Superhero movies – original vs. remakes

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If you’re a fan of superhero movies (who isn’t?), then you’ll know that these movies have been on a Hollywood rollercoaster since coming into our lives. There have been more movies than we can count, and the recent superhero revolution means that new films are being released every single year. Most of the time, we are introduced to new superheroes and villains in these movies, and it gives us the chance to see another side to the super universes and obsess over even more characters. However, that isn’t always the case. There are some instances where these superhero movies are remastered and re-made for a modern universe – but which is better? The original or the remake?

Spider-Man vs. The Amazing Spider-Man

If you cast your mind back to 2002, you might remember the day that the first Spider-Man movie came into our lives. This was the start of something extraordinary, as that first movie would lay the groundwork for an epic sequel starring Tobey Maguire. Although the first movie was a success, the third movie was a slight flop, and instead of trying again next time, the studio decided to reboot the whole thing completely. Before too long we had The Amazing Spider-Man, played by Andrew Garfield. This new franchise was a little different, as Peter Parker was younger than his Spider-Man counterpart, but it was still a little odd.

Superman vs. Man of Steel

The first Superman movie was released in 1978, so you might have not even been alive when it was released! Although it was created with next to no special effects of graphics, it was the dawn of a new age when this movie came onto the silver screen, and people fell in love with the man wearing spandex. It set the scene for the next few decades and even set the scene for Henry Cavill to take over as a darker and more mysterious Clark Kent. It seems as though his depiction of the superhero has worked wonders for the franchise because Cavill is still playing the eponymous hero to this day.

Fantastic Four vs. Fantastic Four

The world of Fantastic Four has always struggled to get off the ground. The first movie was released in 2005 and had the likes of Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans and Michael Chiklis on its payroll. While it was greeted with a fine reception, it was never the kind of film to overwhelm those who watched it. Perhaps that’s why the studio decided to re-imagine the movie ten years later with a whole new cast and even more special effects. It’s safe to say that this was much more popular than the original but still wasn’t overwhelming.

Hulk vs. The Incredible Hulk

We love the Hulk. We know he has a bad reputation and has never really been given the platform to show the world what he’s got to offer, but we still love him. The original Hulk movie was released in 2003, and it struggled in the box office. The CGI was off, the storyline was haywire, and the character just wasn’t believable. Then Edward Norton stepped in as The Incredible Hulk, and he was finally given the stage. However, it wasn’t until Mark Ruffalo took on the superhero in The Avengers franchise that we all started to believe that the Hulk was pretty cool after all.

Superhero movies are all the rage right now, but it hasn’t always been plain sailing for these studios. From failed remakes to boring originals, there are now numerous adaptations of our favorite superhero movies on the market. Which one is your favorite?

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