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With school wrapping up for another year and movie season soon approaching, movie goers across the world are gearing up for this summer’s biggest movie blockbusters. With 2011 having a number of big hits like Harry Potter, Transformers, and Pirates of the Caribbean, 2012 is looking to bring an impressive lineup of action packed movies, that are sure to keep all my fellow nerds jumping with excitement. That being said, the real question this summer revolves around whether the superhero genre is still growing or whether it is losing steam due to over production.
The superhero genre has been around for ages, all starting with the first comic book in 1938 called Action Comic #1. It followed the stories of 11 extraordinary superheroes across the universe, most notable being a flying man in blue tights named Superman. At the time, these comic books were used as a narrative tool to promote social justice in America. But these comics turned into an international phenomena that brought together people from around the world. Has their popularity grew, the superhero genre migrated into other facets of the media until it landed on the big screen in 1978 under the title Superman. The movie opened at a staggering 7 million and provided as a new gold mine for profitable has a new genre in the film industry.
After the success of Superman, superhero movies doubled in production and by the end of the 90’s, 38 superhero movies had been made. Although some of these films grossed high at the box office, most of them fell around average or even below box office standards. The true potential of the superhero genre didn’t evolve until the release of Spider-man in 2002. Not only was Spider-man the highest grossing superhero movie at the time, but it was the first movie in history to gross 100 million in a single weekend. Ever since this release, the superhero genre has exploded into main stream media and has become one of the highest followed genres of this generation.
With the rise of a mass culture of fans and the ever growing number of superhero movies made each year, it will be interesting to see how movie goers react to the increasing overload of movies being made. My question I pose to you is whether you think the superhero genre will continue to grow in popularity among movie goers or do you think over production will ultimately become it’s down fall? Feel free to express your opinions below.
I’m also curious which summer blockbuster your looking forward to the most this summer. Vote in the poll below and see who agrees or disagrees with you.