MGK Hockey 1234 had an interesting point on the twitters:
“I’m so tired of superhero movies”
listen: in 1950 Hollywood literally released 158 Westerns, that’s more than thirteen a month
20 of those Westerns were specifically of the “singing cowboy” subgenre
stop acting like you’re uniquely affronted by superhero movies’ existence
Twitter responded to this point, as twitter does, with various levels of amusement and offense but my favorite point in response was some variant of “So where are the singing superhero movies?”
I can remember only two superhero stage musicals. The first one being It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…It’s Superman was one that I saw waaaay back in the 80’s in a little community-level play (they had identical twins who could act and sing… why, it’d be a crime if they *DIDN’T* do a play that relied on one of them in one costume and the other in another). This play was cute. I guess. I don’t remember much from it beyond the “You’ve Got Possibilities” song and that’s mostly because of the commercial:
The other superhero stage musical is, of course, the much more recent Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. This is a play that I have *NOT* seen, but notice that none of the songs seem to have leaked out into the wild… not yet anyway. When watching the trailer for the play, I’m struck by what a spectacle it must have been and completely unsurprised to hear that there were numerous injuries as the play went on.
And I’m expecting to see some of those songs show up in commercials in a decade or so.
And hoping that, perhaps, 40 years hence, we’ll finally get “The Infinity Gauntlet: The Musical”.
(If you want to discuss spoilers for The Infinity Gauntlet in comments, please consider using Rot13, a simple back-and-forth encryption protocol. It turns “The butler did it” into “Gur ohgyre qvq vg” and vice-versa.)
So… what are you reading and/or watching?