Lets talk movie houses/production companies. Marvel, Disney/Lucasfilm and DC. Additionally Paramount if you want to include Star Trek.
Combined, from a timeline I saw, there are 7 “Superhero” movies to be released this year, 11 next year! And of course at least 1 Star Wars movie each year for at least the next 4 years.
That’s not counting the TV shows spun off from the universes. DC win with The Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, Gotham, Teen Titans Go (yes, an animated Kids TV show). Paramount has a new Star Trek show on the way. Marvel still has Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (an unfortunately no more Agent Carter).
We will still all buy tickets to the movies, the merchandise and then when it’s released to home, the DVD/Blu-ray/Digital copy. Then have kids (and adults) wanting to buy all the toys, apparel and accessories. Just thinking about all that makes my head hurt. Will it get to a point where there is market saturation of all this and people will actually stop going to see these movies?
I know each universe is massive and all have many more strong stories to tell. But movie wise, we are now on to the 3rd Batman movie series in the last 30 years. I know that the visuals are improving with movies, unfortunately not always stories, but should movies just be made because of demand? I guess the movie houses will say yes, because they can make money. I guess they just can’t invest in new IP’s which might not succeed. On that, I believe some of those just aren’t marketed right.. yes, I’m thinking of John Carter aka Princess of Mars series.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve willingly spent many hours of my time watching, devouring and in discussion of said movies and subsequent lore.
Also, I know you have to create market hype, but why show trailers for movies that are over a year away from being released? I’ve seen one in the last couple of months and just shook my head.