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August 07, 2012

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Jon Pennington

Maybe it's my MBA talking, but you're not going to get much artistic innovation from superhero movies, because the cost of the intellectual property is too high and Marvel/DC won't accept too much of a deviation if it hurts the rest of their IP portfolio. In addition, because the amount of money you can make is so large, these films are probably leveraged up to their eyeballs, which gives studios even more of an incentive to be risk-averse. These films are not artistic or pop cultural products; they're hedge funds in film form.

By the way, if you want a fresh take on superhero movies, I would highly recommend Mr. Freedom, a 1969 French film by the expatriate American photographer, William Klein.

http://www.criterion.com/films/903-mr-freedom

The film is like a left-wing riposte to Team America: World Police over 30 years ahead of schedule.

Isaac

Oh I totally agree, Jon. I think it's fruitless to expect innovation, I'd just like there to be some, as someone who grew up with these myths and can't seem to shake them.

99

In a way, it'd be best for the studios to emulate the comics: just give us new adventures. Don't give us origin stories, except as flashback as necessary, and move forward. It's not even about being artistic or expanding the territory; just don't bore us.

John

Did you see Chronicle? It was really interesting because it basically took the superhero origin story and played it out in a way that is actually like what some high school kids might do if they had those powers. It was really interesting and I look forward to what the writer and director do in the future.

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