superhero saturation

March 6, 2017

I think we’re about to hit peak superhero. There’s been another recent expansion of the genre, and how successful it is will determine how sustainable the whole genre is.

Logan.  I haven’t seen in yet. I wasn’t planning on seeing it, because the trailers seemed self-indulgent and cliche. I’ve been tired for awhile now of Wolverine being the focus of the X-Men franchise — he was never my favorite. And there’s my cloying moppet rule. Wolverine + cloying moppet?  Ugh.  But the reviews and reactions to it have been phenomenally good, and now I’m curious. And another rated R superhero movie, so I guess that’s a thing now. Don’t know when I’m going to get to this, but when I do you’ll hear about it.

Powerless. Another one I haven’t seen yet. (See, this is how I know we’re saturated, I just can’t keep up with everything.) I’m curious, though, because it’s a different model — within the DC franchise, but adjacent to it, not involving any of the tent pole characters. A little like Agents of SHIELD, maybe. Oh, and a comedy. Trying something new, successful or not, so good job there.

Legion. Basically the reason I’m writing this whole post because I saw the first episode last night and it pretty much blew me away. What joy, that this genre can still blow me away! It’s X-Men, apparently, but a corner of that world I know nothing about, and it turns out I really like not knowing who these people are or what comes next. I’m resisting googling it all.  The story didn’t even look like a superhero story until the word “mutant” is mentioned, and it’s mentioned so casually that the flow of the narrative isn’t jostled at all. I think it does for the superhero genre what Mr. Robot does for cyberpunk, which is apply post-modern storytelling conventions to a genre story. It’s delightful.  I hope it can maintain this feel.

So, I know what I’ll be watching this week.

 

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3 Responses to “superhero saturation”

  1. Tim Schmidt Says:

    I’ve seen Logan and while it was very good (IMHO) it was also very sad; like a cowboy movie set in a time after their era had ended.

    I’ve also watched Powerless. It is a very tongue in cheek show that I plan to watch regularly.

    I haven’t seen Legion but I’ll add it to my list.

    Tim

  2. Carbonman Says:

    We saw Logan; I enjoyed it a lot but my wife didn’t find herself as involved in the characters or story because she’s not familiar with the X-Men comics or movies. No desire to watch Powerless. I think you’re right regarding ‘superhero saturation’.
    Legion has my attention because it’s not X-Men per se, plus it doesn’t feed you all the answers as you watch.

  3. Rich Wilson Says:

    I saw Logan, but I wasn’t all that impressed with it. I will have to find a way to see Legion, however. Not really interested in powerless, though.


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