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Best Hollywood Franchise Reboots of 2023: Unveiling Unprecedented Speed

Best Hollywood Franchise Reboots of 2023: Unveiling Unprecedented Speed

Lately, it seems like Hollywood has caught the bug for bringing back beloved stories. It’s like every major studio, from Disney to HBO, wants to hop on the excitement train and give new life to classics like Moana, Harry Potter, and maybe even The Lord of the Rings. Now, these reboots aren’t always a bad thing, but most people like to see a little breathing room between the original and the revamped version.

But here’s the thing: the big studios just can’t get enough of these reboots. It’s like they’re hooked on the comfort of familiar tales instead of taking a leap into the unknown. Sure, sometimes these revivals surpass the original in brilliance, but more often than not, they leave audiences scratching their heads and wondering where the spark of creativity went in the industry.

1. The Amazing Spider-Man’ – Five Years After ‘Spider-Man 3’

The Amazing Spider-Man' - Five Years After 'Spider-Man 3'
Spider-Man has captured the hearts of many fans, thanks in large part to the talented actors who portrayed him on the big screen. Tobey Maguire, particularly for millennials, is seen as the iconic Spider-Man, showcasing the character’s noble nature, vulnerability, and sensitivity. Let’s not forget the undeniable chemistry he shared with Kirsten Dunst. However, Spider-Man 3, although displaying director Sam Raimi’s talent, didn’t quite live up to the success of its predecessors.

There were plans for a Spider-Man 4 with Raimi and the rest of the crew returning. However, it was eventually decided that a complete reboot of the series would be the better option. This decision led to the release of The Amazing Spider-Man just five years after Spider-Man 3 hit theaters. Andrew Garfield stepped into the role, bringing a similar vulnerability and torment to Spider-Man. However, this reboot failed to reach the same level of cultural impact as the previous series.

As a result, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 became the only sequel, despite the studio’s initial plans of creating an entire universe of films.

2. The Incredible Hulk’ – Five Years After ‘Hulk’

The Incredible Hulk' - Five Years After 'Hulk'
The Incredible Hulk, like many other superheroes, has a rich history in screen culture. Back in the day, his most famous version was in the TV series from the 1970s and 1980s. However, things changed in the early 2000s when he made his big screen debut. Eric Bana played the green hero in the movie simply titled Hulk, but unfortunately, it didn’t leave a lasting impact despite Bana’s star power and the directorial talent of Ang Lee.

Fast forward to 2008, and we have The Incredible Hulk. This film not only served as a reboot for the character but also marked the second installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), following the release of Iron Man the previous month. It’s worth noting that Edward Norton initially portrayed the Hulk in this new iteration. However, he was later replaced by Mark Ruffalo, who has since carried on the role and continues to do so to this day.

3. The Silence of the Lambs’ – Five Years After ‘Manhunter’

The Silence of the Lambs' - Five Years After 'Manhunter'
The Silence of the Lambs, a true film classic, has its roots in the chilling novels by Thomas Harris. However, it was not the first adaptation of Harris’s work. That distinction belongs to Manhunter, where Brian Cox portrayed Hannibal Lecktor (spelled differently for legal reasons). Unlike The Silence of the Lambs, Manhunter is based on Red Dragon and does not feature the character of Clarice Starling, who became closely associated with Dr. Lecter in later adaptations.

Just five years later, The Silence of the Lambs hit theaters. Anthony Hopkins took on the role of Hannibal and left an unforgettable mark on the character. It’s hard to imagine anyone else playing him, except for maybe Mads Mikkelsen in the Hannibal series. The film went on to win multiple Oscars, including the prestigious Best Picture award.

4. The Suicide Squad’ – Five Years After ‘Suicide Squad’

The Suicide Squad' - Five Years After 'Suicide Squad'
The DCEU has always struggled to reach the enormous success of the MCU, and one film that exemplifies this issue is Suicide Squad. While it shares some surface similarities with Guardians of the Galaxy, as it follows a group of lesser-known heroes fighting a world-conquering villain, its dark tone, murky cinematography, and predictable storyline ultimately doomed it and left audiences disappointed.

However, James Gunn, who also directed Guardians, injects new life into the franchise with The Suicide Squad. Surprisingly, it manages to serve as both a sequel and a reboot, focusing on a completely different group of heroes while still featuring Viola Davis’s villainous Amanda Waller. This time around, the film is much more agile, boasting a playful energy and a distinctive visual style that helps it break free from the shadow of its predecessor.

5. Punisher: War Zone’ – Four Years After ‘The Punisher’

Punisher: War Zone' - Four Years After 'The Punisher'
The revenge story is a common theme in Hollywood, and one standout film from the 2000s is The Punisher. Starring Thomas Jane as Frank Castle, this movie doesn’t hold back in its portrayal of revenge. It has a weightiness to it that can sometimes be overwhelming, but that’s intentional as it pays homage to earlier revenge action films.

Unfortunately, due to various production difficulties, the series had to be rebooted just four years later instead of continuing with a sequel as originally planned. This led to Punisher: War Zone, which had a different cast, with Ray Stevenson taking on the role of the Punisher. The story also took a different direction.

However, the reboot didn’t fare well at the box office and was considered a failure. Its performance was dismal, disappointing both fans and the studio.

6. Terminator: Dark Fate’ – Four Years After ‘Terminator Genisys’

Terminator: Dark Fate' - Four Years After 'Terminator Genisys'
Terminator Genisys tried its best to give a fresh spin to a series that was showing its age in the mid-2010s. However, even with Arnold Schwarzenegger, the face of the franchise, it couldn’t escape the criticism from both critics and audiences.

But then came Terminator: Dark Fate, taking the series in a new direction. Schwarzenegger returned once again to one of his most iconic roles, and to everyone’s delight, Linda Hamilton reprised her role as Sarah Connor after more than two decades. It was a special moment to see these two actors together again.

Although it didn’t make a huge splash at the box office, Terminator: Dark Fate did manage to win over some critics with its fresh approach.

7. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ – Four Years After ‘The Dark Knight Rises’

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' - Four Years After 'The Dark Knight Rises'
The success of Christopher Nolan’s trilogy of Batman films, including The Dark Knight Rises, might seem like a fluke, considering they came before the box office dominance of the MCU and the somewhat less successful DCEU. These films heavily relied on Nolan’s reputation as a director and Christian Bale’s intense and gravelly performance as Batman.

But as the DCEU gained traction, it was bound to involve Batman in some way. In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, directed by Zack Snyder, the character was brought into the new continuity. This time, Ben Affleck took on the role, injecting an even grimmer and more menacing quality to the character. However, much like Bale’s Batman, this version is still willing to make sacrifices for what he believes is the greater good.

8. The Batman’ – Six Years After ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’

The Batman' - Six Years After 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice'
Batman has been a beloved hero on both the big and small screens for many years. However, his success in the movie industry has had its ups and downs. Even though Batman v Superman had all the elements of a blockbuster film, it didn’t quite reach the level of a huge phenomenon. This was partly because the DC Extended Universe was still struggling to find its footing, but it was also due to the film’s rather grim outlook.

The reboot of The Batman, featuring Robert Pattinson taking over the role from Ben Affleck, continues this somber tone. What makes this version stand out is its lack of connection to the larger DCEU mythos and a stronger emphasis on Batman’s detective skills. It also introduces some of the most beloved characters from the Batman universe, such as Catwoman, the Riddler, and the Penguin.

9. The Transporter Refueled’ – Seven Years After ‘Transporter 3’

The Transporter Refueled' - Seven Years After 'Transporter 3'
Transporter 3, just like the previous films in the franchise, is a thrilling action-packed adventure filled with non-stop excitement and a stellar performance by Jason Statham as Frank Martin. While it didn’t receive as much acclaim as its predecessors, it still managed to make a good profit, largely thanks to Statham’s undeniable talent as one of the industry’s most reliable action stars.

However, Hollywood felt the need for a fresh direction for the franchise. In 2015, after a gap of only seven years, Frank Martin made a comeback to the big screen. But this time, it was a complete reboot, with Ed Skrein taking over the lead role from Statham. The movie performed decently at the box office, but perhaps due to the absence of Statham and the other creative minds behind the original series, it has yet to spawn a sequel.

10. Ghostbusters: Afterlife’ – Five Years After ‘Ghostbusters (2016)’

Ghostbusters: Afterlife' - Five Years After 'Ghostbusters (2016)'
The original Ghostbusters holds a special place in the hearts of many fans, having become a beloved film from the 1980s. Like numerous other Hollywood properties, it has undergone various changes over the years. One of the most noteworthy transformations was the 2016 reboot, which replaced the original male leads with four talented women. Although it was cleverly written and showcased strong performances from the likes of Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones, it faced challenges at the box office due to review bombing and misogyny.

Given this background, it comes as no surprise that Hollywood decided to take another shot at the Ghostbusters franchise. This time, the film Ghostbusters: Afterlife emerged five years after the previous attempt to revive the series. Instead of being a reboot, it serves as a continuation of the original storyline. Alongside introducing new characters, it also brings back familiar faces such as Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, and Ernie Hudson. In comparison to the 2016 film, Ghostbusters: Afterlife leans more heavily on nostalgia, which can be seen as both its greatest strength and its most significant limitation.

Emma Isabella
Emma Isabella
Emma is a regular contributor to WhatsNewNetflix. She likes delving into the world of Netflix TV shows as well as studying films, especially comedies.


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