Thursday, July 25, 2013
There is so much going on in the area of animated and live action comic book character entertainment that it is hard to know where to begin. It was not so many years ago that the entertainment industry looked at comic related properties as “schlock” low budget fare.
Today those same properties are a pillar of the entertainment industry generating revenue in the BILLIONS of dollars.
This summer alone we have already had two tent pole films in Man of Steel and iron man. This week The Wolverine opens domestically and is sure to add to the tally. And still to come are Thor: The Dark World, Kick Ass 2, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For ( now held until 2014) and Red 2.
And the wave of comic related films shows no sign of cresting. Just this week it was announced at the San Diego ComicCon that in 2015 we are going to get a Superman/Batman cross over.
It doesn’t end with movies either. This past season the CW’s Arrow was a runaway hit. Premiering this fall the Joss Whedon created “Agents Of Shield” is slated to make it’s debut on ABC. And of course Walking Dead is arguably the biggest hit on TV (well maybe Game of Thrones but it’s CLOSE!)
DC Animated has released a new CGI series, “Beware The Batman”, a few weeks ago. Based on the first two episodes it has the potential to rival “Batman The Animated Series” In popularity.
It doesn’t end with 2013 either. The list of upcoming comic related films is impressive. Check out these confirmed projects which are at various stages of development:
X-men: Days of Future Past (20140, Captain America: Winter Soldier (2014), Black Panther (2014), Ant-Man (2015), The Flash (2016), and Guardians of The Galaxy (2014), just to name a few. Of course we know that a planned Avengers 2 : The Age of Ultron is slated for Summer 2015.
Amazing stuff. No genre has so dominated the box office since the golden age of Westerns back in the 1930’s and 1940’s.
We comic book “geeks” are no longer the oddballs. We are , dare I say it, mainstream.
…not sure how I feel about that. It might be time to shake things up!
Posted by Holmes at 1:27 PM