EDITORIAL: The Lost Art Of The Opening Credits

EDITORIAL: The Lost Art Of The Opening Credits

They have all but been abandoned these days in favor of several logos and MAYBE the movie's title, before we're straight into the action. Some see this as a good thing, but I most certainly do not. Click on to find out why..

Man Of Steel was probably the biggest let down so far..not the movie, the fact that I sat there waiting for a mind blowing title sequence and instead got the usual 25 minutes of studio logos leading right into the action. I mean this was Zack Snyder! The man responsible for that incredible Watchmen opening -- if anyone was gonna break this ridiculous streak of not having any opening credits it was him right? Nope.

It's just something that seems to have been phased out completely from not only CBMs, but most big blockbuster type flicks. There are those that are very happy about that of course; as I have heard from quite a few people who believe that watching a title sequence somehow takes them out of the movie..or actually reminds them that they are watching a movie in the first place (whatever the hell that means!). But for me it's always been something I've really looked forward to, and actually makes me anticipate what's coming after even more. It's a chance for a film maker to do such a wide variety of things and maybe play around with different styles and tones -- they can dazzle us with striking images that aren't necessarily relevant to the movie's plot (David Fincher's The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo for example) or use the sequence to set up the story with an action packed montage -- like the one used in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which is still talked about as being the best part of the whole movie by some! Remember that great closing credits from The Avengers? Wouldn't that have been so much cooler at the beginning of the film instead? At the very least it's a chance for the audiences to have a look at the cast and crew of the film and maybe spot someone they hadn't realized had a role in it.

Granted some movies still give us an opening of sorts..J.J. Abrams' Star Trek films for example, at least build up to giving us a blast of the score and flash the movies' title. Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy gave us those really cool Bat-logos (still not a patch on Tim Burton's opening sequences for his Batman flicks), but is that enough? I mean look at Superman The Movie: that opening sequence is as iconic as the score that accompanies it -- can you imagine sticking that movie into your Blu-ray player and skipping over the credits straight to the first scene? Course you can't.

I really hope studios and directors stop pandering to ADHD crowds and start bringing back the opening credits. Obviously this works better for some movies than others, and it doesn't have to be a 10 minute opus, just give us something! I know it's not just me, but maybe we are in a minority..so let's find out! Vote below and then share your thoughts in the usual place.

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Ryguy88 - 9/7/2013, 9:00 AM
Opening credit sequences kill off some of the anticipation for me. HOW DARE YOU SAY THEY SHOULD BRING THEM BACK!
MarvelSquadie - 9/7/2013, 9:01 AM
Hmmm.. idk.. but they even took it out of the comic book themed animated shows. Like Avengers assemble, ultimate spider-man, young justice. .
Greengo - 9/7/2013, 9:05 AM
Personally I don't need the Bond-esque foreplay.

Although there have been some marvelous opening sequences.

The one that always comes to my mind was the one for "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo".

Bokis - 9/7/2013, 9:06 AM
Though it might not be a true opening credit scene, I have to say that my favorite is Ironman 3s opening. I was baffled, got shivers and was in awe when it was pitch black and RDJ narrated it and seeing the marvel logo to the sound of Blue dabadeda...
Sam Raimis Spiderman has awesome openings as well
Greengo - 9/7/2013, 9:07 AM
Guess I should read the whole article : )
ALegendaryPanda - 9/7/2013, 9:14 AM
I don't care either way.
LucasMend - 9/7/2013, 9:14 AM
I really miss those too, remember the X-Men movies and Spider-Man movies (Raimi) ones? damn those are [frick]ing incredible. I think the reason Opening Credits are not used anymore is that hollywood feels that the movie experience has to be fast, as we can see blockbusters pacing have not beem slow anymore, and taking out 2 minutes Opening credits only helps them. Good thing Bond still has opening credits. :D
LucasMend - 9/7/2013, 9:15 AM
CrimsonFlash - 9/7/2013, 9:16 AM
Greengo already posted what i was going to say. The only credits that rival the awesomeness that was the Watchmen opening was the girl with the dragon tattoo. I also liked casino royale
MightyZeus - 9/7/2013, 9:21 AM
I would not mind if they brought in more opening title sequences for films. It would be cool and it's creative.
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 9/7/2013, 9:23 AM
It depends. I think if gives a great opportunity to show the origin of a character without having to have the whole movie establish it. For example:
Cles - 9/7/2013, 9:25 AM
David Fincher Ann Quentin Tarantino do a great job of openers when they decide to do them. Shane Black started with the 70's style B-movie openers a few years back, and he does them well. I think that is one of my major gripes with IM3, that it never stopped feeling like a big budget B-movie.
NeoBaggins - 9/7/2013, 9:26 AM
I like the way the bat symbol is hidden/revealed through bats, flames and ice. Then the movie starts.

Opening credits can be boring so, I don't mind. But some are more memorable than others.


Zuriel - 9/7/2013, 9:26 AM
Remember the opening credits to Terminator 2? That still remains one of my favorites, right behind Superman and Batman. Batman Returns was also awesome. I remember hating Terminator 3 as soon as the movie started because all they did was throw the title up on the screen and start the movie.
Sparrowsabre7 - 9/7/2013, 9:26 AM
It very, VERY much depends on the kind of movie and how the titles are done. If the title sequence is like the one in Iron Man 2, then it's just dull and it's just a big list of names while we watch Vanko do all the stuff Tony did in the first movie.

If it's something like Watchmen or something with a similarly interesting visual appeal then yeah, go ahead. But I do not mourn the "endless list of names" style titles with a handful of panning images of nothing interesting like the Superman titles. They were all just zooming through space, or Men in Black with the dragonfly.

In both cases the music was great, but the actual titles did not interest me at all. The Incredible Hulk had a good title sequence because it summarised his origin, which benefits both the movie (for not having to draw it out) and the titles (by having something worth seeing).
CCR - 9/7/2013, 9:29 AM
I don't care about "what-if's" in movies, I only care about the final product. To whine about how a movie could've been better is pointless. It is what it is, you either like the end result or you don't. So this article is very pointless, imo :)

P.S. SE7EN had a really cool opening.
NeoBaggins - 9/7/2013, 9:31 AM

PsyGuy - 9/7/2013, 9:34 AM
Skyfall's was awesome!
HellsHammer - 9/7/2013, 9:40 AM
The watchmen one with Bob Dylan singing is the best for me
PenditaMarah - 9/7/2013, 9:47 AM
Do we care?
Well for me,I don't care,as long the story are mind blowing.
bootyguard - 9/7/2013, 9:52 AM
I think Title sequences can be great! However, the title sequences of older movies like Superman: The Movie detract from the movie for younger generations, because we are used to a faster-paced world. That doesn't mean skip the title sequences, but create them to be in a similar tone and pacing of the film, and to help lead people into what kind of story is to come.

If anyone else is interested in title sequences, check out:

You're welcome! :)
solidsnake512 - 9/7/2013, 9:52 AM
Its like in almost every CBM Its just straight to the action straight to the opening scene they never show the credits until after the CBM is is over back then the christopher reeves superman movies had opening title sequences and the sam raimi spider man movies had title sequences too I wish they use title sequences more often in these CBMS
TheManFromMars - 9/7/2013, 9:54 AM
As long as there's closing credits, I can do without opening ones.
Tymminator - 9/7/2013, 9:55 AM
X-Men Origins:Wolverine was a crappy X-Film with actually a very cool opening sequence a credits. Like the credits from Watchmen, the sequence was used for the story.

The Dark Knight trilogy was a solid comic trilogy that held all credits towards the end.

I guess, it just depends, I like how some use them and some don't.
dckizzle - 9/7/2013, 10:02 AM
When are people gonna stop complaining get a life
FordEl - 9/7/2013, 10:05 AM
I thought The Man Of Steel opening title sequence looked cool. It didnt need a full blown one. Opening credits in general can get campy real fast. I really dont care if it does or doesnt. I just want to enjoy the movie.
FordEl - 9/7/2013, 10:06 AM
@dckizzle. Ikr, now people are whining about opening credits now.
BubblesShedAndBreakfast - 9/7/2013, 10:07 AM
This article makes me wish David Fincher did the Spiderman movie with the long opening credits showing how Peter became Spidy and the credits were gonna end with the movie starting with the fight between Spidy and Green Goblin on the bridge! That would have been epic!!!
Irons - 9/7/2013, 10:08 AM
Lol. Pandering to ADHD crowds? 25 minutes of logos? Wrong and wrong.
FordEl - 9/7/2013, 10:10 AM
@Irons. The Man of Steel opening was like 15 seconds long and it looked cool and the music was awesome. What more do you want?
LEVITIKUZ - 9/7/2013, 10:19 AM
LEVITIKUZ - 9/7/2013, 10:20 AM
Burton's Batman maze opening.

My fav.

Also love SM2 with the Alex Ross art.
fishybashi - 9/7/2013, 10:26 AM
I thought the way MOS opened right into the action was brilliant. I think it depends on the movie. Another note, what's with all the MOS hate around these pages? The movie was one of the best CBMs ever. Highly under-rated film.
Folchibas - 9/7/2013, 10:28 AM
Wow. Someone actually took the time to write an editorial on the opening credits of movies? Must be a really slow news day. That or someone leads a boring life.
faver - 9/7/2013, 10:31 AM
I really don't miss the openings that much. I love them when they manage to tell us something about the world or the characters, like the opening sequence of Watchmen or X-Men Origins. Or like the Raimi's Spiderman 2, where they recap previous events with really cool art. It depends on the character and the film. I don't think Nolan's Batman films needed them. However, I think that Superman is a character that should have one. Not an opening crawl of five minutes in space with epic music, but a sequence that shows Superman doing classic Superman deeds. Man of Steel, because of how the story was structured, didn't allow for this, but it's something I hope they include in the sequel.

RorMachine - 9/7/2013, 10:37 AM
I'm not "whining" about anything, I'm saying: Wouldn't it be nice to have some more opening credit sequences in CBMs? You can either agree or disagree...OR be a gigantic c*nt about it apparently.
Irons - 9/7/2013, 10:38 AM
@FordEl Yes. I know. That's what was said in this poorly constructed editorial.
Jhuntdaprodigy - 9/7/2013, 10:41 AM
I don't miss them, back when movies did that all the time, I'd just sit there bored for 3-5 minutes wishing that movie would just go ahead and start.
RorMachine - 9/7/2013, 10:41 AM
Yes, I wasn't exaggerating ..I actually meant 25 mins of logos.


I was exaggerating.
shadearts - 9/7/2013, 10:44 AM
Watchmen title sequence alone proves Snyder was the right man for Man of Steel the problem (which I do liked Man of Steel) is that they felt the need two have different directors with different visions and infuse it into one movie. Nolan is a more grounded director and Snyder is more of a imaginative director. if you want Snyder to direct let him go at it because the mixing of styles was unsuccessful
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