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My boyfriend and I spontaneously went to the movies last night, and after a string of action movies I got a choice.  Actually this is not really the case, I just sit simply by as movies like Thor, Pirates of the Caribbean and X-Men get chosen for me, leaving me with a long string of choices.  I was in the mood for a romantic comedy, but because of how late we left, we had limited opportunity for choice (not to mention there are not many romantic comedies out at the moment.)  The choice was between Monte Carlo and Larry Crowne, and despite being a Leighton Meester fan (who is in Monte Carlo) I decided on the more adult Larry Crowne.  I was not expecting much out of this movie, but it was better than the trailer would lead me to believe. 

 

As we are prone to do we showed up to the theater about ten minutes after the movie started, intent on missing the trailers.  I am not a big fan of trailers, the concept is kind of weird to me as it is one of the few times when you can preview what your life is going to be like in the future (by showing you glimpses of what you will be seeing.)  If the same feature worked for other events in life (for things like parties, day trips or sexual encounters) it might have a bit more relevance to me, but I mostly use movies as a form of escapism, so a preview of them is not very necessary for me (I might feel differently if it was another Star Wars movie.)   Out attempt to miss the traielrs was not completely successful as we got in with about two or three of them left.  As we walked I saw an action sequence for Jessica Chastian in a movie called The Debt about Mossad agents. 

 

My first impression though was that it was Hayley Atwell in the new Captain America movie (as Peggy Carter), an impression which I soon came to realize was wrong.   However, my first impression stuck with me, as I wondered what if it was Peggy Carter, or at least that I could imagine it to be.  I am not sure if that is a very clear idea, but basically what I mean is - are there any movies which could be easily hijacked to simply be superhero movies?  Of course this wouldn't work with any superpowered characters but there are all kinds of non-super powered characters out there.  The Peacemaker starring George Clooney, used the superhero name and was ostensibly based on the character, but the portrayal was so much of a departure from the character as to be unrecognizable.  Still in this case, it could be easy to see how maybe Batman could have had a very similar adventure (stopping terrorists from blowing up the United Nations Headquarters).  There are of course a lot of non-super powered characters across a wide variety of genres in comics, and it got me to wondering just how many movies could sort of be comic book movies with just a simple switch of character names. 

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Posted by midnightmare

I think totally the contrary, Super hero movies can't have simple stories, if they have it, only comic book readers would watch them. For mayor audiences movies whith super heroes in them must have the follow requirements:

1) They must be explanatories, make explicit who the hero and the villain are, why they do what they do and why they're enemies, while in your tipical movie the hero can be just a cop, spy or goverment agent, and the villain just a crazy person. Example Die Hard

2) The story must have 2 or 3 plot lines, there must be a great danger, the villain and hero must have a conection in their past, like in the Blade movies, they couldn't simple be about a guy who kill vampires.

3) They must be stuning. A common action/thriller film can be just entertaining, but a superhero movie need to be sense shatering, can't be slow, kids have to leave the theatre wanting to be the protagonist and wanting to buy anything related to him or her. Super hero movie franchises don't have the luxury of making midle movies about nothing like the Harry Potter or Twilight ones.

That's my opinion.

Posted by DoomDoomDoom

@midnightmare said:

I think totally the contrary, Super hero movies can't have simple stories, if they have it, only comic book readers would watch them. For mayor audiences movies whith super heroes in them must have the follow requirements:

1) They must be explanatories, make explicit who the hero and the villain are, why they do what they do and why they're enemies, while in your tipical movie the hero can be just a cop, spy or goverment agent, and the villain just a crazy person. Example Die Hard

2) The story must have 2 or 3 plot lines, there must be a great danger, the villain and hero must have a conection in their past, like in the Blade movies, they couldn't simple be about a guy who kill vampires.

3) They must be stuning. A common action/thriller film can be just entertaining, but a superhero movie need to be sense shatering, can't be slow, kids have to leave the theatre wanting to be the protagonist and wanting to buy anything related to him or her. Super hero movie franchises don't have the luxury of making midle movies about nothing like the Harry Potter or Twilight ones.

That's my opinion.

Pretty good break down there.