I’m sure all of the Rejects were watching the movie news this weekend, drinking in the box office glory that was Iron Man. I’ll admit it was a great way to kick off the summer, and there’s plenty of other anticipated films on the way.
But amid all the news stories about how the year’s first superhero flick topped $100 million for the weekend, there was already buzz on Iron Man 2. And that led me to think…
What the fuck?
Don’t get me wrong. I’m looking forward to Iron Man 2 as much as the next fanboy, and our illustrious Executive Editor Neil Miller has pointed out to me that part of what made Iron Man the closest thing to a cinematic superhero orgasm was that director Jon Favreau was planning a three-movie character arc.
But isn’t Hollywood jumping the gun just a bit.
After all, this isn’t the first time that the industry has promised a sequel. And they don’t always deliver. Can’t they let the dust settle a bit before having Robert Downey Jr.’s personal trainer waking him up in the morning?
Films like The Lord of the Rings and the Harry Potter series were destined to have sequels, so I figure it was wise to either shoot them simultaneously or consecutively. But to start planning sequels before the butter cooled on the popcorn is a bit much.
Let’s put on the brakes a bit, fanboys. A lot can happen to derail a sequel. You could have a string of superhero movie bombs (like how The Hulk came close to killing these films in 2003). Or you could have shifting cast and crew (like how Superman’s return spent decades in development hell). Or you could just have script trouble (like how an Indy IV had been rumored since the early 90s, but it took them almost 20 years to nail down a plot).
In fact, the worst thing that could happen would be to fast-track a sequel without a decent script. The Hollywood landscape is littered with weak sequels to good films from Porky’s and Charlie’s Angels to Jaws and Ghostbusters.
Release date or not, unless there’s a solid script and film is running through the camera, I don’t trust any movie’s rumored existence. We’ve been burned before.
Just enjoy the success of Iron Man for now. We can start hyping the movie later.
Sound off: Will an Iron Man sequel be more awesomeness or stink like Tony Stark’s breath in the morning?