At some point in the life of a genre, the only people who still want these things around -- musicals, westerns, slasher flicks, superhero movies -- are people who have imprinted the genre's DNA atop their own. At this point, a genre must be destroyed so that the survivors, like a band of post-apocalyptic mutants, can rebuild in the future. How do you make people with superpowers dull? When do you know you're moving toward that point? When you witness a scene in which the hero screams "NOOOO!" over the dead body of his true love as the camera rises into the heavens. Oh, yes.
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