Superhero movie genre

captain america: the first avenger Pictures, Images and Photos
This summer has seen more superhero films come to theatres than any other single season in recent years. By my count the total is 5 films in about 3 months: Thor, X-Men: First Class, Green Lantern, Transformers: Dark of the Moon and Captain America: The First Avenger. The only one from this list that I have not watched is Green Lantern and judging by its success at the box office (or lack thereof) most of you have not seen it either. While I’m on the topic of being a critic, I recently watched Captain America and thought it was good. I recommend it.

In case you didn’t notice Samuel L. Jackson in some of the superhero movies lately, Marvel Entertainment is grouping Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and a couple others into one movie called The Avengers. It will debut on the big screen in May of next year. I am very much looking forward to it. In addition, a new Spider-Man movie will come out in 2012 which is a complete overhaul from the Tobey Maguire movie series. Also, the third and apparently last installment of Batman will also come out next year. All three films are expected to be big hits and rake in hundreds of millions of revenue.

Since we are seeing a consistent showing of these blockbuster superhero movies every summer, it is safe to say that it is a genre on its own now. I actually like this genre in general, although some of the superhero characters are not that interesting to me (Hulk, Fantastic Four, Green Lantern, to name a few). I am also interested in this evolution in the movie industry from a business perspective. More than any other genre in movies, including animated films, superhero films give studios a strong potential to earn revenue aside from the box office and DVDs. Merchandise including toys, video games, clothing, etc… Can be big contributors to the studios wanting to make superhero movies. I don’t mind the commercialization of this genre at all since I remember being a kid and wanting the toys for all these superheroes.

Unlike the reality genre in TV, the superhero genre in movies is one that I am very happy that it occurred.