Flash-forward to present day, and Marvel has already committed to turning their obscure six-part cosmic storyline about magic space jewelry into two of the biggest films ever produced. Meanwhile, DC and Warner Bros. have signed The Rock to play Black Adam in Shazam, which is a movie about a character you do not care about that doesn't come out for another five years. They've essentially paid The Rock millions of dollars to sign a piece of paper and wait around for the next four years. Not to be outdone, 20th Century Fox has already announced a sequel to their upcoming Fantastic Four reboot, despite the fact that fan reaction to that news has been lukewarm, and the last Fantastic Four movie (2007's Rise of the Silver Surfer) stank worse than The Thing in a public restroom. As was previously mentioned, DC and Warner Bros. have even decided to give us another Green Lantern movie, even though the bed-shitting Ryan Reynolds version is universally considered to be the first sign that big-budget superhero movies do not print money simply by default.
The same face was made by moviegoers worldwide.
And that's the thing -- despite overwhelming audience uncertainty, comic book movies are still perceived as such surefire bets that studios no longer feel the need to ask us what we want. They've gotten into the habit of telling us what we're getting, and then they just assume we'll be lining up to see it because we love comic books so much that the actual characters themselves are incidental. Right now they're riding high like Tony Montana skiing in cocaine hooker rainbows, throwing wadded up balls of $150 million at whatever obscure comic property they can turn into a theater event. Assuming that fairly conservative average of $150 million per film is correct, Hollywood is easily spending a billion dollars a year to make sure that the next six years of our lives are filled to the brim with CGI superhuman spectacle. That's the textbook definition of oversaturation, soaking into the market and weighing it down like a giant sponge on a cardboard base, waiting to collapse at any moment.
Or maybe Robert Downey Jr. will demand that Marvel hand over all its properties as his payment for Avengers Part Three: Part One and make a 10-film "Iron Man Beats the Shit Out of Everyone" cinematic universe.
"Look, either give me your money now, or I'll just hold you upside-down and shake it out."
While we're on the topic, check out 4 Signs DC Comics Has No Clue How to Make a Superhero Movie.