Dec 27 2011

10 Reasons to Reboot a Superhero Movie Franchise

Published by at 7:24 pm under Comic Book Movies

My guest article about when it’s a good time to reboot a franchise just got posted at  The editorial assistance was surprisingly good.  The edited article has a slightly more casual voice than most of my content on SN, but I hope you’ll enjoy it anyway.


If you’d be interested in hosting one of my guest articles, please let me know at superheronation-at-gmail-dot-com.  I’d really appreciate if you would suggest an article topic (e.g. How to Write an Interesting Sidekick) or some general genre of articles (e.g. anything about characterization) you find interesting, but it’s not necessary.

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3 Responses to “10 Reasons to Reboot a Superhero Movie Franchise”

  1. Chihuahua0on 01 Jan 2012 at 7:40 pm

    -reads guest article-

    -sees last point-


  2. B. McKenzieon 01 Jan 2012 at 10:21 pm

    Over the last 25 years, the 4 Batman movies without Robin have averaged 82%. The two with Robin have averaged 29%. Granted, it’s a pretty small sample size and there were many other reasons that Batman & Robin and Batman Forever would probably have been terrible either way, but screenwriters have not had an easy time with Robin lately.

    Speaking of which, one of my intuitions is that superhero movies tend to be better if the cast of heroes is relatively small.* (But it’s just an impression at this point. At some point this year, after hitting up Rotten Tomatoes again, I’ll hopefully have enough data to at least show correlation (not causation).

    *That said, some writers have really excelled with large casts of superheroes. I think Kick-Ass, First Class, and probably The Incredibles generally nailed it. (With The Incredibles, I think one of the three kids could have been eliminated to develop the others).

  3. Chrison 06 Jan 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Very nice article, I enjoyed it alot. And I agree with you, mostly. 🙂

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