7 Predictions for the Future of the Comic Book Movie

The superhero movie has become a staple of our summer blockbuster viewing and has brought characters only seen by those...

Andrew Stewart

Contributor

The superhero movie has become a staple of our summer blockbuster viewing and has brought characters only seen by those with a love for comics or kids Saturday morning cartoons to a much, much wider audience. It has also increased the critical appeal of many of the characters and their defining stories. This summer has seen the two biggest superhero releases so far which will be a task to match but, as the money rolls in, the extended plans for the genre are plotted further and further into the future.

But what comes next for the whole superhero cinema circus? Let’s take an educated guess, shall we?

7. Academy Recognition?

For a long time superhero films were present in the sound and visual effects sections of the Academy Awards but with The Dark Knight the possibility arose to achieve so much more.

However, The Dark Knight and Heath Ledger’s Joker have been unparalleled and other great examples of the genre, for example, X2, have been totally ignored. There’s been some great characters since TDK acting-wise (e.g. Tom Hiddleston’s Loki) but how likely is it that superhero movies will take things to the level where Best Actor, Best Director or Best Picture becomes attainable?

There has been buzz around ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ and how it could mimic ‘The Lord of the Rings’ franchise and bag Best Picture for its being the third outing and ending to what was a defining trilogy and ‘The Avengers’ is bound to pick up nominations yet it’s doubtful that they’ll be for any of the big 3.

Which other characters in the superhero world could merit a Best Actor nod other than Batman and the Joker? The pictures that win these awards can often be a pretty sombre and serious affair and that can be a  little difficult to pull off when your lead is wearing y-fronts on the outside of tights. Not impossible, but very, very difficult.

To be honest it’s hard to see any of the superhero films coming out any time soon bagging any of ‘the big three’ awards but with that said ‘Man of Steel’ seems to be attempting to go for an angle where it has a strong message about morality (great trailer) so who knows . . .

1979

Superman

Won the Special Achievement Award

Nominated for Best Film Editing

Nominated for Best Music, Original Score

Nominated for Best Sound

1990

Batman

Won for Best Art Direction-Set Direction

1993

Batman Returns

Nominated for Best Makeup

Nominated for Best Effects, Visual Effects

1996

Batman Forever

Nominated for Best Cinematography

Nominated for Best Effects, Sound Effects Editing

Nominated for Best Sound

2002

Spider-man

Nominated for Best Sound

Nominated for Best Visual Effects

2005

Spider-man 2

Won for Best Achievement in Visual Effects

Nominated for Best Achievement in Sound Editing

Nominated for Best Achievement in Sound Mixing

2006

Batman Begins

Nominated for Best Achievemnet in Cinematography

2007

Superman Returns

Nominated for Best Achievement in Visual Effects.

2009

The Dark Knight

Won for Best Achievement in Sound Editing

Won for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

Nominated for Best Achievement in Art Direction

Nominated for Best Achievement in Cinematography

Nominated for Best Achievement in Film Editing

Nominated for Best Achievement in Makeup

Nominated for Best Achievement in Sound Mixing

Nominated for Best Achievement in Visual Effects

Iron Man

Nominated for Best achievement in sound editing

Nominated for Best Achievement in Visual effects

Hellboy II: The Golden Army

Nominated for Best Achievement in Makeup

2011

Iron Man 2

Nominated for Best achievement in visual effects