Marvel is currently heading a huge boom in superhero movies. DC is trying it’s best to keep up, but ever since The Dark Knight, they just keep stumbling over their own feet at every opportunity. However, even with the giant market of masked marauders taking up the big screen, we haven’t even gotten a fraction of the heroes in comics into the “real” world of movies. Specifically, we haven’t gotten many (good) representations of those supernatural superheroes since Hellboy 2. In my opinion, I think it’s time for the stranger side of comics to start hitting theaters.
I can probably count the number of actually good creepy hero movies (that got theatrical releases) on one hand: The first two Blade movies, the only two Hellboy movies, and the first Crow. I may have liked the first Ghostrider movie and Constantine, but I seem to be the only one. All the rest are pure crap, from Spawn in the 90s to the latest Ghostrider farce. Why can’t Marvel or DC seem to make a good story based on a creepy hero?
Well, I think part of the problem lies in people’s expectations for hero flicks. Namely, they want morally unambiguous characters doing morally unambiguous things in the name of what is right. The superheros mentioned above aren’t really like that. They represent the darker side of comics, the side that’s not afraid to get its hands dirty. Heck, Ghostrider and Spawn are supposed to be agents of Hell, the literal HELL, turned good. Hellboy is a literal DEMON.
So, naturally, movies involving these characters are going to be darker. Unfortunately, we’re living in an era wear “dark” is almost synonymous with “bad.” Case in point: Batman v Superman was supposed to be a “dark” take on the heroes and nobody liked it. But just because a hero is dark doesn’t mean that hero can’t have light moments. Hell, Batman is a perfect metaphor for that. Batty is supposed to be the legendarily “dark and brooding” superhero, but everyone loves him and remembers him. I think a lot of that has to do with his lighter moments, too. After all, you can’t have a dark side without also having a bright side.
I say, bring on the dark stuff. We’re in need of Blade kicking some ass. We’re in need of Constantine punching some demons in the dick. We’re in need of a Ghostrider that isn’t goofy-ass Nick Cage making faces throughout the whole movie. I am hungry for a big screen scary superhero. Unfortunately, I don’t think I’m gonna get it any time soon.