Re: Tim Boyle's The Phantom
Well, first comparing the 1996 Phantom with Batman and Robin is not only invalid but almost a sacrilege. The Phantom was actually a good movie and quite fun and got some descent reviews. Besides it was very loyal to the character with very few exceptions. Batman and Robin was a travesty plain and simple.
Second the Phantom is a character which does have a lot of potential and the 1996 movie takes nothing away from it. Honestly, Batman being more known and all, B&R took more away from Batman Begins than the 1996 Phantom ever will from a new Phantom movie and Begins did just fine. It wasn't because Batman is well known. It was because it was a great movie. Batman's reputation couldn't save Batman and Robin. If the new Phantom is a great movie the fact the Phantom is not well known in the U.S. won't matter. I can bet that worldwide more people know the Phantom than they do Iron Man. It doesn't matter that Iron Man has not had a movie before. It did well because it was a great movie and that's all that matters.
The Phantom is a very interesting character with a lot of potential. The idea that it will be very hard to do a successful Phantom movie based on your opinion of how known he is or how good the 1996 movie did is not valid at all. Iron Man was not known and it did great. Superman is arguably the most famous superhero on earth and got beat by Iron Man. It's about the movie, the story and not about how well known the character is or if his prior movies have been hits or not. This is just not how it works. When a movie comes out people will see the trailer and if the trailer inspires confidence they will go see that movie. If thy like what they see they won't care for any prior movies as long as the one coming out looks good. Look at Terminator Salvation. It will probably do good business even thought T3 sucked. The trailers look good.
About your question why would anybody want to invest $87 million in a Phantom movie, much more has been invested in more crappy and less known superheroes and comic book characters.
Having said that, as with any superhero movie we need a visionary director to bring this to life. If they get any hack to direct this it will probably tank like so many other superhero movies did for the same reasons.
Last edited by Ultradude; 12-23-2008 at 10:23 PM.