Thursday, April 28, 2005
IN CASE U MISSED IT: Corporate comics, now more corporate than ever!
As reported on Newsarama, Marvel has set themselves up in the production of it’s film properties, linking to Paramount for distribution, thus allowing them more creative control of their licenses through film.
What jumped out at me was the mention of all the films being rated PG to PG13, for widest potential audience share.
Now, I may be off base here, as I’m no expert, but the bottom line here seems to be that Marvel has more focus and clout in the movie biz, which means the comics or print division will become even more corporate/editorial driven, even more of a feeder line for the movie properties. Which is a bad thing for the comics, and the move of titles from Max to Marvel Knights, only further illustrates this. Titles who’s very nature were in telling more mature stories, are being toned down to fit into the movie production, PG-13, family-friendly mold.
Good for Marvel. Bad for comics readers.