Why Are All the Superhero Stories the Same Now?

- Doesn't believe Deadpool is going to lead us into a new era of superhero film
- Although DC is grittier than Marvel, the narratives are surprisingly (or not so) similar
- Focuses on heroes vs. heroes because of a villain problem:

Fantastic actors playing bad guys buried under layers of latex—think Christopher Eccleston in Thor: The Dark World, Lee Pace in Guardians of the Galaxy, Hugo Weaving in the first Captain America—are often the weakest links of any of these films. Iron Man 2 faltered by bringing in too many villains (did we learn nothing from Spider-Man 3?) and not even the combined talents of James Spader and Joss Whedon could make Ultron work. Heroes work best when they’re flawed creatures who skate the edge of good and evil. That’s why X-Men: First Class works so well, why Robert Redford in Winter Soldier was such a hit, and why Marvel’s best villain is Tom Hiddleston’s Loki.

So putting recognizable and sympathetic characters like Batman, Superman, Iron Man, Cap, Punisher, Storm, etc. in the antagonist seat makes, in theory, for a meatier, morally complex showdown.

- People are so starved for something new, women take main focus

Good guys and bad guys pummeling each other? We’ve been there, done that. But the comic-book-viewing audience is increasingly thirsty for something new. TV shows like the pitch-black Jessica Jones and the light-hearted Supergirl and Agent Carter have all given us decent tastes of female comic-book leads, but both Yung and Gadot balanced the light and the dark of their characters in a delightfully complex way.

- The "Deadpool Effect" stems from the influences these movies have on each other. From GoTG to Deadpool to Suicide Squad and what's going to come next
- Tired tropes and narratives that leave audiences less than surprised at the end of films (calls out BvS for this)