It really does. It really, really does. Seems like every film company is trying to find a way to make their own cinematic universe crap, and it is producing some of the stupidest films ever made. People don’t realize that Marvel really found lightning in a bottle with their cinematic universe. And part of that was having a fan of the comics who stood his ground on making the films true to the source material that he was adapting. This concept could have been done so much worse. There are stories about how Disney and the current head of the MCU have clashed on ideas which shows that if Disney had had their way, it would have been a lot worse.
However, it seems like every film company under the sun wants to have their version of the cinematic universe, and without a single exception they all suck. Don’t come at me that Wonder Woman is awesome. I’m sure it is. Haven’t seen it. Will Netflix it, someday. But the DCEU is dead on arrival right now, and unless they have some good films to build on the ground they have FINALLY laid down, then it will still die. Not unlike how the Ghostbusters remake’s attempt to make a universe are dead. Or how Universal’s pathetic attempt to form the “Dark Universe” died right out of the gate. Not to mention the Star Wars new extended universe. And on that note…
Rogue One sucked! I finally watched it, and I am going to do a review of it, but here’s my Cliff Notes – it sucked. I don’t get why people are saying how great it was. The film was boring. So unbelievably boring. Every single character in the film is boring. Listening to Darth Vader make a stupid pun hurt me inside. The plot was bad. The CG faces for characters was bad. Nothing about it was good. How so many people could sing its praises is beyond me. I genuinely believe it is just sad fanboys/girls who so desperately want Star Wars stuff in their lives that they will say that anything is good. Just like how they sing about how great Episode VII was, when I couldn’t escape the fact that it is virtually a shot-for-shot remake of the original, except with a chick who can’t act and Emo Vader with his retarded-ass lightsaber. Now they are making more films that no one asked for. How about they release Star Wars: 1313?! There’s something I actually wanted to see.
My point in all of this is simple – these cinematic universes need to go. Marvel is already planning to bring theirs down a few pegs once the Infinity War films are done. I saw that James Cameron wants to make a cinematic universe for that Avatar films. Every company under the sun wants to try their hand at exploiting nostalgia by remaking old films in a way where it sets up for a cinematic universe. These films are almost-exclusively terrible, and they are wasting money that could be put to better use in better films.
After all, we didn’t want a DCEU. We wanted good DC films! I don’t want a Dark Universe. Nobody wanted that. At all. Not one person asked for that, and no one is going to miss it now that it is pretty much dead. Nobody is asking for an Avatar universe. The SJWs died on the hill that was the Ghostbusters remake. I am honestly getting bored of the endless sequels. Remakes might FINALLY be seeing a downturn now that they have become more and more box office poison. Reboots too. If only video games could learn a thing or two from this and be done with the endless sequels and give us some new IPs too. There’s a thought.
Just think of all the talent being snubbed because Hollywood wants to cash in on some other form of nostalgia. Think of the better films that could have been made if Hollywood had, instead of trying to make another stupid cinematic universe that will NEVER get the traction Marvel did, put their money into some of the smaller projects sitting on their desks? What unseen vision is out there that will never see the light of day because the corporate dumbfucks who make movies are too busy making cash grabs?
What’s more, part of me is worried that now Hollywood has decided to just abandon the domestic market with films and instead make movies now intended just for foreign audiences. Red Letter Media made a good point when they talked about the new Mummy film when they said the level of exposition seems like it wasn’t being made for American audiences. It’s being made for foreign ones. One of the biggest defenses people have for crappy movies is that they are able to recoup their money overseas. That may be true. In which case, will Hollywood just make safe movies for the US that they know will dominate overseas? Stop caring about the local audiences for easy cash? If that’s the case, why should I even go to the movies anymore? I see trailers these days and I honestly don’t care.
As I said, Marvel caught lightning in a bottle. That isn’t something just anyone can do, and instead of learning that lesson, Hollywood is content to just churn out more of this bait to lure people back in. And it needs to stop. The thing that really blows my mind is why Universal actually believed there was a cinematic universe potential in old monster movies? That seems both short-sighted and desperate. Is this a sign of how the film industry is doing overall? Depressing.
Until next time, a quote,
“Hollywood has become hopelessly chained to the bottom line.” – Bruce Campbell