QUICK CUTS: WHAT’S MORE LIKELY?
With Michael Arruda, L.L. Soares, Nick Cato, Daniel Keohane, Paul McMahon, and Jenny Orosel
MICHAEL ARRUDA: Welcome to another edition of QUICK CUTS. Tonight we’ll be playing a little game.
IRON MAN 3 opened in theaters last Friday, May 3rd. The Marvel superhero movies have enjoyed a nice run going back to X-MEN (2000) and Sam Raimi’s first Spider-Man movie, SPIDER-MAN (2002). Here we are in 2013 and they’re still going strong.
So, tonight we’re going to play a little game called “What’s More Likely?”
Our panel of Cinema Knife Fighters includes, in addition to L.L. Soares and myself, Nick Cato, Daniel Keohane, Paul McMahon, and Jenny Orosel. Thank you all for coming.
So, tonight’s game, “What’s More Likely?” works like this. Looking ahead to the next ten years and answer the following questions.
First question: What’s more likely? That there will be more Marvel movies in the next ten years, or more zombie movies?
NICK CATO: I think there will always be both, but superhero films seem to be more lucrative.
ARRUDA: So, more Marvel movies then?
JENNY OROSEL: Seeing as they’re now owned by Disney, we’re going to see more Marvel movies than ever. I fully expect they’ll do two direct-to-video sequels or prequels for every one they have in the theater.
ARRUDA: I hope not. There’s nothing like a direct-to-video release to kill off a movie series. Ugh!
Turning to the zombie genre for a moment, hopefully, oversaturation will result in a dwindling of zombie movies.
Marvel, however, has a nice variety of characters they can draw from (including many who have never been in a movie before), and should go strong for many years.
ARRUDA: I agree.
PAUL MCMAHON: With the success of THE AVENGERS (2012), there will definitely be more Marvel movies. I won’t be sure about zombie movies until we see how much money WORLD WAR Z (2013) makes. With all the buzz about production problems, it could either bring about a reanimation of the zombie sub-genre or put a bullet through its head.
SOARES: I’m sick of zombies. I wouldn’t mind putting a bullet through the head of the genre.
DANIEL KEOHANE: I’m going with Marvel movies, without a doubt.
Zombie movies are popular right now, but the superhero movies have a much wider reach and end up making more money, overall. And there are so many characters and teams to choose from, whereas zombies pretty much lumber along the same way each time.
ARRUDA: I’m going with Marvel movies as well.
Okay, on to our second question:
What’s more likely? That we’ll still be seeing Marvel movies in ten years, or that we’ll still be seeing movies based on books by Stephenie Meyer?
Dan, why don’t you start us off this time?
KEOHANE: Marvel movies.
(The panel cheers.)
KEOHANE: Thank you, thank you.
SOARES: We’re not cheering you. We’re cheering your pick.
KEOHANE: Don’t ruin my moment.
Where was I? Marvel movies. Because as good a writer for her age group as Stephenie Meyer is, she can only crank out so much content. Marvel not only has a slew of new comics coming out every month, they have half a century of classic stories already in the can ready to become movie-ized. Even the Avengers movie was loosely based on one of the first Avengers comics (I think). Not to mention DC’s Superman movies. They’ll keep making the same origin story over and over ad infinitum.
SOARES: What are you bringing up DC comics for? This question is about Marvel movies! Pay attention, Dan!
ARRUDA: But he makes a good point. Not only does Marvel have more stories to choose from, but they can remake their own origin stories. Heck, they just did it with their latest SPIDER-MAN movie.
Let’s move on. I don’t want to give Meyer any ideas. The last thing I want is a TWILIGHT remake!
SOARES: I predict that Stephenie Meyer will find a way to continue the Twilight series.
SOARES: You just don’t put a cash cow like that out to pasture.
However, the future for Meyer-related projects is iffy – especially if something new grabs the public’s interest. Meanwhile, I think Marvel movies will be going strong in 10 years.
CATO: Ten years from now? Hopefully Meyer will be retired by then.
ARRUDA: I’m with you. I hope she’s retired. I’ll be happy if I never have to see another movie based on a Stephenie Meyer book ever again.
KEOHANE: I think Meyer is a very talented writer, and you’re not giving her enough credit.
ARRUDA: Maybe so, but the TWILIGHT movies were awful, and they killed any interest I might have had in seeing THE HOST (2013).
SOARES: I think you secretly like the TWILIGHT movies. You talk about them so much.
ARRUDA: Yeah, right!
MCMAHON: Marvel movies, no question. They have new ideas and maybe some new-to-the-screen heroes as well.
And sorry, Michael, but it’s entirely possible, though, that in ten years they’ll be remaking the TWILIGHT movies. We can hope not.
ARRUDA: That’s a horrible thought, though I agree with you. In fact, I’ll go so far as to say that it’s bound to happen. If film history has taught us anything, it’s that remakes are always with us.
What about you, Jenny? In ten years, Marvel movies or Stephenie Meyer movies?
OROSEL: Ooh, that’s a tough one, since I fully expect Disney to eventually buy Stephenie Meyer, and turn Bella into a Disney Princess.
ARRUDA: This panel is getting more painful by the minute.
OROSEL: I call it a tie.
ARRUDA: Okay, it’s time for the third and final question of the night.
What’s more likely? Robert Downey Jr. plays Tony Stark/Iron Man again, or Christian Bale plays Batman again?
MCMAHON: Downey is already going to play Tony Stark in THE AVENGERS 2. There will probably be an IRON MAN 4. I can’t see him ditching that cash cow while the iron is hot. Ahem.
(Someone in the audience groans.)
MCMAHON: I don’t think Christopher Nolan intends to do another Batman movie, and I can’t see Christian Bale playing that character under another director
ARRUDA: Good point. And I agree with you.
I say Robert Downey Jr. plays Iron Man again. Between THE AVENGERS movies and the IRON MAN series, you’d think that he’d at least be back one more time as Iron Man if not more.
From what I’ve read, Bale is done as Batman. You never know about these things, but I don’t expect him to play Batman again.
OROSEL: It’s going to be hard for Bale to keep it going as Batman as he ages, while even if Downey looks ragged and worn, it fits the Stark character. Unless he ends up in rehab again. Then all bets are off.
KEOHANE: Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man without a doubt. This is just a guess–.
SOARES: Really, Dan, it’s a guess? You mean you don’t know?
KEOHANE: Sorry. I left my crystal ball at home.
So, this is just a guess, but Downey seems to be enjoying himself immensely up there on the screen, whereas Christian Bale puts so much angst into his characters, his doctors will probably have him committed if he even thinks about doing another one of those.
CATO: It may be too early to tell, but hopefully Downey will continue to play Stark…he’s perfect in the role, whereas we have yet to find a Batman everyone seems to agree on.
SOARES: That’s for sure. It’s all about the mask anyway. Anyone can play Batman.
Both Downey and Bale probably want to focus on more artistic movies. That said, I think Batman is replaceable, as we’ve seen several people play him over the years, while Downey remains the definitive Tony Stark. I think it’s more likely Downey will be convinced to play Stark again.
ARRUDA: Okay, there you have it. It seems the general consensus is that Marvel movies will be around for a while.
That’s all the time we have for tonight. Thanks for joining us everybody, and we’ll see you next time on QUICK CUTS.
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