As you have probably noticed, making movies of superheroes has been a huge trend in the past couple of years. These movies, some with sequels and trilogies, some without, have generally been successful, but some have not.
The first major one was X-Men in 2000, then X2, and finally X-Men: The Last Stand. I have seen all of these accidentally on TV multiple times, and overall, I would say they’re okay. Next came the Spider-Man trilogy, starting in 2002, then going onto Spider-Man 2, and Spider-Man 3. And we should soon be expecting Spider-Man 4 in 2012, with an all-new cast. These films were much of the same–predictable plot lines with cool effects. But both of these trilogies were highly successful, which shows the comic-book heroes were being shown truthfully and well, which is maybe the most important part.
Next came Hulk, a sad failure that was strongly outshone by its successor, The Incredible Hulk in 2008. Starring the incredible and very talented Edward Norton (see 1999’s Fight Club), this film was pretty successful, as much as the Hulk can be. Then comes Batman Begins in 2005, another highly successful film followed by an even better The Dark Knight in 2008, both starring Christian Bale, and the latter with the late Heath Ledger. Though these weren’t exactly classic narrations of Batman, both films were hugely liked by the populace, myself included (Batman shirt, Batman bag, Batman poster, Batman movie, you get the picture).
And then comes Superman Returns in 2006, which was successful, but not very. Iron Man in 2008, starring Robert Downey Jr., was very successful, or at least, enough to have them make Iron Man 2, coming out this year. And finally, Watchmen in 2009. A sad tribute to the comic, Watchmen was not very popular, and having recently watched it myself, I understand why and agree wholeheartedly. Coming soon in 2011, we can expect Green Lantern, starring Ryan Reynolds as the hero. Overall, comic-book superhero films have been one of highest-grossing blockbusters of the decade, and it’s usually because they stay true to the original and please the fans.
And if you like comic-book superheroes and are looking for something interesting to read, I suggest Hero by Perry Moore, who also happens to be a producer and director. Also, don’t forget the popular TV show Heroes, which follows ordinary people with extraordinary powers. Just like true superheroes.
-Emma, 15, Teen Center Advisor