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Lessons About the Future of the Genre from Superhero Movies

Superheroes movies are no longer to be considered only for children. In fact, they have become a major part of pop culture too. Today, people of all ages and backgrounds wear superhero t-shirts and some of them even play scratch cards while watching their favourite superhero movie. Below we have listed some lessons from these movies about the future of the genre.

Humour is still king

As movies based on comic books break box office record and take up more and more cultural real estate, “superhero movie” has come to cover over these films’ good quality DNA, as well as the ways the meta-genre is taking new turns. For instance, the gore of Logan and the psychedelia of Doctor Strange technically belong to the same genre, but they are quite different from each other. However, there are still some common threads and humour has been the series unofficial calling card for the Marvel Cinematic Universe since Iron Man. The comedy of the MCU has evolved from time to time. The recent Marvel superhero-movie Ant-Man And The Wasp is possibly an indicator of where the universe is headed.

From the psychedelic colour pallets to the unbelievable notion that a Sony Walkman can work in space, you’ll find humour in every part of Guardians of the Galaxy. As Marvel produces more sequels and independent movies, humour will become more essential to the introducing characters.

The R-rated superhero pic is for real

Comic book superhero movies aren’t just for kids or nerds anymore. All it took was for 2016’s Deadpool to make some dirty jokes on the screen, and suddenly R-rated superhero movies have become very popular among the adults. In 2010, director James Gunn brought us the Marmite of all R-rated superhero movies – Super. Rainn Wilson and Ellen Page ran around as powerless superheroes hitting people with spanners and beating up anyone who dared to stop them. Viewers seemed to find it hilarious and unsettling.

Released in 1994, The Crow is best known for the tragic death of its star Brandon Lee while filming the scene where his character in the film is killed. Its sequel The Crow: City of Angels is known for being rubbish. The R rating gives moviemakers much freedom to use as much violence and strong language as the directors see fit.

We are waiting for female-led superhero movies

As Wonder Woman turned out to be a hit on the box office, female superhero movies have suddenly become less risky than they did a year ago. With the success of Wonder Woman, it looks like Warner Bros is keeping up with the pace and will create more female superhero movies in the future. In addition to the upcoming Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn), the studio is rumoured to be planning produce Batgirl and Gotham City Sirens films. If these films are released in the next few years, the DCEU will have more women-led movies than any of its competitors so far.

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