Contact Us

Escapist Friction: How Much Better Will 2010’s Super Hero Movies Be Than 2009’s?

As 2009 draws to a close, we’ve been busy filling you in on our picks for this year’s (and this decade’s) best and worst comics, but what of the past 12 months’ cinematic adaptations? Wired’s Underwire blog had a few things to say about the past year, very few of them wholly encouraging.

Underwire points out that the fairly not-awesome “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” made a lot of money while the fundamentally decent-to-good flicks like “Watchmen,” “Coraline” and “Surrogates” did a little less well at the box office – a lot less well compared to previous years with arguably stronger lineups, actually.

And of course, then there’s “Astro Boy,” which everyone would really rather avoid discussing.

2010, by contrast seems like a year full of potential sun shine, lollipops and planet-splitting rainbows.

Between the almost complete and utter sure-thingedness of “Iron Man 2,” the hyper-violent promise of “Kick-Ass” and the I’ve-been-waiting-for-this-movie-since-page-one-of-volume-one factor of “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,” 2010 will almost assuredly please the comics crowd and beyond.

So yeah, 2009 wasn’t as stellar as it could have been, but barring nightmarish reality-altering interference from trickster gods or something, the coming year seems poised to intensify comics’ place in big-budget mainstream entertainment. So Underwire’s assertion that 2009 may have seen comics falter at the movies, while true, shouldn’t be seen as some kind of new normal in my eyes.

What’s your take on 2009 vs. 2010 at the movies? Does your optimism overshadow the past year’s failures? Did you think 2009 was just fine? Let’s hear it.

Recommended For You

Around the Web

More From ComicsAlliance

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Please solve this simple math problem to prove that you are a real person.

Sign up for Comics Alliance quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!