Originally Posted by xmenfilesfan05
But in both of those cases, the title character is ONE character. They get a whole film to flesh themselves out. With the X-Men, they don't have that luxury. So they have to create a new history for the beloved characters, one that allows them to be on the screen together.
Hats off to you for making a very good point! An ensemble cast film has far more hurdles to jump than one focusing on a single character.
Maybe we should focus on format rather than story? Could the X Men be adapted to the big screen as well a single superhero?
Ensemble films (from adapted source material) tend to work when 1) they have long running times and 2) have the opportunity to have several films (such as a trilogy).The Lords of the Rings is a good example of this. Otherwise the characters have no room to breathe and grow and it tends to focus on only one or two characters (such as the X films). In fact, I can't think of any comic book movie based on a team that was very good (Fantastic Four, anyone?) Joss Whedon will have his work cut out for him in the Avengers. Lukily he will have a series of films focusing on the characters leading up to his film.
I prefer ensemble cast based storytelling in serialized format, such as television. The various X Men cartoons did a good job, I thought, far better than the films (imho
) We have time to get to know the characters, the world they live in, and watch them develop over time so that we can develop a relationship with them, even if they differ from the original version. I would much rather see the X Men on live action tv than another film, but that ain't gonna happen.