Reviews for these kinds of buddy-monster films were remarkably cynical about their potential down the line, with one New York Times writer even calling the monster mashup "like a baseball team with nine Babe Ruths, only this grisly congress doesn't hit hard; it merely has speed and a change of pace. As such, then, it is bound to garner as many chuckles as it does chills." We, for one, look forward to Warner Bros' upcoming Ruth v. Ruth: Dawn Of Justice.
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But could a story about a drinking, womanizing superhero ever work?
But what about the post-credit scenes? They had their own, too! Here's a teaser for The Invisible Man in a post-credits scene following Abbott And Costello Meet Frankenstein:
Step Two: Keep Using The Same Actors, Whether They Like It Or Not
Franchises breed familiarity, which in turn needs familiar faces. That's why Marvel locks down all its key actors in impossibly strict (and lucrative) contracts. That way, they can make sure Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. are going to be making Marvel movies until they're old and gray. Hell, they'll probably strap Downey into an actual mechanical suit before they let him retire. That's what happened to the old monster actors like Lon Chaney Jr. and Bela Lugosi, who almost got worked to death.
When he made his magnificent monster debut as the titular bloodsucker in the 1931 Dracula, Lugosi became Universal's go-to guy for many ghoulish roles -- only he didn't know it at the time. Coming back from a shoot in Hawaii, he found out that his agent had signed him up for a long-term contract with Universal. He was also "surprised" to learn that was also starring that same year in the next Frankenstein movie, which was being billed as "a medical melodrama" -- like how The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was billed as an expose on interior decorating. He begged to be let out of the role, claiming he couldn't give the Frankenstein's Monster character the strength and power necessary. Imagine Chris Evans begging to not be Captain America because he didn't feel strong enough. You can't imagine that, because Chris Evans is absolutely yoked.