I know what you’re thinking, “Don’t you always whine about Hollywood not making original movies anymore? Hypocrite!” Listen, Hollywood is not going to stop making sequels anytime soon, as they believe the risk is smaller when audience is already familiar with their releases, and with Battleship and John Carter failing miserably last year, it’s not hard to see their point. So as long as they are making sequels, why not make the ones that deserve it. So, here are the sequels that Hollywood should just make already:
The Mask 2
Apparently Jim Carrey famously turned down $10 million to appear in the sequel to his 1994 hit. He believed reprising a role didn’t provide him with a new challenge as an actor, which is funny because he plays the same guy in every movie. Okay, Truman Show and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind were great, but in most of his comedies he’s basically wacky nice guy making wacky faces who learns a valuable lesson by the end.
Considering he isn’t appearing in many movies these days, would he be willing to return to the role now? If not him, then the studio should just reboot the franchise with a new guy. Instead of a proper sequel, we got the turd Son of the Mask in 2005, which put the final nail in the coffin for the franchise, but the studio should seriously reconsider giving it another try. With so many faux gritty superhero movies appearing these days, a Mask series parodying the whole genre would be perfect. I grew up with the animated series, and it had many great episodes. I believe the concept has enough potential to survive as a film series.
Carrey will be appearing in Dumb & Dumber To, hopefully, and in Kick-Ass 2 this year. Hey, Mr. Carrey, if you’re reading this, because why wouldn’t you be, please come back as Stanley Ipkiss. We all crave for the more innocent times, when big movies used to be funny, not tedious, and Cameron Diaz seemed hot.
The first two Hellboy movies are among the most underrated comic-book films. They get the characters right, have a richly detailed world, great creature design, and most importantly — they get the tone right. There’s just the right balance of humor, suspense, and drama. Sure, the story sometimes gets predictable, but that’s part of its old-school charm. Both director Guillermo del Toro and lead Ron Perlman have repeatedly expressed interest in returning for the third time, but apparently the studios aren’t willing to pay for it. Hellboy 2 didn’t exactly set the box office on fire, mostly because it released a week before The Dark Knight juggernaut.
I hate giving pieces about it, but last night, we were at dinner and Ron said, ‘I would be very happy to do Hellboy again, when are we doing Hellboy 3?’ Thomas [Tull] said, ‘I would love to see Hellboy 3.’ He didn’t say he would love to do it he just said he’d like to see it, but today, I’ll ask him.
Not just anybody can make this movie. I loved working for Legendary and I know for Guillermo working on Pacific Rim was one of his greatest experiences. The reason I loved working for them is because Guillermo was so happy. I came in six months into the shoot and he seemed as fresh as a daisy, simply because he was working for someone who appreciated and supported his outlandish visions of what he wanted to put on the screen. My immediate, silent wish was, wouldn’t it be great if these guys came in and helped resolve the Hellboy series.
Last year Perlman told EW:
The [first] two movies were really set up to have this unbelievable resolve. Everything that was done in both movies was leading up to this destiny, written in stone, of what Hellboy has been summoned to Earth to do. To not do it, particularly in light of the scope that Guillermo is thinking of for the resolve, would be in my mind a little bit of a shame.
From what they’ve said, it looks like they have an epic conclusion in store for the big red guy. Considering how Hellboy’s destiny is about destroying the world, I can’t wait to see what they’re going to do in the film, if it ever happens. For now, hope for Pacific Rim to do great, so that studios get some confidence to let Del Toro do his thing.
The Incredibles 2
It’s impossible to make a list like this without including The Incredibles. The film was a hit, audiences love Pixar, and superheroes are making billions, so why, you wonder, is Disney not pushing forward for a sequel? Well, they tried in 2004, but those early plans were soon scrapped. Director Brad Bird has talked about a sequel on several occasions, saying he’s open to making one as long as he gets an idea worthy of a Pixar film. In 2007, he told Heather Newgen:
I do if I can come up with a story that is as good or better than the first one. If I can come up with a “Toy Story 2″ with “The Incredibles,” then I would do it in a second. I have pieces that I think are good, but I don’t have them all together.
Now that Pixar is making sequels and prequels left and right, shouldn’t they put their big creative brains together to work out a story for the film that most deserves another installment? Depicting the struggles of a nuclear family through superhero tropes isn’t a one-off concept, an entire show can be made from it. Get your shit together, Pixar.
Before Shyamalan went full retard on his career, he used to make decent movies, despite how preposterous that notion seems now. In 2000, he followed up his breakout hit The Sixth Sense with Unbreakable, arguably the first superhero movie that tried to be realistic and gritty. It wasn’t perfect by any means, but it was fairly well executed and had some good ideas. Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson sold the fuck out of their roles, although Not Haley Joel Osment was annoying at times.
There have several rumors over the years about a potential sequel but the studios are non-committal, and Shyamalan is too busy making shitty films. Both Willis and Jackson are interested in reprising their roles. I say the studio should ditch Shyamalan and go for a sequel anyway. The current superhero craze and the famous lead actors should ensure a decent box office.
Imagine a superhero movie that isn’t based on any comic book, and thus has the freedom to go anywhere. No need to justify the capes, the weird names, the outlandish plots. Just an examination of superheroes and their place in our culture at a very personal level. Also, there would be punching and stuff, of course. I’m not a fan of the way the original ended; it was too pleased with itself. When you have Samuel L. Jackson and Bruce Willis in your film, and you don’t have an epic show off, let alone have at least one of them say “motherfucker”, then you have failed as a filmmaker.
Many big-budgeted superhero movies released in 2012, but none have been as overlooked as Dredd. After Stallone’s misguided adaptation in the 90s, the character had been forgotten by Hollywood, but Alex Garland and Pete Travis brought him back to the big screen, this time doing him justice.
Sadly, the film completely flopped at the box office, and the prospects for a sequel now seem all but dead. Exec Producer Adi Shankar did an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit, and he bluntly explained why a sequel would be unlikely.
it’s because the movie totally bombed & R-rated movies are a tough sell to begin with.
It’s a shame because Dredd provided a unique counterpoint to all the Marvel/Dc superheroes. They only showed us a small part of the dystopian world that is Mega City One. The Judge Dredd comics are a goldmine of interesting ideas, like Pro-Democracy terrorists, and how fascism is the logical conclusion to all vigilante/superhero fantasies. It’s not like the concept doesn’t have promise; one of the classic 80s films — Robocop – was made from a refurnished Judge Dredd script. Hopefully, enough DVD sales will help persuade the studios to greenlight another installment, and this time market it properly.
Wanted 2: Don’t tell me the first one wasn’t a superhero movie, anyone who can curve bullets is a superhero in my book. I know the original has a trashy reputation, but I loved it and would be the first to see the sequel, if it’s done in the same style. We need more dumb action movies where the action is imaginative and properly shot.
Constantine 2: I’m not a big fan of the original, but the character has a lot of potential, and bringing him back to the big screen, by either a sequel or a reboot, is worth it. Apparently, Guillermo del Toro is working on a Justice League Dark movie that will feature Constantine.
Howard the Duck: Okay, I would actually like a reboot, not a sequel, but I can’t be bothered to make another list for reboots.
Green Lantern 2: Heh. Just kidding. Fuck Green Lantern.
Did I miss anything? What superhero movies, or just movies in general, do you think deserve a sequel? Tell us below in the comments!