A couple of weeks ago, Matthew Vaughn, director of Kick-Ass, was interviewed by the L.A. Times about his upcoming movie, X-Men: First Class and the future of superheroes on the big screen. His response was somewhat surprising. He explained that the only reason he was eager to follow up one comic book movie with another is because he believes that the genre is on the verge of dying out, and that there wouldn’t be many more opportunities for him to do another one:
“It’s been mined to death and in some cases the quality control is not what it’s supposed to be. People are just going to get bored of it… The genre is going to be dead for a while because the audience has just been pummeled too much.”
It’s an interesting perspective, coming from the same guy whose last movie was said by some to be the beginning of the end for comic book movies because it was so post-modern and self-referential. Right now it’s still hard to imagine superheroes losing their box office power, but when you think about where a lot of the big franchises are, they’ve all reached the third movie and now they’ve got nowhere to go. Spider-Man and many others are being rebooted already, and while Marvel is building to The Avengers, what will happen after that? Fans are starting to lose faith in some franchises, and the smaller characters just don’t have the same appeal. What do you think? Is Matthew Vaughn on to something here, or is he just coming across as an arrogant know-it-all? Will the next wave of reboots and spin-offs succeed, or will people start to lose interest? Are you burning out on the comic book movie craze? Give us your thoughts here on Open Forum Friday.