There’s a short piece on BigHollywood.com about why studios keep on making superhero movies. And remaking them. Yeah, there’s money in them. There’s nothing inherently wrong with a business wanting and attempting to make money. If you believe different, you’re probably a communist.
Anyway, the other reason pointed out in the article (which is actually pulling from a Washington Times piece) is that people crave unambiguous stories about good vs evil. Heck, yeah. There’s a lot to unpack in that one brief statement. I’m not going to jump into it now because I only have about one free minute available. However, the good vs evil mythos (and I mean mythos in the sociological sense, not the legend sense) provides a framework for our lives. It makes sense of things.
Without it, what do you have? You have V is for Vendetta and a lot of the post-modern anti-superheroes who I wouldn’t trust to guard my lunch money, let alone divert me in a story.
Hmm. My brain is starting to tick over. I need to write more about this topic. George R. R. Martin and his Electric Modern Company (all inked in bright, fluorescent, raging color) vs Superman & Tolkien (inked in fading sepias).
But I have no time. Until tomorrow or next year. Whichever is more valuable.