Serialized Comic Book Movies Are Possible!
Do you crave more than just one movie about your favorite super-hero every two or three years? Is at least two movies about your favorite super-hero a year possible? I think so!
We all love comic book movies, but is three, four, even five enough of any one comic book to satisfy our appetite for them. I know that I won’t be happy until there is an assembly line cranking out at least two HULK movies every year. Oh but the cost and time to make these movies you cry. Are you telling me that you wouldn’t go see a SPIDER-MAN movie in July that ends with a cliffhanger and see another in December that resolves the issue? So if the demand that easily outweighs cost is there why should any studio not dedicate a task force to making these movies? Oh but actors have other obligations and you can’t expect them to limit themselves to one role now can you GFAN? Yes stupid I can! Nobody said they had to be well known actors that deserve multi-million dollar pay checks. I don’t know much about the mechanics of the film industry but I do know that actors and actresses that are dedicated to a TV show for the length of it’s run are paid a lot less than big time movie actors and actresses. So I as a laymen armchair critic am going to put a few ideas out there on how the dream of on going serialized CBM’s might be achieved and I know I can’t be the first to have them.
First, we have the time it actually takes to make a movie. There is no possible way to make two class A movies in the same year, right? Now again, I admittedly know nothing about the mechanics or production of a film but it seems to me that this is not an insurmountable hurdle. In fact the only thing I think that would make it seemingly so is that studio executives can’t accept the idea that each movie isn’t an independent venture. Take the MATRIX for example, once it was accepted that this franchise would be a trilogy the studio was able to get the second and third movie released in the same year and even using the same directors. They accomplished this by simultaneously shooting both movies. So it can be done, and no one says that the same directors have to be employed for every movie. Consider the HARRY POTTER movies, they didn’t use the same director for every movie and at no point in any movie did I sense a disruption to the homogeneous tone, style, and atmosphere of the series. This is probably because there was style parameters set for these movies that each director had to follow, much like TV shows that employ different directors. So if you use style parameters for the CBM’s there is no reason that two different directors couldn’t direct and shoot two HULK or LOBO movies at the same time.
Now I’m going to kill two birds with one stone because the issues dovetail each other. The issues are cost and actor commitment. Expense is only justified by return, and as I have already said I believe the demand is there for serialized CBM’s. On this site alone there are over six million visitors monthly, at least according to Galactus, and I have no reason to doubt him he is God after all and according to the bible God cannot lie, Hebrews 6:18. To put that in perspective that is two percent of the American population visiting this site every month. This does not include the other countless comic book movie sites and blogs that dot the cyber landscape. On top of this consider the fact that when times are economically tough as they are now people simply want to escape their problems. They generally do this with alcohol and cinema, the more fantastic and unbelievable the movie the better. I need to think no further than my own father, who has never been a lover of anything fantastical to prove this. He lost his business, his house, and his wife due to the bad economic environment and over this past summer he went to see THE GREEN LANTERN, THOR, and CAPTAIN AMERICA and called me up after each one and droned on about how much he loved these movies. As for actor commitment, we don’t need Robert Downy JR. Edward Norton, Scarlett Johansson, Nicholas Cage, or Samuel L. Jackson to play the parts of our beloved comic book heroes, instead why not find no-name actors who do commercials during the day and work in cocktail lounges at night but are as equally talented to fill the roles. The studio would offer them more money than they’re used to, say five hundred thousand a year maybe a million, but they are then dedicated to the role of that comic book character for, oh I don’t know, ten years. The studio then trims away a major portion of production cost, the actors salary, the cocktail waitress gets more money then she ever thought possible, and we the fan boys get our hunger satiated year after year…everybody wins!
I believe that what I’m saying here will sooner or later become a reality and is in fact already on it’s way to becoming so. I think Marvel’s AVENGERS experiment is a simple testing of the waters. If those over at Marvel entertainment have even half a brain they’re already thinking along these lines but first want to take soundings in the pop-culture. Of course none of this is really possible until Marvel entertainment gets back the rights to all of it’s intellectual properties. Therefore I propose that every fan boy abstain from all food until FOX and SONY hand all the movie rights of all super-hero related material back over to MARVEL, and for those who feel led by the spirit, please feel free to set yourself on fire in front of Tom Rothman’s house in protest of FOX’s handling of all of our super-heroes. If you’re reading this, you are the resistance.
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