When Universal announced that they were launching the Dark Universe, eyes rolled across the collective consciousness of the internet. That being said, there was a possibility of doing something cool with the idea. Having heroes like Dr. Jeckyl, Van Helsing, and others come together to battle Dracula, Frankenstein, and the Wolf Man could have had merit.
That was before the disastrous decision to launch the universe with The Mummy. The problems were two-fold: first, The Mummy just wound up not being very good, and was a sour start for a shared universe experiment.
The second, of course, is the looming shadow of the The Mummy. No, not the classic Boris Karloff film. Specifically, the 1999 remake staring Brendan Fraser. Of the Universal films, it was the most recent to have a beloved remake, and, therefore, was absolutely the worst choice to lead the effort.
It seems releasing the 2017 update released a collective wave of nostalgia for the film, which, if well-remembered before it, became straight up beloved in the wake of its failure.
But what was it about the film that fills everyone with such fond memories? Let's look at the reasons why this big dumb Summer tentpole is a modern-day adventure classic.