So, the news has been out for a few days that the Spider-Man movie franchise is being rebooted instead of continued. There are opinions galore as to whether this is a good thing or not.
Me? Well, I'm of mixed opinion... on the one hand, I would've liked to have seen what Spider-Man 4 might have been like, and if they could've recovered from Spider-Man 3, which I generally thought was not a good movie. On the other hand, perhaps a rebooting of the franchise, casting Spidey younger and having a chance to rework things from scratch could well be a good thing...
I suppose it all is a matter of timing. I understand they're shooting for a 2012 release for the new movie (as yet untitled, apparently... might I suggest "Amazing Spider-Man"?), and it's possible that enough time will have passed for movie audiences to accept a reboot.
There are a few problems inherent with franchise reboots of any kind, obviously... any movie series will have its fans who are against the idea of starting over, and one has to consider whether or not these "core fans" are a large enough percentage of the overall viewing public to really matter.
Overall, I think it's best when there's been a fairly long period of time between the last movie in the original series and the reboot. "Star Trek" is a good example of this (even though it's as much a reboot of the original series as it is of the movie series). "Batman Begins" is another. Both of these series were pretty much dead in the water, and needed a reboot to reignite interest, I think.
I think there's a few other franchises that could well benefit from a reboot, but I think I'll keep my list confined to comic book-based properties, and this will be a short list.
First of all is "Fantastic Four." While the movies were fairly successful, I do feel they strayed from the original material quite a bit. Keeping closer to the comics continuity might be a benefit to the series... and perhaps it would be a good idea if they stayed away from Doctor Doom if they ever do reboot this series. With today's CGI capabilities, I can't help but think that a movie featuring the FF vs. the Mole Man would be fantastic -- can you imagine all those Kirby Kreatures brought to life?
Second is "Superman." Let's face it, "Superman Returns" was just a bad idea. Trying to tie in to the Christopher Reeve movies didn't work, and neither did the casting, for the most part. They need to simply start over again, and get away from the ideas that were so embedded here. The costume didn't need a redesign (if it ain't broke, don't fix it, people!). And if they ever reboot this franchise, can we stay away from an origin sequence? I think just about everybody knows the origin. Let's start with the players already in place, and go from there. Maybe consider taking a cue from the Bond movies, and open with Superman battling one of the lesser villains from the comics, then go to the credits, and then get into the actual film plot itself. I'm also thinking that it's best to stay away from Lex Luthor -- yes, he's Superman's arch enemy, but for crying out loud, he's been used in all but one of the Superman movies to date! Brainiac might be a good villain option, and perhaps use Toyman in the teaser, so Superman can battle some giant menacing robot toys.
One of the problems with doing a "Superman" reboot, however, is with "Smallville" still on the air (and apparently looking at a 10th season), that show is getting closer and closer to Superman all the time... so maybe we need to wait until Smallville ends before even starting to look at revving up this franchise again.
Any thoughts, faithful readers?