Contributing writer for The Artifice.
Junior Contributor I
Reboots, Remakes and Reunions: is there any original content left or are we forced to try to remake the past
In the wake of Halloween (2018)’s trailer (which looked pretty cool), I can’t help but wonder why we’re rebooting and remaking so many stories. I’m reminded of when Andrew Garfield was cast as the "new" Spiderman. And then, Tom Holland. The uproar. The hate. It (2017). The Star Trek reboots. Top Gun’s getting a sequel. Older sitcoms are getting reunions. We’re revisiting these old universes, these old characters, these old stories. Some of it is nostalgic for the older generations. Some of it is outrageous and insulting. I’m left wondering what will be remade from my youth, fearing who will be the next Iron Man (and crying about it). What’s with the demand for these reunions. Who’s deciding to remake these movies? Are we so scared of the new, we revert back to the old, or are we out of new? Is that well all dried up?
The appeal of an anti-hero and should they be idolized?
Is it because they’re more human than the traditional hero (see: Captain America, Superman, any character who is Inherently Good and Morally Right). There are studies that have shown that people like to watch/read about characters who are on good moral high ground, that they feel elevated by this. So then, why are characters like Deadpool, Loki, Severus Snape, Robin Hood–even Jack Sparrow–so popular? Are they easier to relate to? Should they be idolized, as may be seen with the more traditional heroes?
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