A Remake Too Soon?

Recycling is all the rage in Hollywood, so I suppose it was only a matter of time before they kicked up the recycled-movies trend to a whole  new level.

I’m not talking about the remake of “Karate Kid,” which will not feature any karate because they used kung fu instead, or the “Tron” sequel due in December.

I’m not even talking about Russell Crowe’s new Robin Hood movie, though the last one of those we had was the 1991 Kevin Costner “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.” Waiting 19 years to make a new movie starring a popular and legendary folk hero sounds pretty reasonable.

No, I’m referring to the Superman and Spider-Man franchise reboots which have apparently been scheduled to come out in 2012. Note that the last Superman movie, “Superman Returns,” came out in 2006, and the last Spider-Man series started in 2002 and ended in 2007. And don’t forget “Hulk” in 2003, followed by “The Incredible Hulk” in 2008.

We are now looking at a period of five years in between franchise reboots, a period of time which seems ridiculously short even for my fruit-fly-like attention span.

In the case of Superman and the Hulk, I can at least understand. Neither movie was considered a smash success, so remaking them so soon could have been a move to set the record straight and show the characters were still relevant, marketable and beloved.

But Spider-Man? The Tobey Maguire Spider-Man movies were quite decent and also did very well at the box office. Though not everyone liked the final installment, I’m fairly sure it wasn’t considered a complete failure. So why wait only five years?

I suppose it depends on how different this Peter Parker will be from the last. Robin Hood, Batman and even Sherlock Holmes sure do change a lot depending on which movie adaptation of their exploits you watch, so their reboots and remakes and retries usually seem fresh.

Then again, there’s usually more than five years between them.