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Monday, January 18, 2010 

A "gritty" reboot could lead to a reversal of fortune

I'd already read the news about how Sony decided to nix Sam Raimi's proposals for a fourth Spider-Man movie. Not that the last one was great, but if this New York Daily News article is correct, and Sony/Marvel Studios are
officially squashing "Spider-Man 4" in favor of a gritty reboot that demotes Peter Parker back to high school.
Then I've got a bad feeling this is not going to go over well. If it's gritty, chances are that the word grim will apply as well, thus alluding to one of the most leading slangs in recent comicdom used for criticizing darkness run amok.

It's a shame, because it did have a very promising start when the first movie debuted 8 years ago. Now, political correctness is wrecking everything. This may not bode well for the movie franchise, though the momentum may have already been lost, and it's possible that, if a fourth movie is set to come with the different screenplay and performers, it won't win the same enthusiastic response Raimi's movie first got.

Update: this article from Film.Com feels the same way.

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Some of 3's problems were actually Marvel's doing ("do Venom do Venom do Venom"). I heard someone wanted the next Superman movie to be darker, too. Not everyone can be Batman, Hollywood!

Exactly. Christopher Reeves' Superman movies worked because they were innocent, bright, and inspiring, just like Superman himself. Making a "dark" Superman would be like casting Jimmy Stewart to play Jack The Ripper--it just doesn't work.

Marvel Studios may have been affected by some of the same problems that the book publishing company's had for a decade now.

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