I know many people who complain about reboots. People are complaining about rebooting Batman for the Justice League movie, they’re complaining about the New 52, etc, etc. But the fact of the matter is, reboots are often extremely beneficial. A lot of the time, rebooted movies and comics are great, and there’s a reason for that.
One of the biggest (and only) reasons people don’t like the New 52 is that it wipes the slate clean. It restarts the entire DC Universe, aside, obviously, from key points in the history. But the fact of the matter is, that’s a good thing. Characters like Aquaman, who was essentially the laughingstock of the DCU, now has one of the best comics out there. In addition to this, characters who didn’t get much of their own recognition before are getting it now. Nightwing’s comic may not be great, but at least he has his own series. A better example would be Deathstroke, who also gets his own series, and it’s actually quite good.
It’s also good for continuity purposes. To, once again, use the New 52 as an example, the DCU was getting so cluttered, that, even with the multiverse, the order events took place and the Earth they took place on were often hard to discern. Unless you read every single issue of every single series, things often wouldn’t make much sense. That’s why the reboot was a good idea. If Marvel would learn a lesson from this (I guess they kind of have, with Marvel Now) it would be much easier for people to jump into their comics and actually be able to comprehend everything that’s going on.
I doubt that I actually need to give evidence as to why Superhero movie reboots are a good thing, but I will give it anyways. Take, for example, the entire Marvel movie franchise. Up until Iron Man, the only good movies we’d gotten for Marvel were the first two X-Men movies and Spider-Man 2) And then, while X-Men and Spider Man are the only two franchises that’s been directly rebooted so far, we got a flurry of excellent movies. The entire cinematic universe was redone, and, in four years, we got more awesome superhero movies than in the past twelve years.
And then there’s X-Men First Class and the Amazing Spider-Man. Each of them came as reboots from a trilogy that ended on a decidedly horrible note. And then these came in, and made the franchises awesome again. First Class was easily the best X-Men movie, with a much more sufficient plot, and a much better screenplay. The Amazing Spider Man is my favorite Spider-Man movie (please feel free to refute that in the comment section) and it rebooted the franchise. Both were much more loyal to the comics, and had (for the most part) better casts. Also, the reboots had much better scripts, and much better directors as well.
But let’s move away from Marvel. While reboots there have been great, we all know that it’s the DC movies that have benefited the most from being rebooted. From the mid 1980’s to the late 1990’s, there were a bunch of bad DC movies. Superman III and IV, Batman Forever, and the Batman movie that forever disgraced the franchise, Batman & Robin. Then came our knight in shining armor, Batman Begins. Batman Begins is one of e best movies out there. It’s stellar, and was an excellent return for the franchise.
Emboldened by this triumph, the next year saw the release of Superman Returns, a flawed, yet still pretty good, movie. It was a great way to reboot the franchise, because, despite it’s flaws, it was a great movie. And the follow ups to Batman Begins proves that the reboot was a great idea. The Dark Knight is one of the best movies I have ever seen, and The Dark Knight Rises is awesome as well. Both prove that reboots are a great thing for superhero movies.
Reboots also give directors and authors the chance to go in different directions with a character or world. The Dark Knight trilogy was an extremely realistic take on Batman’s character, but rebooting him for the Justice League movie could take him out of the realm of realism. And this can be a really good thing, especially if it’s down correctly. Take a character everyone already knows and loves, and push them in a new direction that they may not have seen as much before.
The New 52 did it with Aquaman. He certainly wasn’t loved, but he was well known. But Geoff Johns used The New 52 to almost completely change the character, and take him in entirely new directions. And I like that, because it gives us the chance to see characters in different ways. Perhaps if Marvel were to do a reboot I would read more than just the Deadpool and occasional Spider-Man comic.
So what do you think? Are reboots good or bad? Let me know in the comics!