Overcrowding in Superhero Films – BvS and CA:Civil War
Overcrowding in Superhero Films BvS and CA:Civil War
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Who doesn’t love seeing their favorite comic book characters on the big screen? And who doesn’t love seeing more than one of their favorite comic book characters work together? Today we discuss if superhero films are becoming overcrowded.
With the rising popularity of superhero movies the more and more come out every year. There are six to be released in 2016: Deadpool (In cinemas now) Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (In cinemas 25th March) Captain America: Civil War (29th April) X-Men: Apocalypse (19th May) Suicide Squad (5th August) Doctor Strange (4th November)
What a great line-up!
Now lets talk about a problem that a lot of these films face… overcrowding with characters! The more popular the genre becomes the movies seems to have an increase of characters. This can sometimes be great but other times it can cause the film to be messy and take away from the story. I’m looking at you Spiderman 3!
With Batman v Superman on the horizon excitement builds for us all. However I am worried at the same time as the film seems like it is going to be overcrowded. Here is a run down of the characters that will be appearing: Batman, Superman, Wonder Women, Lois Lane, Lex Luthor, Aquaman, Alfred, Cyborg, Doomsday. Rumoured appearances: Barbara Gordon/Batgirl, The Flash, Jimmy Olson, The Joker, Jason Todd, Darkseid. Woah! That’s a lot of characters and I haven’t even included characters such as Martha Kent and Perry White! How possibly will the film have enough time for each character to satisfy the fans? DC are trying to launch their cinematic universe with this film; which worries fans as it feels like they are trying to rush it by throwing in all these iconic characters without giving us time to get to know them before they start to all come together. Take Marvel for example, it took them six films until the iconic heroes shared a big screen for the first time in The Avengers! So DC are playing catchup with Marvel but will this cause DC to crash and burn from the start? Would it have been better if they took their time and developed these characters in their own films and then slowly started to put them together? Although Warner Bros. has in the past made great films with huge casts, for example the Harry Potter movies, so does this mean that they will be able to do the same a create a meaningful story that fans can enjoy even with the huge amount of characters? If the film doesn’t do as well as DC hope I expect that DC will push back Justice League and put in solo films for the main Justice League characters to develop them. Lets just hope Batman v Superman is good and the many characters don’t take the focus off the main story or otherwise DC are in big trouble!
Now Captain America: Civil War; another film that has a huge cast, some people are calling it Avengers 2.5! Here is a quick run down of the characters appearing: Captain America, Iron Man, Winter Solider, Black Widow, Scarlet Witch, Spiderman, Crossbones, Ant-Man, Hawkeye, Vision, Sharon Carter, Baron Zemo, Black Panther, Falcon, War Machine, Thaddeus Ross. Now that’s a big list but the one main difference between this list and the Batman v Superman list is that most of the characters appearing in Civil War have already appeared in past Marvel films with the exception of Spiderman (new spiderman), Baron Zemo and Black Panther. So we have gotten to know a lot of these characters which is an upside of course but will all these characters take the focus away from Captain America? I think that everyone would rather see a good Captain America story than play spot the Marvel character. Civil War is a huge story line from the comics that involve many character, so does this mean the focus will be on multiple characters rather than Captain America? Or will these characters aid the conflict between Captain America and Iron Man which appears to be the main conflict of the film? I feel that this film has a good chance of not feeling overcrowded due to the fact we know and love a lot of these characters!
Films being overcrowded with characters doesn’t mean it is going to be bad! It is the way that these films will use the characters that will determine whether the film will be a success or not. Hopefully they will help tell the story and not slow down the speed of the film with unneeded appearances!
What are your opinions on the upcoming films?
Hopefully they will be good!