Hello Blog Readers. This is Marcus Jackson, the FOX 10 / CW 55 Resident Movie Guru here.
I remember when I was a kid back in the 1970s and on Saturday mornings myself and my cousins would get up and watch “The Superfriends” on ABC and then later on in the 80s we were watching “Spider-Man”, “The Incredible Hulk”, and “Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends” (Iceman & FireStar) on NBC. There was a live action version of “Spider-Man” and of course “The Incredible Hulk” starring Bill Bixby as “David Banner” and Lou Ferrigno as “The Hulk”. In the 90s & 2000s (turn of the century … WOW) Marvel and DC Comics were making their well known cast of characters from the pages of their comic books and graphic novels come to life either in animated form or live action on television. Now I know this is supposed to be a “Movie” blog. This is where the real fun begins.
Now superheroes have been on the big screen since motion pictures became popular in the early stages of film history. The so-called “serials” used quite a few heroes like Superman, Batman, Captain Marvel (Shazam), and Flash Gordon just to name a few. In 1978, the movie game changed when Richard Donner directed and Ilya & Alexander Salkind produced Superman: The Movie with Christopher Reeve bringing the “Man of Steel” back to life on the big screen. In 1989, Tim Burton got the go ahead to bring another DC Comic superhero to life and Michael Keaton starred as the “Dark Knight” in Batman.
With the success of these two movies and technology becoming more advanced to make movies the world of comic books and superheroes were up for grabs. In a sense, we were now able to bring our childhood fantasies to life on the big screen. I did a report a few years about how superhero movies have just popped up all over ever since then. Just these past few years we have had The X-Men, The Avengers, The Watchmen, and many other DC & marvel Comics characters hit the movie theaters with box office success. And these past couple of years with Marvel’s The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises, The Amazing Spider-Man, Iron Man 3, Man of Steel, The Wolverine, and Thor: The Dark World; Superhero movies have made quite an impact in Hollywood and the movie industry as a whole. The pantheon of the world of superheroes from both comic book universes is continuing to get everyone excited about what coming out next to a theater near you.
The Next Wave of Superhero Movies coming in 2014 …. Check out these trailers for the following courtesy of IMDb
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 ….. http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi1965008921/
Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier …. http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi3370297369/
X-Men: Days of Future Past ….. http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi1525524505/
These are the three main movies from the Marvel Universe and one more anticipated movie from the Marvel Comics campground … Guardians of the Galaxy is getting HUGE buzz. That would make the Big Winner in the upcoming Superhero Battle Royale to be …. DISNEY! That because they are the owners of Marvel Studios which have produced these films; except for the Spider-Man franchise which is still produced by SONY Pictures.
And as for the DC Universe, We will check in on them in 2015 with the anticipated “Batman vs. Superman” sequel to Man of Steel. And with the announcement that Wonder Woman will be in the film; could “Justice League” be in the works and get Warner Brothers studios back in the game?
WE SHALL SEE TRUE BELIVERS …. EXCELSIOR ….. Thank You Stan Lee