Originally Posted by Figs
This is going to be ignorant of me but I'm going to assume Nell got his first taste of the X-men from the movies. For those of us who grew up reading the comics, there are so many stories to tell that I actually look forward to a new series. Especially a new cast since I didn't like every portrayal in these films. Not because I'm some pretentious comic fan but I didn't like a few of the performances, lik Berry's Storm for example. Jackman is a lot taller than comic Wolverine but I didn't care because he is great in that role.
You're right. That is ignorant. And couldn't be further from the truth.
I've been an X-Men fan my entire life, and my entire childhood couldn't wait until an X-Men movie was made. When it finally came out in 2000, that made my life pretty much.
No, my first taste of the X-Men came from the '90's animated series when I was a kid. And then after that, I started collecting as many toys, cards, and comics as I could of the X-Men.
My fandom expanded around the time the movie came out, because by that point, I was old enough to have my own money and go out and buy a lot of back comics on my own, and really build a collection that I wasn't able to amass as a kid, but my first taste of the X-Men came from the cartoons and comics.
I don't think these movies are perfect. FAR from it. I prefer the movie medium over the comic medium, but I was speaking with my friend the other night about it, and going through and analyzing just how much when it comes down to it I do like the comics versions of the characters better than the movie versions, outside of a couple exceptions. In a lot of ways, I do prefer the film takes on particular stories (example: I prefer Dark Phoenix as a split personality rather than a cosmic entity), but I am an X-Men fan from well before the movies.
For C. Lee tossing out all of those obscure references, I have stated plenty of times that there are exceptions to every rule. Batman, which is probably America's biggest superhero in pop culture, and had (what I consider to be) 4 bad movies coming in, needed a presence during this comic book movie boom. Same goes for Superman. In the case of Superman, it had been something like 30 years since the original series with Christopher Reeves. Much different than pulling a Spiderman and rebooting it 4 years later, or what's being proposed with X-Men and rebooting it right in the middle of it's run. And I still hardly consider Casino Royale a "reboot". It was nothing more than a recasting, which has been done throughout the entirety of the franchise's run.
No, here's how I look at it. I can probably count on both hands the number of film franchises that have reached X-Men's longevity, in terms of installments (7). Bond, Star Trek, Star Wars (once the new trilogy begins), Harry Potter, bad horror movie franchises like Nightmare on Elm Street or Friday The 13th, Avengers (if you count that as one franchise), Batman, and that's all I can think of at the moment but I'm sure I'm blanking on a couple.
What I'm trying to say is - film series' come to an end. And that's OKAY. It is okay for things to come to an end. And I feel it's a sense of entitlement when people run around acting like they are OWED all these different versions of different characters. While some say they can't wait for new takes, I say I'd rather see NEW ideas and NEW stories being told.
C. Lee rattled off some old timey films from the 40's. That's obviously much different than rebooting a series in 2015 that started in 2000. Film making is much different today than in was in 1940. It was an entire generation ago of people who aren't even ALIVE today. Want to reboot X-Men in 30 years, when I'm 60 (to answer your other question, Lee, I'm 30), then that's a whole different story than rebooting it in 2020 only 6 years after Days Of Future Past.
But while people talk about new takes on the same stories, I also say I don't need to see the same stories redone over and over again. Back To The Future, Indiana Jones, Star Wars, The Godfather, RoboCop, Terminator, Lord Of The Rings, X-Men, Casablanca, Citizen Kane, E.T., Jurassic Park, I mean I can list movies until I'm out of breathe. Do we need to see these all again? They were incredible the first time around, and there's a reason for that. These movies captured levels of magic that won't be replicated. But the argument for reboots says we should just focus on remaking all of these movies because hey, we can have a new take and introduce them to a new audience!
If you want to introduce them to a new audience, then SHOW your E.T. DVD to your kids. Don't remake it and lose the magic of the original. There's a reason why these movies are wonderful, and someone coming in with a "new take" is not going to recapture that.