Do you notice the overwhelming amount of super hero movies blowing up the box office over the past few years? Spider Man had three movies, there have been countless Batman movies that last of course was the Dark Knight. The new Superman movie, Fantastic 4, The X-Men, now The Watchmen and I am sure that I have missed quite a few and that there are many more to come as long as they are making money.
I have nothing against comics and nothing against super hero movies, I myself have actually seen the majority of these and I even went with friends to see The Watchmen this weekend. I just can't help but notice how many of them have been flying off the shelf here lately and how many more are advertised to come. The Dark Knight of course is the second highest grossing movie of all time and it seems that each of these super hero movies breaks the opening weekend record for ticket sales. Even in this economy where there are so many people that apparently should not have the money to spend, these films are still commanding record numbers in ticket sales all across the nation.
Well, I understand exactly why producers continue to create these films, they will continue to do so as long as they are making money off them. But why are they making such a huge profit off of the countless numbers of hero movies? Why are people so drawn to this phenomenon, and why are they so willing to make each one a larger success than the last? Is it because in this world, we no longer have true heroes? Or is it that our view of heroes is so obscured, that we are desperately trying to find anything to believe in, even if we know it's just a fantasy?
We have always placed professional athletes and movie stars or musicians on a pedestal, and the world has always looked up to them. Especially the youth of the world that dreamed they would one day be like these "role models" when they grew up. Who hasn't sang their favorite song at the top of their lungs pretending that they were live in concert with thousands of adoring fans? Hell sometimes I still do, because we all have to dream. But what happens when the dream is faced with the harsh reality of the world around us and we start to see our heroes exposed for the flawed humans they really are?
We have football players that go to prison for dog fighting, movie stars overdosing on drugs, musicians have always done the same and then write songs about rehab. Steroid allegations and admissions flying left and right throughout the world of sports and the children are watching the entire time. Singers in court for beating their girlfriends or wives and the list could go on forever. So what are the chances that this world with all it's bad news and misguided views of what a hero really is, has created a perfect storm for the producers who give us two hours worth of all the heroes we can handle for the bargain basement price of $12 a ticket and a $400 bag of popcorn.
There is no doubt about it in my mind, this world is starved for a hero. With all the problems of the world today and all of the troubles the average person faces, the world wants the ability to forget their issues and find something to believe in. I don't think that people believe that Batman will jump from the screen and solve all the world's wrongs, but for a few hours they would certainly like to pretend. We all have to hope and dream and sometimes pretending is a large part of this whole process. But, this is just my take on things and I have been wrong before.
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