Of the 53 Marvel and DC superhero movies that have been released since 1998, only 7 have been box office bombs, and every Marvel and DC movie released last year was a financial success in one way or another – yet it seems as though there are numerous outlets trying to predict the end of the so-called “superhero movie fad”. Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins is having none of that, and she explains why she thinks these movies continue to do so well apart from a few outliers.
At Anaheim, California’s WonderCon, Jenkins claimed that the continued success of superhero movies lie within their complex mythologies.
That’s the great thing about the diversity of superheroes, and one of the reasons why when people say ‘Is the superhero thing gonna die?’ or whatever, I always think it’s so much bigger than that. It’s not about superheroes. It’s about the method of universal storytelling that all people have that is not of one religion, one thing, that America ended up inventing as a way to tell these metaphors about all different kinds of states of being. So to me, they’re the same as the Greek myth, they’re the same as the Roman myth, or religious figures of every religion. These are our common characters that we use to express stories about being a better person, or what you would do if you were faced with various things. So for me, that’s an incredibly powerful thing. There’s a million movies to be told with [these] common characters.
It’s rather appropriate that the Wonder Woman director brings up mythology, given that Wonder Woman’s own role is incredibly intertwined with Greek and Roman mythology. But beyond that, it does seem as though superheroes represent something greater than men and women in tights, and this kind of escapist media is accessible enough to multiple audiences (who evidently aren’t getting tired of these films in spite of increasing competition). The other thing worth keeping in mind is that superhero movies are able to transcend genre – a character-driven drama like Logan can come from the same cut of cloth as an action-packed action flick like The Wolverine. This kind of flexibility is what has allowed films of this kind to continue to be as successful as they’ve been, and it doesn’t look like we’ll be slowing down anytime soon.
Wonder Woman rides into battle on June 2, 2017. Its cast includes Gal Gadot as Diana Prince (Wonder Woman), Chris Pines as Steve Trevor, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, Robin Wright as General Antiope, Lucy Davis as Etta Candy, David Thewlis as Ares, Elena Anaya as Doctor Poison, and Danny Huston as General Erich Ludendorff.
Source: Cinema Blend