I have zero desire to see the reboot Spider-Man or Superman at the moment because of reboot burn-out. More stories set in the Spider-Man continuity (even if they have to recast actors), yes please. Telling the same damn origin story over and over again – no thanks. And while I really would like to see a good Superman movie for my generation, I’m not pinning my hopes on 2013â€²s rushed attempt to fulfill DC’s legal obligations to maintain the character. I just don’t have any faith that we’ll get a good Superman movie franchise, not from DC/Warner Bros. But if I needed a reason to skip yet another go-around on franchises that have had their day and are still fresh in memory, there’s this:
I saw the trailer for the Spiderman reboot and I’m just so very, very resentful. Hollywood is so desperate for new superhero movies that they’re doing serial reboots – how many Batman reboots and Spiderman reboots are we going to get? – but they still can’t be assed to base even one movie on a female character, even though Wonder Woman is at least as iconic as the male characters who are getting so much attention. (source)
I’ve pretty much given up ever seeing a blockbuster female superhero movie in my lifetime, but danged if I’m going to go see a reboot of a series that had its last film come out in 2007. And Batman is getting rebooted again after the end of Chris Nolan’s trilogy – but with Nolan/Emma Thomas producing again, which doesn’t sound like much of a reboot to me. I just…don’t know even know what to say to that. Does diluting the brand mean nothing anymore?
And they really need to give up on the Hulk. Why is he in 2012′s Avengers instead of The Wasp or Scarlet Witch or Ms. Marvel? Seeing the final Avengers cast in the Captain America teaser trailer was admittedly a bit of a let-down, given what it could have been (and I f***ing loved that trailer). They could have saved themselves the embarrassment of a third Hulk casting attempt by bringing in the far more interesting She-Hulk. (I know the name’s awful – just say she’s the new Hulk. Bruce Banner has had his two tries already.) Jennifer Walters would be an easy fit into the established cinematic universe, if they didn’t want to give a SINGLE STANDALONE MOVIE to a female character.
Just…how many times do Hulk, Spidey, Superman, Batman get a do-over, while Wonder Woman, Batgirl, or Black Widow (ahem), never even get a chance? Green Lantern and Ghost Rider bomb, and rather than becoming toxic, they get a sequel. Imagine Supergirl, Catwoman, or Elektra getting the same leeway. How many times do male characters get to fail and get a second chance (white male characters anyway), while more iconic women never get a first chance? They made Thor and Captain America work, for goodness’ sake. Wonder Woman should be easy after that.