The Dark Knight, according to Box Office Mojo, has made over $800 million dollars worldwide. In the wake of its financial success, Warner Brothers (which made The Dark Knight) has announced that several movies will be made from the DC Comics universe into movies with a similar style to that of The Dark Knight. That, in conclusion, means a series of Dark Knight rip-offs.
I understand that Hollywood is looking to familiar properties and remakes of previous films to get people to purchase tickets. I also understand that Warner Brothers has the right to bank on their recent success with The Dark Knight in order to stay in the forever changing film industry. I do not understand, however, why the style of The Dark Knight has to be incorporated into Superman.
It is true that Superman Returns didn’t do as well as Warner Brothers hoped domestically, according to Box Office Mojo, as it made only $200 million in box office sales (it cost $270 million). But according to that same site, the film made an extra $191 million dollars overseas in box office sales. Combine the two amounts, that adds up to $391 million dollars.
This is not including the $81 million dollars made from the DVD sales of the film. Add that to the $391 million figure from Box Office Mojo, and you’ll find that the film actually made about $472 million dollars. That doesn’t sound like a complete failure to me.
Warner Brothers should stick to their guns and push forth with what they already have, instead of being like an insecure high school kid following the pack. Superman is not like Batman. One is moody; the other is hopeful. They are opposites with different personalities. Why make them one and the same?
Superman III made a half-assed attempt at turning The Man Of Steel into a sleaze. It could have made an already bad movie better, but it came off as sudden and seemed like a detour in the Richard Pryor “mad genius” main plot. If Warners attempts to darken Superman next time around, it actually has to fit the character and not change the overall makeup of the character.
People seem to forget that the key, or at least one of the keys, to the success of The Dark Knight, was the death of Heath Ledger, who played the Joker in the Christopher Nolan directed film. Films shrouded with an actor’s recent death sometimes get a boost. It certainly worked for Brandon Lee’s own cult masterpiece.
Actor deaths cannot be repeated. Heath Ledger is gone. Warner has to realize that as they twiddle their thumbs for another sequel for The Caped Crusader that they won’t ever get that lucky again. That means they better have — wait for it — a good script to show they don’t need an unfortunate death to boost box office sales.
Richard Donner, who directed the first Reeve Superman movie, always went on about how you had to believe that the actor chosen to play Superman was Superman. This logic (expanded) could also be applied to making franchise films. If you can’t find the right actors and script for any superhero film franchise, you'll end up with crap.
Unfortunately, I fear with Warners' illogical thinking, that the Superman franchise will have two “reboots.”Powered by Sidelines