Matthew Vaughn Thinks Superhero Movies Will Die Out Soon?
They will? Okay, maybe not soon, but sometime in the near future, or so he claims. Geoff Boucher of Hero Complex recently published an article with new quotes from director Matthew Vaughn, who is currently hard at work on pre-production for X-Men: First Class, due out next summer. Vaughn said some rather interesting things about the inevitable (right?) decline of the comic book/superhero movie genre: "It's been mined to death and in some cases the quality control is not what it's supposed to be," Vaughn said. "People are just going to get bored of it." That may actually be true, but how soon will we actually see that happen?
Before we get further into this, I think big trends in Hollywood have previously changed over different eras. It's hard to say that big changes always come with every decade, but we can clearly see the different kind of movies that were successful and popular from decades like the 80s and 90s. However, I think we may have reached a point where comic book movies, and movies of any genre, can still be successful no matter what, as long as they're great movies. And maybe that's his point - the quality of some of the crap out there (e.g. X-Men: The Last Stand, The Spirit, Jonah Hex) is causing people to lose their interest in superhero movies.
In fact, this concern is exactly why Vaughn decided to jump on to X-Men: First Class while he still could. "I've always wanted to do a big-budget superhero film and I think we've kind of crossed the Rubicon with superhero films," Vaughn said. "I think [the opportunity to do one], it's only going to be there two or three more times." I would've loved to ask him what he thinks are the superhero movies that can be considered the pinnacle so far that have put us passed this "Rubicon." Obviously The Dark Knight is up there, but what else? Are there other superhero movies released recently, besides TDK, that you guys believe will never be topped and will define the genre forever? Or is it just that our focus is shifting to other stuff (e.g. Avatar)?
On thing Vaughn believes is that "it's too crowded." And after this forthcoming barrage of superhero movies, "the genre is going to be dead for a while because the audience has just been pummeled too much." At first I kind of feel like he is making a good point as that is a valid concern. But at the same time, I'm so damn excited for so much coming up, it's hard to agree with him. I mean, next summer alone we have Thor, Priest, X-Men: First Class, Green Lantern, Captain America and Cowboys and Aliens. And all of those (from what I've seen) look fantastic so far. Not to mention The Avengers and Batman 3 and Justice League beyond that.
Then again, with original concepts like District 9, Avatar, Inception and Sucker Punch, maybe the interest of moviegoers is shifting towards other stuff that isn't a comic book adaptation, but is still awesome "genre" stuff. I really don't know, I can't say I'm on Vaughn's side because I'm personally still excited for every last comic book movie coming up in the next three years. And with The Avengers on the way as well, if that is not only a success but also as awesome as we're all hoping, I think that's only going to bust open the doors to the comic book world like we've really never seen before, paving the way for Justice League and beyond.
It's an exciting time ahead for the comic book and superhero movie genre, or so I believe, and Vaughn is just being a little too pessimistic. Maybe he's still stung over the mediocre box office of Kick-Ass, a movie which I loved and should've been more successful. I'm curious to hear what you guys think about Vaughn's quotes. So does he make a good point? Are you tired of superhero movies yet? How much longer will they last?