Batman, Superman and Sherlock sequels
Warner Bros., the studio, have openly admitted that they want to earn more money from franchises that are still earning money. Shock horror! The CEO of the Time Warner company Jeff Bewkes has revealed that the plans are to work more sequels from the Batman and Superman franchises - you didn't really believe they would stop Superman? - and also from the upcoming Sherlock Holmes film.
Now that places a lot of pressure on Guy Ritchie to deliver a good first film, or actually it doesn't because Warner could always just remake it or swap out the cast and crew if they felt like it.
"The obvious thing we're going to take from [the film's success] is more Dark Knight...
...We look at Harry Potter...It's fantastic to have franchises that last that long. We want to do that with Batman and Superman and perhaps Sherlock Holmes. The sequels are as good, with new characters added, as were the originals. That wasn't the case in the years ago...
...We've got four big tent poles coming this year."
You can take from that statement that they're going to try and get as much as they can out of the three franchises, although Sherlock Holmes hasn't even been seen yet, it looks set to become an ongoing franchise in the eyes of Warner Bros. Even if it doesn't work out it looks like they'd invest some money trying it again to see if they could make it work.
Do you want to see more franchises continued like this? I certainly do if they can keep them as strong as Batman has become, but if they're just going to turn them out for squeezing out that profit then I don't. I don't want to see sequels for the sake of sequels, I don't want to see films made without originality, or films made that are just more of the same with perhaps the words bigger and better thrown at the script, that does not make a good film, just a copy of the original with brighter colours and more of them. Like a painting, it becomes a mess.
Let's see some quality return to Hollywood, now why didn't the CEO pick up on that and say something like, "we learned that the public respond well to an original take on a story, that with effort invested into the script, a talented group of film-makers, and bags of originality and freedom, they can make something amazing. Perhaps if we've learned anything we've learned not to remake, sequel and prequel every thing that we've ever made just to make some quick cash. With investment of time, belief, and money, we can make better films that make more money and deliver something the audience love."
Yeah, I'm dreaming aren't I?