I’m really excited about the upcoming X-Men prequel First Class, especially with Matthew Vaughn as director. I just recently re-watched Kick Ass and I loved it even more the second time. But recently in a interview with LA Times, he stated that the reason he wanted to do the film because of the status he believes superhero movies are in:
I think we’ve kind of crossed the Rubicon with superhero films. 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. I think [the opportunity to do one], it’s only going to be there two or three more times. Then, the genre is going to be dead for a while because the audience has just been pummeled too much. It is a crowded room. It’s too crowded.
I have to say that while I’m not sure I agree with Vaughn or not, I think he does make an interesting point that made me think a few minutes after the reading the article. Is the superhero genre dying? I mean Watchmen made only about $55 million on its opening weekend, and Kick Ass got brutally raped at the box office (even though that isn’t a straight superhero film). Is it Superhero genre nearing its end? And the biggest question is if it is ending, can Vaughn bring it back. X-Men after all was what brought the Superhero genre back after Batman killed it.
What are your thoughts?