|Christian Bale as Batman in The Dark Knight Rises. (Warner Bros. Handout)
Even before The Dark Knight Rises opened, star Christian Bale was telling folks he's hanging up Batman’s cowl for good.
But he admitted he’s interested in seeing what another actor (and director, given that Christopher Nolan is also done with the Caped Crusader) will bring to the character for the inevitable Bat-reboot.
Well, that makes one of us.
Given that The Dark Knight Rises will likely take in a billion dollars or more, it makes a disheartening kind of sense that Warner Bros. will want to keep making more movies, whether that means the rumoured Justice League ensemble flick, a Catwoman spin-off with Anne Hathaway or another take on the Batman legend itself.
But couldn’t we just leave well enough alone? Do we need to keep going back to these thoroughly plumbed wells to suck out every last drop? Are re-re-reboots and double-digit sequels really something moviegoers should look forward to?
Here are some other franchises that have had their day in the sun and now should just be left alone.
The original Indy trilogy – Raiders of the Lost Ark, Temple of Doom and The Last Crusade – is classic. But 2008’s Kingdom of the Crystal Skull forced us to endure a senior citizen Indy, Shia LaBeouf, a nuke-proof fridge, too much CGI and aliens. Let’s just put Indy in a museum where we can enjoy him the way we remember him.
Danny Ocean and friends
Ocean’s Eleven was a fun, glitzy heist flick. But the novelty of seeing George Clooney, Brad Pitt and a crowd of Hollywood stars out-think their opponents has diminished with each sequel. We’re not sure if director Steven Soderbergh has an Ocean’s Fourteen in mind, but we hope not.
Bustin’ makes us feel good, but as much as we adore the Ghostbusters, we could happily go to the afterlife without a third movie. A new film would likely be an awkward passing of the proton pack from Bill Murray and friends to some next-gen squad of young spirit-suckers. That doesn’t even sound like a good idea on paper.
_____ of the Dead
Zombie-based entertainment owes everything to the legendary George A. Romero, godfather of the living dead. But while Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead and Day of the Dead are zombie classics, Land of the Dead, Diary of the Dead and Survival of the Dead are definitely not. Each new film is worse than the one before it, and it’s time to put a bullet in the brain of this series before it claims any more victims.
Third reboots of anything
Next year’s Man of Steel marks Superman’s second reboot in less than a decade, and since The Amazing Spider-Man hasn’t exactly set the world on fire, it’s anybody’s guess what the wall-crawler’s future film fate will be. But there should be a rule: if you can’t make a franchise stick after two reboots, you have to give it a rest and move on.