So, unless you’ve been in the Phantom or Negative Zones for the past decade, you know that movies based on comic books (and the general comic book mythos), specifically superhero comics, have been all the rage. This year, the four big comic movies released (just to cover our bases: Thor, X-Men: First Class, Green Lantern, and Captain America — no offense, Green Hornet, and, seriously, fuck you, Cowboys & Aliens) haven’t been the breakout blockbuster smashes of either of Christopher Nolan’s Batmen films, any of the previous X-Men movies or Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man franchise, and not even close to the first Iron Man.
You know this. You’ve probably been thinking that, even though this summer’s crop has performed markedly better and been, overall, more critically appealing than previous less-than-successful comic book movies (Catwoman, Daredevil, the Fantastic Fours, Superman Returns, to name, literally, a few), studios, theater chains, and audiences have had their fill of four color adventures to last a whole generation — kind of like how the Stallone, Schwarzenegger, Van Damme, and Segal movies of the mid-80s to mid-90s eventually ran their course and, no, (The Expendables doesn’t count). If you did, you are more than excused, because, like me, you would be wrong.
We’re still in the wake of SDCC, and still in the middle of this summer season, so naturally news of yet even more comic-derived adaptations is still bubbling up to the surface like a perfectly timed fart at the end of a staff meeting. Really, when even those that are considered failures are getting sequels, comic book movies are probably just our existence for the foreseeable future. They’re too big to fail.
Thus, without further ado, we have these three movies (or, at least, news of these three movies) to look forward to… on top of The Wolverine, Ghostrider 2, The Amazing Spider-Man, Man of Steel, Deadpool, Fantastic Four and Daredevil reborquels, and, of course, The Dark Knight Rises:
Green Lantern 2
Despite it’s so-so receipts (based solely on its astronomical production and marketing budgets), Ryan Reynold’s Green Lantern is getting a sequel that plans to “correct” the “problems” of the original. So sayeth Warner Bros. (parent of DC Comics) President Jeff Robinov (emphasis mine): “To go forward we need to make it a little edgier and darker with more emphasis on action…. And we have to find a way to balance the time the movie spends in space versus on Earth.” If that somehow translates into The Untouchables in Space, or even “COPS” in Space, then maybe. Otherwise, you’re just going to embarrass RyRey, and the Deadpool movie is probably going to do that first. No reason to pile on.
Yes, Guillermo del Toro has decided to, unofficially, add another item on his To Direct List, calling the third adventure of the Right Hand of Doom “the hardest one […] and not necessarily…a happy ending.” He also mentions how some of his movies take a long time to make, the gestation process, apparently, being the longest. So, based on del Toro’s ever changing slate, look for this before the end of the decade. Maybe. Hellboy himself, Ron Perlman, has the best reason to make a new one:
“There are things that are introduced in the first two films that have to be resolved in the third one. So for us to not make the third film would be kind of an injustice to [the fans].”
Respect. As long as Perlman is in the lead role, I’d watch Hellboy: Bringing Up Demon Babies.
Dr. Strange is one of Marvel’s more fantasy-inclined, majik-based heroes, as surgeon Stephen Strange searches for a live-saving, career-resuscitating cure but becomes the mystical, cosmological Sorcerer Supreme instead. It’s very convoluted, but Marvel has already been passing out the script, by the two guys who wrote the new Conan the Barbarian, to potential directors to secure a release date by 2014, which is after the already scheduled The Avengers in 2012, Iron Man 3 and Thor 2 in 2013, and Ant Man (directed by Edgar Wright, so I’m legitimately excited) that same year. Dr. Strange could be a nice departure stylistically from the other Marvel Studios movies. As long as Patrick “Loveryboy” Dempsey doesn’t get his wish to star in the title role. He does know that playing a doctor in a previous role doesn’t really have any bearing, right?
Hell, I’m an ostensible fan (for references, please see my author-links below) and I’m getting sick of all these comic book flicks. Except for Batman. They can make as many Batman movies as they want. I will see every single one.