The last decade has seen a slew of superhero movies. Before that, there were a few, but nowhere near in the numbers they’re made and released today.
I remember seeing Christopher Reeve in Superman and loving it. The Michael Keaton Batman films? The first one was wonderfully dark, the second’s saving grace was Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman. “You poor guys. Always confusing your pistols with your privates.” Then she cracks the whip. She wasn’t that sexy again until The Fabulous Baker Boys, when she slithered all over the top of the piano in a red dress while singing “Making Whoopie.”
But I digress. I was talking about superheros, and lately? I’ve gone off ’em. It seems like there’s a new superhero movie or TV series every other week. There are so many, I can’t tell one from another anymore, especially when they throw a bunch of heroes into one film, like The Avengers. I’ve tried to watch that movie three times, and I still haven’t gotten all the way through it.
It’s so damn boring! They’re all boring now, offering an overabundance of CGI flashy effects and almost nothing in plot, characters, or relationships. The last superhero film I remember enjoying was Ironman. I can’t think of once since then I’ve bothered to see.
I don’t know, maybe I’m starting to feel about these films like I do about sports: don’t like watching them, but enjoy participating in real life. Like, if someone asked me to play some backyard baseball or football, I’d do it. That’s fun. I’d get some exercise, have some laughs, feel like I’d done something that day. But sitting in front of a TV watching others play? Nope. Not interested.
These days, I’d rather be the man with telekinetic powers than watch someone do it in a movie. Writing characters like that are good too. Part of the reason why I write is to vicariously enjoy things my life will never offer.
It’s a bad sign there are so many superhero movies around these days. It means people are desperate to escape, and Batman with his toys and Superman in his cape are the ultimate escape.
I’m doing it too, but I do it with writing, not by going to the movies.