20 Years Later ‘Batman & Robin’ Is Best Viewed As a Comedy

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Note: This piece was originally published on Creators.co.

If at first you don’t succeed with a sequel, try not to change a goddamn fucking thing and up all the bad things that made the previous film so awful. It’s a formula that seems to work really well with many of today’s films, so why believe that films from the late-90s would be any different? After all, one could easily make the case that because of franchises like this or other films that came out during this time, audiences are saddled with the same repetitive shit we get today. Certainly the general formula for making them and the model for marketing them.

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‘Batman Forever’? More Like Batman Never Again

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Sequels… Why do people bother? Oh, yeah, that’s right, money! It’s always about how much money a studio can make. And while that’s not the problem, in and of itself, as I get the need to make money, it never seems to help when it comes to any of the creative aspects of the film. The reason why it’s being made at all and hopefully will be liked by fans and critics alike. Apparently, even in the mid-’90s, creativity was shelved and an inferior product pushed upon an eager and hard to please public, all while hoping nobody noticed.

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‘Batman Returns’ But He May As Well Have Sat This One Out

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Apparently sequels, even in the early ’90s, were tough to get right. So many expectations that any one wrong move could disappoint fans and filmgoers. If you’re a superhero film, there’s so many more expectations riding on the film. How do you further the story of the hero in an interesting way? How do you incorporate the villains? How do you pick which ones you want in the film? So many things to get right, how does anyone even attempt another film? I guess they just do and hope for the best.

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‘Batman’ Is Enjoyable Enough But It’s Not That Good

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The superhero film. What would we do without it? There’s one everywhere you turn. Some you can’t get enough of and that could be for a multitude of reasons. Some, it’s unfortunate to say, aren’t that good. As films age it’s harder to figure out which one’s really are that good, and which one’s have just been puffed up while its legacy was cemented. Sometimes all it takes to celebrate a film is just a lot of fond memories, particularly if you grew up with the film.

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10 Years Later ‘Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer’ Is Slightly Better But It’s Mostly All For Not

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With a sequel to a film that badly started a franchise, you’d think it’d be easier to clear the low bar that had been set. Sadly, not all films can follow up in some big and impressive way. For those films, all one can do is see it and judge it for what it has to offer. If you’re revisiting it after so many years, like I am with this film’s 10 year anniversary now upon us, it might be even harder to view the film at all. You’ve had an opinion about it for years and have heard all there is to hear about how bad it is. But maybe an aging film can surprise you. Show you something you didn’t see before. Give a new kind of life to a film you’d previously believed beneath you. Or, it could be this film. That pretty much speaks for itself.

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‘Fantastic Four’ Is Far More Painful Than I Remember It Being

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The 20th Century Fox film Fantastic Four, based on the comic book of the same name, may be better than the newest film of the same name, but not by much. It’s as bad as most people have always said it was and would probably still say if you asked them today. I know it’s crazy that I chose to watch something I could’ve easily avoided, like I’d been doing for at least the last six years, but there’s a reason for it. I’ll get to that another time, mainly because when the time does come, it’ll become evident quite quickly.

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‘Flatliners’ Shows Stylish Fun And A Strange Left Turn To The Supernatural In First Trailer

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The reboot is nothing new for films, especially horror or thriller films. However, it’s very difficult to get excited about most of them, especially nowadays, as so many that have come before haven’t done too well. Be it because of the critics, fans and the overall commercial intake, or both or some other reason I’m not thinking of. With a film that’s getting up there in age, and has built a pretty big following during that time, it’s even more of a gamble. How do you prove that another film, that looks very much like the original in every way, is even slightly worth it?

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