I know the source material was very violent, yes, but since then it has been very little-kid friendly. To go away from decades of cartoony, kid-friendly fun and turn it into just another movie with screaming people threatened by guns is sad. We have enough of that stuff already.
I think looking at these as relaunches is wrong. I'm thinking about them as seasons of a TV show. Like, here's 12 months to tell this story that's with this character from this creator. And then they all turn over with new #1s to tell the next story. I like it. Makes it easy.