Why Capitalism Assures There Will Always Be Superhero Movies

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Ever since the first Batman and Superman movies were made in the 50’s and 60’s, Hollywood has been eager to retell these stories in more creative ways and of course, with better special effects.  In the past, films held this amazing weight that truly reflected how much work and time went into them and eventually as the latest film descended into obsolescence, a new one would arise decades later, telling a similar story and looking twice as good. This was how superhero movies came to be up until about two years ago, when The Amazing Spider-Man was announced. It’s understandable that a new series would arise, but no more than five years passed after Toby Maguire’s Spider-Man trilogy before rapidly being replaced with The Amazing Spider-Man. We are now currently waiting for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 as the film has just recently wrapped shooting. The Amazing Spider-Man got a relatively positive (7/10 IMDB) reception, yet was viewed as a step back by many fans, in terms of story quality. Meanwhile, the Batman series was in the process of being rebooted, courtesy of Christopher Nolan. However, unlike the freshly completed Spider-Man trilogy, Batman hadn’t seen the big-screen for some time and was ripe for a fresh start. Then came Man of Steel (actually a great film, check out my review). Admittedly, Superman (like his black, bat-eared DC comics brethren) had been out of theatres for a while and was due for an update. Man of Steel was a box-office success and is sure to have a sequel (or two) within the next few years.

So what am I ranting about? Other than a hasty reboot of “Spidy”, it doesn’t seem like Hollywood is being overly redundant with their crime fighting flicks. Well believe it or not, there is already a decent buzz around the next Batman series… already. I guess it is only to be expected that fans would wonder what’s next after something so sweet comes to a conclusion, but I think these rumors are more than just fluff. Among fans, there is already heavy talk of a Batman Beyond series to be made in the near future. Although nothing has official been announced (typical), this idea actually makes a lot of sense, and if I was a betting man, I would say it most likely will become a reality in the next five years.

Batman Beyond was an animated series released in the late 90’s and 2000’s. The story begins with a short scene showing Bruce Wayne barely escaping a fight in his f