It’s officially mid-April, which means that summer blockbuster season is right around the corner. At this point exactly one year ago, the world was excitedly anticipating the mega superhero flick The Avengers, which released on May 4 to colossal public acclaim.
Flash forward one year, and boy, how much things have changed. This time, the world’s taste in film has clearly evolved, because everybody is excitedly anticipating a … mega superhero flick.
Man of Steel is a reboot from the latest Superman installment, which occurred way, way back in 2006. And this time, Superman is being played a Brit named Henry Cavill. Which means all major American superheroes have most recently been portrayed by non-Americans. The Amazing Spiderman of course featured Californian-turned-Brit Andrew Garfield as the webbed vigilante, and the recently wrapped Batman trilogy starred Welsh actor Christian Bale as everybody’s favorite caped crusader.
It’s shouldn’t really be that surprising. What the predominance of European actors in traditional American roles confirms is what we already know — Americans just aren’t really that very talented.
But anyway, the point is that Warner Bros. released the third theatrical trailer for the new Superman flick yesterday, and now the Internet is absolutely smitten.
I don’t mean to sound pretentious (yes I do), but it’s funny to me track the public reaction to a film like this. Superhero reboots are extremely commonplace nowadays, so when a Superman reboot was announced about four or five years ago, the reaction was pretty predictable.
“Oh my God, another reboot?! How unoriginal is Hollywood becoming???”
And then Henry Cavill was selected to portray Superman.
“What? Who the heck is that? He’s British?? Why the heck didn’t they cast a real American like Colin Ferrell instead?”
And then it was announced that Zack Snyder would be the director.
“Hmm, this is the guy who directed 300? I did like that movie … but still. I don’t know…”
And then Christopher Nolan was announced as a producer.
“Oh wow. Oh boy. This might actually be good!”
Flash forward a few years and a few trailers later, and now everybody has a hard-on as they eagerly await this movie’s release. No more complaints about reboots, no more chastising Hollywood’s lack of originality and no more questioning of whether a Brit was the right choice to play Clark Kent.
Again, I don’t want to sound pretentious (I still do), but I just can’t bring myself to be excited about a superhero movie. I said the same thing about Dark Knight Rises last year. Every superhero film follows the same exact formula. Each time. And not only that, but since they’ve been rebooted about six times each, we already know exactly what is going to happen.
I’ll admit that the trailer is extremely well done. Sentimental music, nicely timed voice overs, and a star-studded cast including Russell Crowe, Amy Adams, Kevin Costner and Michael Shannon. There is a lot of potential there. A lot of potential.
But there’s no need to start reaching for the lubricant just yet, people. It’s only a three-minute long trailer. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
For me, the real movie season starts in October, when all the Oscar-bait films start being released. The summer blockbuster season just doesn’t do it for me.
Although, if there is any sequel I am excited about, it’s the recently-announced Pixar sequel, Finding Dory. I can appreciate a sequel when it is not rushed, and when the production companies actually wait for the right moment when everything comes together to get back to work. It annoys me when sequels are pushed so quickly just to make money. *cough*TheHangover*cough*
Look at Toy Story. Pixar waited 11 years for that sequel. They took their time, and look how that turned out. And when Finding Dory is released in November 2015, it will be an even longer 12 year gap between films. And that’s why I am confident that it will be a great success. Plus there’s a British person playing Dory. I’m kidding.
You know what? The day I finish blogging — for whatever reason — I’ve decided that I won’t actually be finished. I am going to stop for a long time, probably at least 10 years, and then the Weinblog will be rebooted, but its author will return in the form of a British version of me.
In fact, I’m going to buy a Rosetta Stone right now in preparation.
Wait a minute, that’s not how Rosetta Stone works, does it?