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For every Xmen there is a Wolverine Origins, for every Batman Dark Knight there is a Fantastic Four, for every Iron Man there is a Superman Returns.....for every Hulk there's erm another Hulk.....ok so you get the idea.

But when is rebooting a franchise just too soon and totally unecessary? How many times can we put up with seeing a much loved Comic Book character played by a different actor or interpreted differently?

Was Superman Returns so bad that the prospect of any future films with Brandon Routh and Kevin Spacey was axed quicker than the 'NWA F*ck the Police - Raoul Moat megagmix.'

Take the fairly recent Spiderman triology, Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst and Sam Raimi delivered a fairly decent take on the web slinger's antics. Ok so Spiderman 3 was a bloated mess of a film but what went before was pretty decent. So why then are we going to be forced to suffer yet another reboot of a franchise that has barely let the dust settle on it?

I really don't think that the spiderman franchise needs rebooting. seems very silly to me and an insult to the audiences who already paid once to see that story.

You're being a bit harsh on superman returns I think - it had its moments. A pity they couldn't find a better lois lane.

July 28, 2010 | Registered CommenterDenis-Jose Francois

Is there really a 'NWA F*ck the Police - Raoul Moat megagmix'?

I do kinda get the reboot idea even if from a consumer perspective it seems a little tastless - taking the Spider Man issue, even though none of the cast want to return, the franchise is still a huge cash cow for Marvel etc so I can see why they'd want to kickstart the movies again, although as I said, it seems weird seeing as the latest actors are still fairly fresh in our minds.

The Superman Returns thing though - ok, the movie may not have been as well received as they had hoped, but surely it couldn't have been such a far-fetched thought for them to try and make a better follow-up to it. (Having said that, I really wasn't too much of a fan of the recent Superman movie at all.)

July 28, 2010 | Registered CommenterI M S

Well Hulk was rebooted super fast and will again get rebooted soon.

I think the first swathe of Batman films started this whole cash cow franchise reboot thing off, with only Michael Keaton lasting two movies! But I sort of felt that even though they changed the actor each time after that - the Batman movies all had the same look feel and Gotham rather than what Nolan did.

Also the Punisher and Judge Dredd have been handled badly so i can appreciate why they would need a successful franchise but not Spiderman. If we're not careful we'll lose the third Nolan Batman instalment and we'll be rebooting that again soon!

I like what they are doing with Iron Man, Thor, Captain America et al - i.e. creating cross overs and establishing a universe of characters. This is what is needed, as even if a film is crap - it becomes more like an episode or a bad comic whilst you know the characters, actors and setting are strong enough to withstand one fuck up - and they can soon get a better writer to refocus the storyline/s.

August 11, 2010 | Registered CommenterDan Collacott