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the superhero business is collapsing, who will replace them?

From the 1930s to the 1960s, Westerns reigned supreme in Hollywood cinema and they seemed unsinkable. But they were eventually supplanted by science fiction and action films after a period of transition. The same phenomenon seems to be happening with the sagas of Marvel and DC Comics.

Video game adaptations are a hit

In any case, this is the observation made by Wall Street Journal in a fascinating article. And to replace superheroes, big studios are now setting their sights on video game adaptations.

Last year, no less than seven feature films from video game franchises were released. And there really was something for everyone, from Super Mario has Gran TurismoPassing by Five Nights at Freddy’s. The same movement took place on the series with a total of 19 fictions based on sagas of the eighth art. We think in particular of The Last of Us or Cyberpunk: Edgerunners.

According to Comscore’s tally, films based on video games brought in $712.2 million at the US box office, the highest level ever observed. At the same time, superhero productions collected $1 billion, a drop of 42% compared to 2022.

How to explain this success ? Video games allow studios to launch new franchises on the big and small screen. But the latter are already known to a very large audience and they can also attract new customers.

Difficult transpositions

This does not mean that these adaptations are a long, smooth river, quite the contrary. Controversies can thus arise, because players are very attached to these sagas and do not appreciate them being modified for the needs of a film or series. This is precisely what happened with Halo which disappointed some fans. The same goes for the first Sonic film, the first design of which caused hilarity on social networks.

Faced with these risks, some industry giants are refusing to see their franchises adapted. Thus, Strauss Zelnick, general manager of Take-Two Interactive Software, which oversees GTA, returned to this risk: “If we fail, we run the risk of compromising the underlying intellectual property. The bar is therefore high”.

Of course, video games aren’t the only genres that could benefit from the decline of superhero films. The success of Dune 2 shows us that science fiction still has its say, but also why not Fantasy and other more baroque styles.

Mark Tyson
Mark Tyson
Freelance News Writer. Always interested in the way in which technology can change people's lives, and that is why I also advise individuals and companies when it comes to adopting all the advances in Apple devices and services.
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