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Superman, the Christopher Reeve film, debuted in 1978. That's when I was born. That's a long time. It was a good film, so good they had a sequel to follow. That was good enough to warrant two more, that, from what I remember, should be forgotten. Superman Returns supposedly picks up after Superman II, so, from a continuity standpoint, that's about 25 years in between films. The long wait, coupled with a rise in interest in Superman, and the popularity and success of comic based films, pretty much meant DC and WB had to put a Superman film on screen.
It was good, but not great.
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The Dark Knight Strikes the Big Screen Again
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Burton's Batman in 1989 was a film about the early days of Batman, kinda like a year one story. It didn't go back as far as to show how Bruce Wayne got into the suit or what lead him to go from ordinary joe to superhero, but it did enough, and it did the job very well. It was tough to follow, but Batman Returns was a decent follow up. Not like the first, but still good, Burton good, good in the style of the first one. The subsequent two, the Schumacher films, totally killed the franchise. A fifth film wouldn't've flown, not with that direction. DC Comics and Warner Bros. decided to hit the reset button to cash in on the success of films based on comics recently. Many wondered "Isn't it too soon since those last two?" Director Chris Nolan had his work cut out for him to make a film that would make people forget the last two films, maybe even the entire set of four films.
DC hit the reset button, and it was successful.
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SW, EIII: ROTS
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Everyone, EVERYONE, has waited for this with baited breath since 2002's SW, EII: AOTC. We've been fed teasers since, like that delightful cartoon, the Clone Wars, and the occasional secret spilling out online. Now, it's here, and I say that it's a success.
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Defending George Lucas
I'm probably one of the few that actually liked the first two installments of the complete Star Wars story, Episodes I & II.
The nay-sayers said that it was boring, it lacked the magic of the first three, that it was poorly written, that Lucas developed the characters and plot all wrong. Overall, they weren't that good.
To them, I say: bite my ass. Rather, bite Lucas' ass.
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Many thought that, like most sequels, this would bite the big veiny one. I'm one such student of this school of thought, so I went in with low expectations, despite the press saying this was better than the first.
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