23. "RE: Young audiences are the main target of studios." In response to In response to 19
>That's all well and good, but none of those things are true >because Hollywood makes six superhero films a year. Those >things are true because the profit margins are thinner on most >adult dramas, and there isn't a huge outcry for the indie shit >outside of the big cities. If there was, movies would go there >and have sustained runs. Superhero films don't make things the >way they are, the audience does.
what i am trying to get at is that movies that were actually successful in decades past--just not at the third or half a billion dollar mark of a superhero movie now--would be relegated to the arthouse movie theater in the current climate because hollywood has thoroughly shifted gears, including to superhero movies even if you only count 3-6 of them a year. if we could get the comic book movie out of our system by making them all, which it seems like we are on track to do, maybe we could then get back to some of the other types of movies grownups like, be they dramas, comedies, biopics, thrillers, sci-fi not too heavy on the CGI, romantic movies with a brain, etc. audiences have shifted to accommodate what is available to them, but i don't think it's true that they aren't interested in the other types of movies that were hugely popular in decades past. they just aren't being made or marketed anymore because they are seen as riskier. it's a pretty nasty cycle IMO because it panders to the lowest common denominator and results in less variety at the box office. running out of superhero movies won't solve this, but i think it would help.
>And you see more female-led and black-led films now than ever, >because female audiences and black audiences are rallying to >those movies nationwide. Hollywood follows the money. Always >has.
counterprogramming works and shows that there are wider audiences out there who will see other kinds of films. they don't have to be just counterprogramming; hollywood should take that risk and expand the variety of films at the multiplexes beyond the male-dominated, juvenile audience. those action and lowbrow comedy movies are fun, but they shouldn't be practically the only offering for most adults.
>If young audiences keep going, they'll keep making them. And >young audiences will keep going.
of course they will, they would see just about anything, but there are other demographics willing to shell out cash at the movie theater, and i think there is a backlash against the current climate of what is offered to them since better days are still in recent memory.