May 28, 2009

Batman and Hollywood's Obsession with the Reboot

When "Batman Begins" came out in 2005, people were a little confused if it was a sequel. And while it clear in the title, that this Batman was something new, the concept of a do-over for such an established franchise was un-heard of at the time. My, have times changed.

Since "Batman" we have seen massive franchises resurrected: James Bond and Star Trek all got the reboot treatment. Now comes word that studios want to kick-start the "Alien", "Predator", "Ghostbusters," and "Robocop" franchises again, all with reboots. Hell even "The Fantastic Four" which is a new franchise is getting the reboot treatment.

Besides the opportunity for huge money and fresh faces, I think part of the trend of the re-boots has to deal with America's love of second chances. Everyone loves a comeback. People want to see Lebron James come back from being down 3-1. They were thrilled when Mickey Rourke returned with vigor in "The Wrestler." More recently the Syracuse Lacrosse team won the national championship on a comeback. So here's to the reboot, and thanks Batman.

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