recent missteps (Superman Returns) and wonder if the powers that be feel they can do no wrong.

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy is not being greeted with nearly the same amount of fanfare as its other projects (possibly because it's a lesser known property. I hadn't heard of it until the film). X-Men: Days of Future's past is being hailed as chaotic but fun, while others see it as a hugely expensive remake of It's A Wonderful Life. While most reviews of the film are generally positive, we are no longer being actively encouraged to work these films into our schedule.

Some of the excitement is gone.

I wonder; have we just gotten used to nerd validation? Have we arrived at a point where we expect our favorite franchises to be treated well on the big screen, instead of obvious and hurried attempts to cash in?

Or are we simply burned out?

As we move into Marvel's Phase Two and DC's (fractured and drearily-paced) unification of the Justice League, I pray the powers that be recapture the intangible magic that made their early goings such successes.  
In the meantime, I am planning to see X-Men Days of Future's Past tomorrow night. I hope to walk away enthralled.

Thanks for reading.


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