So I've been reading a few reports on how Fantastic 4 flopped big time in its debut. It got me to thinking about Super Hero films in general. It seems like we get about 6-8 of these hero films every year, and it's been that way for the past 10 years now. I'm not a comic book buff nor did I have even a slight interest in them growing up, so maybe my opinion is worthless. But I just feel like this genre of film is getting close to running its course. These movies are very expensive to produce, so they always depended on an above average turnout to at least break even. For example, this weekends fantastic 4 film cost $200M to produce yet only managed to generate $20M in its debut which experts say is an indication that it will fall well short of the break even point. I just think there's going to come a point where people like me, who watch these movies without actually being hardcore fans like the comic book collectors, are going to become fatigued. All these hero movies, despite their varying story lines, are starting to feel the same to me. And I hear similar thing from the average movie viewer too. I think superhero fatigue is a real thing amongst the casuals. And in the end it is the casual fan (not the comic geeks) who keep these big-budget hero films alive. My prediction is that within the next five years, a super hero film that would have demanded a $200m budget will instead be produced and distributed straight to Blu-Ray without seeing any national theater time. The big dogs like X-men, Spider-Man, The dark Knight, Avengers etc. will continue to survive. But even they will have to adjust and lower their budget and output. So what are your thoughts on superhero fatigue?