Heroes: Will Superhero Films Find Trouble or Triumph in 2018 and Beyond?

     April 2, 2018

On this 232nd episode of Heroes, Jon Schnepp, Robert Meyer Burnett, John Rocha, and Jay Washington discuss the following:

  • Are superhero films in trouble for 2018 and beyond?
  • Outside of Marvel Studios, every other company has had a very hard time establishing their brand, let alone a cohesive universe. Why can’t these other studios match their success?
  • Are the studio executives in charge so out of touch that they are fumbling and tripping up what should be the easiest genre to deliver imaginable?
  • We have seen many films be shut down and reshot due to executives who second guess their audience and release films that are not well received critically or commercially. Are there lessons to be learned here?
  • When will these failures add up to letting the filmmakers actually do their jobs or is it ultimately the executive’s job to make these final and mostly fatal decisions?
  • When you look at Mike Allred’s Madman, Howard Chaykin’s American Flagg, Frank Miller’s Martha Washington, are some of these beloved comic book characters not built for feature film storytelling?
  • The panel explores bizarre characters like Marvel’s Foolkiller, DC’s Inferior Five, and Image’s The Darkness to see if some comic book characters are too remote, too goofy or too unrealistic to make the leap to the big screen.
  • With these massive shared universes and many companies planning out these giant event films years in advance, is this the way to continue, or should stand-alone adventures be the new franchises?
  • Similar to comics, these characters must have a turnover rate every few years to remain fresh and current. We have actors and actresses who have lived as certain characters for over a decade. The panel debates if entire worlds of characters need to be reborn and if the public will respond to the new versions?
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