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The Cure For Fatigue


  • The Cure For Fatigue

    Click image for larger version  Name:	james cameron.jpg Views:	1 Size:	17.8 KB ID:	432?Blame James Cameron for this one.

    Recently, the director of Aliens and Titanic Terminator reboot and four new Avatar Avengers franchise. The man who helped make Arnold Schwarzenegger a megastar and who once almost made a Spider-Man

    actualTodd McFarlaneSpawn Vin Diesel to kick off a Valiant Comics Universe with BloodshotThe American Way, which was recently optioned by New Line Cinema. On television, Marvel has shows on ABC, Netflix, Hulu, and Freeform, DC has Gotham The Incredibles

    Then again, Infinity War just charted the biggest opening weekend of all time, the second-biggest second weekend of all time, was the fastest movie in history to make a billion dollars worldwide, and it

    Clearly, something about superheroes appeals to people.

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    ArchieGreen Lantern and the Legion of Super-Heroes. Batman and the new Christopher Reeve Superman. And they were great, but where were the rest of them? Where was Green Lantern? Where was the Flash? Where was Wonder Woman? (Somehow the Lynda Carter

    I was 12 when the first Tim Burton Batman movie came out in 1989, and it was a game-changer. There was not only a new superhero movie, but it was way more like the character I was reading in the comics than was the (let's be honest here) cheesy TV show! This was it! We were moving in the right direction! The superhero renaissance was upon us! Who would be the next DC hero to grace us on the silver screen?

    As it turned out, it would be Steel. Because other than the Batman sequels (which steadily decreased in quality) that was the only other DC movie we got in the next decade. We also got the first subpar adaptation of Spawn, and from Marvel? A Captain America with rubber ears and a Fantastic Four that never even made it to video. The dreams of my youth and the promise of Burton had gone unfulfilled.

    Click image for larger version  Name:	blade movie.jpg Views:	1 Size:	74.2 KB ID:	434?Then, in 1998, the game changed again with the first Bladegood movie based on a Marvel comic! What were the odds? A lot of people forget this, but Blade was the film that got the ball rolling. It was followed by other hits: X-Men, Spider-Man. It was followed by clunkers: Daredevil, Catwoman. But most importantly, it was followed.

    If I could go back to 1989 and talk to my 12-year-old self, I would say to be patient, and to bet on the Saints winning the Super Bowl in 2010. Batman might not have been the spark that lit the fuse, but that fuse would be lit

    Why do I love superhero movies? Because I spent the first half of my life wishing they existedmaybe Bone Tomahawk or a True Grit to remind us that the genre still has juice in it. In the 80s, horror movies were dominated by the slasher. Today, while the thrust of the genre seems to be ghosts and demonic possession, there are still Victor Crowleys out there to give us a stabbing thrill. And as for the popular stuff... if someone doesn't want to see the flavor of the month, there are ten other screens in the multiplex to choose from. People buy tickets for the currently popular trend because they want to.


    And that, for me, is enough.
    Blake M. Petit, who has a great idea for a Bionic Six reboot if anybody is listening, has been pontificating about pop culture online for over a decade. You can follow him at and, if you're feeling generous, check out his books on Amazon.

    • Blake M. Petit
      Blake M. Petit commented
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      Ah, Mystery Men. I'm looking forward to getting to that one during the rewatch.

    • Craig Reade
      Craig Reade commented
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      I'm kind of tired of Oscar-bait movies myself. You know, all those formulaic movies developed specifically to earn award nominations. They all seem the same. Superheroes are way more fun.

    • Blake M. Petit
      Blake M. Petit commented
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      Yeah, at least those don't pretenfd to be something they aren't.

      I haven't seen it yet, but I was dumbfounded when The Shape of Water took home Best Picture.
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