Superhero Fatigue or Second Wind?
Without a doubt it is a good time to be a superhero geek. Superhero comics are increasingly reaching out to broader demographics and trying to engage fans from all walks of life. Comic Cons are basically mainstream media events with high profile guests and impressive production values. Superhero films are smashing box-office records left and right, not to mention being churned out at a pace of three or four a year (or more), with no sign of stopping. Superhero television shows are springing up on channel after channel and catering for different demographics and audiences. And in the face of this we say, ‘Well it can’t keep going at this pace… It will have to end sometime… The public will get bored with the constant stream of superheroes…’ and on and on and on. In a number of regards that is undoubtedly true, Hollywood has always had something of a cyclical nature to its production schedule. The era of the Western, the era of the Musical, the era of the Noir and so on. Each genre has its day to shine and dominate the box office, spawn televisual progeny, and then the market reaches saturation and the public moves on to the next craze. Thus it was, thus it always will be, so speaketh the voice of experience.