EDITORIAL: Envisioning The Greater Known Future Of Comic Book Films

The future of comic book films is coming, but what could it be? How will we get there? Here in this editorial I explore the possibility of the greater known future, and more. Read on and be sure to leave your feedback in the usual place.

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By PsychoManiacJacky - 1/29/2014


In all aspects of life we have all dreamed a dream greater than we can ever imagine. Sometimes (just sometimes) we are taken back by a fantasy world full of ever growing possibilities. That is in general, the effect comic book films have. To watch these actors and these events play out in a real life scenario and what it would be like if you were in the middle of it. To see the actions unfold including those events are just a wonder. But would those wonders be over in the coming future? We ponder the question of the genre itself and how long it would sustain. Rival companies and the lesser known pit themselves in the Hollywood arena viciously fighting for control to make it to the top in order to succeed. The coming of the armageddon of comic book films may be upon us some say in scary thoughts, but to be precise it’s only the beginning. The beginning of a greater future for comic book films.



CGI technology, also known as computer generated imagery, has played a major part in making comic book films come to life. Whether it’s that spectacular action sequence or that incredible stunt that could not be done without computer technology, it’s everywhere now. But what if, just imagine for once, we don’t need actors anymore. We don’t need to project the actual film within real life. All we need is CGI effects to make that world seem real and all we need is CGI effects to make the actors appear on the screen. It would be the likeness of the background or actor but it wouldn't be real at all, but it would still seem real in a sense we feel like we are actually within the environment. CGI technology is every growing and every advancing further more. Soon in the future we would be able to physically walk into a house fully made of CGI technology with computer generated furniture which that is a possible type of advanced in general along those lines. Actors wouldn't need to put themselves in the middle of the action in comic book films anymore and no one would have to risk themselves hours and hours of endless labor, why would you need to do when CGI has advanced. Look at video game graphics today and how video game graphics are looking much closer to our world. Soon video game graphics would seem like a fresh photo or a picture of someone you know. It would be more polished and clean. That is a type of advanced to envision within the future of comic book films.



What about going further beyond CGI technology? Going further into the mystery of space and what could space hold in place for CGI technology? There are many comic book films now that take place in part in space such as the upcoming film Guardians of The Galaxy. To answer the question now is that what if you could physically shoot a comic book film in space. The simple answer would be robots. Weather and Gravity resistant droid film cameras would be shot into space. These cameras would scan the entire cosmos getting a real feel of the entire environment. Once having scanned the entire universe in a blink of an eye they would station themselves upon a planet such as the moon. That is where on Earth, the director of the film would take control of the droid it self and physical move it along lines. The director on Earth would see the actors and would see the physical environment of what may be projected in the film but it would not be present in Space as it is only projecting the environment of where these actors would walk or where the action itself would take place. That is a type of advanced to envision within the future of comic book films.



Envisioning the Future of Comic Book Films, what else is there to envision? Maybe, just maybe, comic book films would not need to be directed anymore. There doesn't need to be a production crew or anything else. There wouldn't need to be any actors as their full digital images and likeliness could be stored in a physical computer known as “The Hollywood Database” which any movie studio has access to. The different styles of directors would be emulated through a computer. A film itself would be made entirely by a series of computers in a blink of an eye without any human control whatsoever. All it needs is just a small program line and a few codes such as the actors, scenes, emotions, types of scenes, and other emotes towards the contributions.

Should we be scared this is what the future could come to and should we fear that these possible advancements may ruin the quality of films? What else is there to know. It wouldn't happen overnight and it wouldn't happen behind your back. It would be slow to advance, it would be a slow process. What do you think?

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Pasto - 1/29/2014, 1:21 PM
How the hell do YOU know what 'The Division' is Jacky?
efcamachopmp - 1/29/2014, 1:25 PM
There is a software originally designed for Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring that has been continued in its use since and now currently a complete software package and licensed by studios. This software is called Massive. It does some of what you described above. Basically with some simple commands and inputs it generates armies of characters to function on the screen for any number of purposes. These pixel armies don't just blob or run through each other, they individually have programmed AI to interact with each other and their immediate surroundings.

Look it up :) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MASSIVE_(software)
PsychoManiacJacky - 1/29/2014, 1:32 PM
Thank you for the kind information efcamachopmp :D
PsychoManiacJacky - 1/29/2014, 1:37 PM
I was thinking of something close to that technology but on a more mass Hollywood film production scale that would run far faster and would emulate scene after scene in lightning speed.
MrCameron - 1/29/2014, 1:56 PM
MrCBM56 - 1/29/2014, 2:05 PM
WOW. Thumbs up! Wait'a got Jacky!
GrandMaster - 1/29/2014, 2:08 PM
The future looks good!
GoldSlayer1 - 1/29/2014, 2:22 PM
if the future is going to be all CGI
wouldn't this eventually put lots of actors out of jobs?

@efcamacho
thats interesting, i think they used something like that for Game of Thrones.

[SPOILER]
they showed the behind the scenes of Daenerys when she gets her army and it was really only like 20-30 people who did the army thing, but in the show it has like hundreds and hundreds that are visible.
Pasto - 1/29/2014, 2:24 PM
GoldSlayer1

Who's going to voice the characters?
GoldSlayer1 - 1/29/2014, 2:27 PM
@Pasto
pretty sure theres voice changing software as well now (that will get better in the future). so anyone could really do voices.
BenjiWest - 1/29/2014, 2:43 PM
Flying to close to the sun...
cipher - 1/29/2014, 3:04 PM
Hahahahahaha, if this ever happens, then, ah.. well, there goes my acting aspirations.

Good thing I can mix drinks like a sonuvabitch.
MetahumanAbominationKlone - 1/29/2014, 3:10 PM
Jacky Is Our Leader Now
SuperGuy83 - 1/29/2014, 3:16 PM
Some People dont want to see The Future unless they have control of everything
Pasto - 1/29/2014, 3:22 PM
"Some men...just want to watch the world burn...
RedHood13 - 1/29/2014, 3:23 PM
That'd be pretty cool.
diagnostic - 1/29/2014, 3:28 PM
NapoleonDynamite's got it right.
GliderMan - 1/29/2014, 3:34 PM
"In all aspects of life we have all dreamed a dream greater than we can ever imagine."
InfiniteMonkey - 1/29/2014, 3:43 PM
Yo Jacky, how bout a pint mate.

It sounds like you need one or two.
Inhuman - 1/29/2014, 3:44 PM
MARVEL

Phase 3

(2015) Ant-Man
(2015) Agents of SHIELD show season 3
(2015) Agent Carter show season 2
(2015) Daredevil show
(2015) Jessica Jones show
(2016) Captain America 3
(2016) Iron Fist show
(2016) Luke Cage show
(2016) Agent Carter season 3
(2016) Black Panther
(2017) Doctor Strange
(2017) The Defenders show
(2017) Thor 3
(2018) Avengers 3

Phase 4

(2018) Ghost Rider show
(2018) Blade show
(2018) Guardians Of The Galaxy 2
(2019) Inhumans
(2019) Werewolf By Night show
(2019) Moon Knight show
(2019) Nova
(2020) Planet Hulk
(2020) Midnight Suns show
(2020) Ms. Marvel
(2021) Guardians Of The Galaxy 3
citizenofgotham - 1/29/2014, 3:56 PM
@Inhuman - you're diggin' on the Marvel Knights TV shows, huh?
Jollem - 1/29/2014, 4:01 PM
i agree. marvel studios should step their game up. less "call of duty", more "battlefield"
Jobin - 1/29/2014, 4:10 PM

See more on Know Your Meme

DAFAQ.........did..I..just read? Space camera robots....? Wtf?
DaVinci31 - 1/29/2014, 4:32 PM
jimdotbeep - 1/29/2014, 4:36 PM
I think a world without Hollywood actors in and of it self is a great thing. America is constantly distracted from real problem and important issues so they can constantly follow the "exploits" of conceited "A-Listers"

Just a few days ago important News coverage concerning NSA spying was prempted by a [frick]ing Justin Beiber story.

Entertainment new is an abomination and anything that can help us get rid of it is a good thing.

And if that doesn't appeal to you just think in a world without actors. We would NEVER AGIAN HAVE TO DEAL WITH SHITTY CASTING! Batfleck. Gal Gabbot, recastings, re nagotiating contracts, it would all be a thing of the past.
Inhuman - 1/29/2014, 4:39 PM
@citizenofgotham

Hell yeaz! I think the darker more mature properties should be on TV because Disney won't be too upset about it like they would be if it was a film. Once the first wave of Marvel shows are completed on Netflix they should make another 5 but this time they should explore the undead/supernatural side of Marvel set within the MCU. Marvel would be dominating on all levels building this HUGE cinematic universe
WYLEEJAY - 1/29/2014, 4:47 PM
Lol. Nice Jacky. Can you imagine the film budgets if they were sending robot cameras into space?
NovaCorpsFan - 1/29/2014, 5:08 PM
No, Jacky I disagree. Acting is an art form, and it's existed as an art form for centuries. If we ever reach a point when we can completely do away with actors, we've lost one of the greatest art forms this world has ever seen in its history.

Plus, I want to be an actor... and write comics... and screenplays... and yeah, I just wanna be famous in general.
Mastyrwerk - 1/29/2014, 5:15 PM
It probably won't happen in my lifetime. Even in today's heavy CGI films, actors are utilized for facial expressions and physicality, even if they characters they play are all CG.

I see it like silent actors moving into talkies. A different kind of actor will emerge with the evolution of the industry, but the human element will always exist within the work.

When computers are capable of simulating emotion without an actor's influence, I'm going to be more concerned with computers wiping out the human race.
SimpleeComplex - 1/29/2014, 5:26 PM
@ yoss Ssswwwhinngg!
Enphlieuwince - 1/29/2014, 6:09 PM
SimpleeComplex - 1/29/2014, 5:26 PM

"@ yoss Ssswwwhinngg!"

Yes lawd! I concur...
DrunkenPirateNukem - 1/29/2014, 6:13 PM
that´s good...i guess
GoldSlayer1 - 1/29/2014, 6:39 PM
@Jimbotdeep

Thats more of an issue with the ignorance of the general population rather than "hollywood".

New stations are only going to report on news that people give a crap about, because thats how they'll pay their bills.
and today it seems that gossip and drama regarding popular people seems to be the only thing people are interested in.

I get what you're saying, its sort of the same way for the music industry.
"Real artists get shelved and wack one's get famous"
its because of the listeners, not the artists.
GoldSlayer1 - 1/29/2014, 6:47 PM
@Jimbotdeep
Also, i think that you have an issue with castings because you dont see a certain actor portraying a character that way you think they should.

in some ways, I'd agree. for example i didn't think christian bale looked (or sound) like batman, let alone Bruce Wayne. (There aren't many actors IMO that could look the right part to play Bruce Wayne)

and the voice, that takes this issue even further.
if you're like me, then THE only voice of batman is Kevin Conroy.

However we have a problem with castings because we already have a predetermined image of what the character should look, and sound like due to comic books and animation.

but what about stories that dont have books or animation (Basically just random 1 and done movies without any prier story) to predetermine what characters should look like? should we scrap actors for those movies as well?
GoldSlayer1 - 1/29/2014, 6:54 PM
Also, as much as i like live action movies, I'd like to see more theater worthy Animated CBMs.

If animation was more popular where we could see it in theaters, it would allow writers to do a whole lot more with the characters.

Imagine for example Wonder Woman's fighting Scenes in JL: War (the part where they first invade and she uses the rope and sword at the same time and just slices through the parademons)
I can bet you that they wont have anywhere near as close action scenes in a live action movie.
Jobin - 1/29/2014, 6:57 PM
I honestly feel we are overdoing the Superhero Movie genre. It will die off, but still hold on to hardcore fans. I actually am starting to lose interest. With Characters that never die, whats the risk? They need to pace themselves, Marvel is overdoing it. Slow down. Westerns is a good example, they made so many for so long, that now, no one is really interested.
Pheezmatic - 1/29/2014, 6:58 PM
OOOOooook, ok....no more weed for this guy.
Jobin - 1/29/2014, 7:13 PM
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dethpillow - 1/29/2014, 9:49 PM
such a great article Jacky, i think this might truly be the beginning of the future that we are finally seeing unfold before us.

and especially i applaud your last idea, and i say... take it once step forward. push the future into it's own future, call it the future squared and take it by the neck and drink it's pitiful blood. because look.

why can't we do what you're saying plus we take a character like Batman and also program in what Batman is like. all these parameters that would work to define his drives, needs, perceptions, preferences, and push a button and the Batman character would do what Batman would do in response to any enviroment it was put in. Do this with all his prominent allies and villains and plus maybe do it to 1000 citizens of Gotham,

and it would be amazing, it would be like playing the role of god himself. we could program loose scenarios, like Black Mask comes to town has a score to settle with Penguin. Also Bane escapes from jail. just so it wouldn't be entirely random, but then push the button to launch it all into action, and sit back and watch the events unfold.

and then the cool thing is that your Batman 1 would probably be very different from mine. and in fact each time we watched it, it would be different from the last one we saw.

people could have contests and post up the best Batman 1's that they had managed to see happen...it would be crazy, it would make you watch a movie a million times, just to see what different chain of events would play out.

of course it would never take the place of an actual story being told, and in a lot of ways, it would play out too slowly and in real time by necessity, but it would be a different type of Batman movie, more like a passive video game AI sim.

dethpillow - 1/29/2014, 9:56 PM
i've thought sometimes too that maybe what will happen is something like this or what you're saying with virtual AI actors, but what the studios would do...
is actors would be like people sitting in little rooms all day that would link up to different people's viewings of movies and take over for the AI sometimes.

the person watching wouldn't know when this was happening. So 'actors' would be people basically employed to add an element of undependability to things. If you were an 'actor' acting out the part of the Riddler, you would still follow what the Riddler would really do but you would just provide that human spark of inspiration sometimes to do something weird.

but the AI would be so good by this point that it'd be hard to tell, so someone watching would always think maybe the AI was really a person this time and it would in turn add depth to even the AI that was not being controlled by an 'actor'.

i could imagine this happening too.

once i got obsessed with talking to those AI bots that have conversations with you. and i thought the best business would be to make one of those but have it actually be a person about 10% of the time. it would really bug people, cuz if i was pretending to be an AI, i would say the most infuriating stuff I could get away with while still passing for maybe an AI. I think you would quickly find the line you had to walk to most baffle and infuriate people and it would be really a great experience for everyone.
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