I think we're heading in to another phase of the lone-wolf action hero genre akin to the big action films of the 80s/90s. The superhero films have been dominating popular cinema for the last 10-15 years while action-flicks have taken a back seat with the odd film here and there rearing it's head to some critical acclaim but not like it was in the 80's/90's. The quality slumped and they seemed a little passe for the last few years. Gone are the glory days of Van Damme, Seagal and Willis.
But now I think we're seeing a return of the lone-wolf action hero film. With the success of films like Taken and moreso John Wick, there seems to be a market again. These films seem to be finding their style and breaking in to the mainstream market in a big way. While a lot of these action films had a lot of style, action and not much substance, there was always something very compelling and thrilling about them. Films like John Wick and John Wick 2 have not only been well received by it's audiences but they're getting a lot of praise from the critics too.
The market has been over-saturated with Superhero films.(The link sums up why I think a lot of them are overrated) I'm not a huge fan of them but I do enjoy odd exceptional superhero films, namely the Batman trilogy. I get they're popular and I will try invest more in them.
Are we seeing the end of the Superhero film era and shifting over to films like John Wick, Taken etc? Many big-time directors have spoken out about their dislike of the superhero film genre such as Steven Spielberg, John McTiernan, Mel Gibson, Ridley Scott...
“Superhero movies are not my kind of thing,” he claims. “I can’t believe in the thin, gossamer tightrope of the non-reality of the situation of the superhero.” - Ridley Scott
Steven Spielberg also commented that superhero films will go the way of the western back in 2015.
I'm not bashing those films, I see the culture and the love people have for them. But for some of us, they're a little thin, 2D and don't hold much weight when you cant be invested in the characters. Is this the end of an era for superhero films? Are we seeing a new era of the lone-wolf action hero of the past, like John Matrix or John McClane?
What made me think of all this was seeing the trailer for American Assasin..