Live Poll: How Do You Feel About Superhero Movies?

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We live in a time where a superhero movie makes enough money to cover the deficit of half the African continent before you could finish your bowl of Frosties.

We live in a time where questioning why there are so many superhero movies released is admitting a total ignorance of the laws of supply and demand.

We live in a time where criticizing superhero movies makes anyone sound like a sourpuss, after all, we should be happy that fans are happy, actors are happy, journalists are happy and producers (God bless them!) so happy to see everyone happy!

Still, since you know yourself better than anyone, let's just ask a simple question, here's a list of facial expressions, which one comes the closest to the face you make whenever we talk about superhero movies?

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https://www.imdb.com/poll/85m7mPY8UMs/
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I'm reluctant to generalize. It's worth noting that adaptations of stories and characters, much of which is old material, in the publication circuits of Marvel Comics and DC presently dominate the aspect of cinema dealing with tales of super-powered individuals; or gadget-using, costumed, anonymized vigilantes. I don't think ignorance of the laws of supply and demand really factors into this, so much as a ignorance of which material is likely or unlikely to be in demand. Some people genuinely wonder why movies of certain categories are as popular as they appear to be.
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Yep, I think it all comes down to their market value, superhero movies have conquered the lion-share of the blockbuster market and it's getting more and more fans around the world, and if it's not a growth in volume, it's a growth in value since the ticket prices keep on increasing... it doesn't take a marketing degree to see why they are "star" products.
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I don't follow the box office statistics, so I'm unaware of the market values and the associated trends. I'm not involved in the creation, marketing or distribution processes, so I'm definitely not earning any money off the cinema sector. I minimize my loses, if there is such a concept in this context, by rarely buying movie tickets and rarely renting. Regardless, I wouldn't be any closer to better understanding the motivations of audiences to spend time, let alone money on one or two specific brands of entertainment.
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Wonderful idea, lol!  I say 2 or 7.
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Hahahaha, I love this poll, ElMo! And not just because it's funny and discusses one of the most topical phenomena around. It's also got that classic "ElMo-esque" quality that's part creativity, part wit, and part je ne sais quoi. : )


May I suggest just a few small edits to the intro? ('below in bold)

We live in a time when...

... a sourpuss; after all, we should be happy that fans are happy, actors are happy, journalists are happy and producers (God bless them!)so happy to see everyone happy!

Still, since you know yourself better than anyone, let's just ask a simple question:  here's a list of facial expressions, which one comes the closest to the face you make whenever we talk about superhero movies?


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Only 3 typos? I did better than expected... I like the "je ne sais quoi" bit, I do my best, you know.... "comme ci, comme ça"...
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Yes, your polls definitely have that inimitable "je ne said quo" quality. 

I still can't figure out which face reflects how I feel. I might have to ask a friend what I look like when my favorite local theater gets a superhero movie, lol. 
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10 years ago my facial expression was 1, especially because it was just starting to shine with great movies like The Dark Knight, Iron Man or Watchmen but now with the obvious growth of this genre, every year theaters are flooded with these movies and that most of them become repetitive my facial expression is option 2
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Does #2 mean Boredom/Indifference or Arousal? It looks more like the first, but in the movie scene it's the second.
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Oh, I chose it thinking of boredom, I have not seen the movie
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Yes, I see it as saying, "I'm zoning out now because I don't care."  :)
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Well, I like to leave it up to the voter's interpretation, I don't think both are incompatible, sometimes, a "big thing" can just get over your head and you don't exactly know if it's mute fascination or genuine indifference. Feelings are complex, you know...
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Interesting poll with interesting options. I've got to admit: despite being a fan of the genre, my emotions on entries vary to a point that I can have all of those faces for one franchise, or at times even one movie. :) 
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Yes; while watching Justice League I made jokes some of the time, but other times I was really into the story and enjoying the action.
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Although I'm a comic book fan I have to admit I'm getting a fatigue of superheroes and I think the same stories are being told over and over again. I really enjoyed Shazam for its combination of humour and surprising dark elements. I also liked Avengers Endgame but honestly that might be the last I see from the genre for a while, especially Marvel (with the exception of Guardians 3 which is more sci-fi). 
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James The Movie Guy I am a fan of comic books and superhero genre (not necessarily combined, as both can be more then that), but fatigue is there. It mostly concerns movies which became the most huge mainstream hits. 
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I am a fan of comic books and many of their characters, but I have mixed feelings about superhero adaptations. They tend to oversimplify characters and situations, miss some important shades of grey in the source material, and are all too happy to kill long-running characters.

Concerning some characters who have received film adaptations:
*Origin stories for the Hulk/Bruce Banner trace his mental disorders a lot before the Gamma bomb who granted him superpowers. He had actively suppressed his emotions since childhood, and was dealing with the trauma of having seen his own father murder his mother as a kid. The various Hulk personas supposedly reflect many of Bruce's suppressed emotions, not only his anger. Most of the film adaptations do not address this aspect of the character.
*Origin stories for Green Goblin/Norman Osborn trace his mental disorders to a childhood traumatic experience, when his angry father locked him inside an abandoned house in an attempt to have the boy overcome his phobias. The mental image of a goblin was his only companion during the long night, and it eventually manifested as a secondary personality for Norman. Norman has shifted variously between villain and anti-hero roles in the comics, but he genuinely struggled with his inner demons. An aspect missing from his film adaptation.
*Jean Grey's origin story in the comics is that her telepathy first manifested itself when it connected her to the mind of a close friend who was dying after a traffic accident. A second-hand experience of dying which left her catatonic for a long time. And that Professor X had "helped" her by suppressing her powers throughout most of her early life. Many of the darker aspects of the character and her relationship with her mentor are missing from the film adaptations.
*Dr. Doom/Victor von Doom's origin story in the comics is that as a child he experienced the unfair death of his parents. His mother was a witch, who was gunned down when her powers went out of control. And his father was a healer, who died because he failed to cure the terminally-ill wife of an aristocrat. Victor's anger is suppossedly fueled by his vision of an unjust world. And his early goal in life was to rescue Latveria from a tyrant, before he was corrupted into becoming a tyrant in his own right. This well-intentioned extremist aspect of the character is missing from the film adaptations. 


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I can thoroughly agree (as a superhero genre/comic book fan) that adaptations do tend to oversimplify characters, but sometimes they actually manage to make them deeper and add new layers to characters, some of which later became integral parts of their comic book counterparts. Primarily example is Mr. Freeze who only became a tragic villain trying to cure his wife thanks to "Batman: The Animated Series" (1992) inventing that particular aspect about him. 
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And that's why it was considered one of the best animated series of its time, but that was 1992, a loooooooooong time ago...