The New York Times thinks that super-heroes are money. In this combination look at 2008 mixed with a bit of ’09 forecast, the Times indicates that the super-folks helped save the year for the studios. Among their points to consider are: a) what will the next DC picture be, and b) Fox may need Wolverine’s help to rebound after lacking a single summer hit in 2008. Paramount, between their Marvel catalog and other properties (G.I. Joe, Transformers) looks to be in solid shape.
A couple of thoughts on a and b there . . .
Warner really needs to get on the ball with their next DC film. Granted, Watchmen sort of fills that quota, but that’s turning out to be a less than beautiful situation at the moment. NYT thinks it’s Green Lantern, and from the sound of progress, it could be. Still, that kind of film wouldn’t be ready for a long while, and Paramount is pushing them out the door on the regular. Warner/DC holds some ground with their animated DVDs (Wonder Woman drops in March), but Marvel/Lionsgate aren’t slowing down there either (the Hulk VS. flix hit this month).
As for Wolverine . . . well, it’ll probably draw. But will it be enough to pick Fox up in a meaningful way?
How about you, readers? What’s Warner doing wrong (or right) in terms of the DC landscape? On the flipside, once Marvel cranks out all the main characters, where do Marvel movies go? What if, on the way to Avengers, one of the interim films tanks? What’s the effect? I’d like your thoughts, people.