What Studio Does it Best?
With the huge success of Comic Book themed movies today, there is a big question that is brewing all over; who makes the best Comic Book movies? Is it Sony with the Spider-Man franchise? Is it Fox with the X-Men Universe led by Bryan Singer who is single handedly saving that franchise. Is it Marvel Studios led by Feige and crew who are creating a huge Movie-verse that is ever expanding? Or is it Warner Brothers who have had miss and miss with terrible Superman movies and hokie Batman movies in the 1990’s; but with recent hits such as the Nolan Batman trilogy, and the huge success that was Man of Steel have turned it around and look like that are a major contender for Comic Book movie studio studs.
They have all produced disastrous flops such as Fantastic Four (Fox), X-Men: Last Stand (Fox), Daredevil (Fox), Wolverine: Origins (Fox), Spider-Man 3 (Sony), 2 Separate Hulk Movies (Marvel), Batman Returns (WB), Batman Forever (WB), Superman Returns (WB), and let’s not forget Green Lantern (WB) which was panned by many as the worst Comic Book Movie in the 2000’s.
But with every flop each studio has also produced gem after gem. X-Men, X-Men 2, and X-Men: First Class from Fox were absolute gold, which isn’t surprising since they were touched by Singer (Midas himself). Spider-Man and Amazing Spider-Man from Sony were chart toppers, Marvel has just a plethora of recent homeruns with the end of Phase 1 and so far all of Phase 2 stuff being goldmines. Warner Brothers and DC Comics have come to play too, with the huge success that was the Nolan Batman Trilogy and the recent success of Man of Steel, they have regained a foothold in great Comic Book movie making.
I think we know who does it worst… With what it seems like a passion Fox puts out some poopers with the Fantastic 4 franchise in the 2000’s and now that the reboot sounds atrocious as well. X-Men: Last Stand was so bad that is still leaves a terrible taste in my mouth. Wolverine: Origins butchered almost every aspect of many fan favorite characters, Daredevil was so terrible they got their license for it taken away. Basically everything that Laura Schuler Donner touches turns to crap.
But could the studio that makes the worst comic book movies, also make the best? There is no rule against that I guess. If you make such great comic book movies that they offset the horrible ones that you have also produced that is legitimate. Fox has upped the ante with the latest trailers for X-Men: Days of Future Past and with the success of X-Men: First Class and the classic X-Men 1 and 2 all of which is Bryan Singer’s doings. It may be safe to say that even though Warner Brothers/ DC is such a big part of the landscape right now, and even though Marvel is just pumping out Money Makers from Phase 2; Fox may be the leader in Great Comic Book movies.