16 February 2007

Superheroes on Screen - Retrospective 1998

1998 and feelin' great


In March, the direct to video Batman: Sub-Zero was released focusing on Mr Freeze, the same villain that "stole the show" in 1997's horrendous Batman and Robin. As if B&R needed any more criticism, this animated movie gave Mr Freeze a great treatment showing the lost potential of the live-action disaster.

In May, Nick Fury got the spotlight in the made for TV Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. starring none other than David Hasselhoff. So, yeah, its pretty much as bad as it sounds.

In August, Blade, a movie about a lesser known Marvel vampire hunter, earned a surprising $70 million. The suits at Marvel realized that if one of their small properties, starring Wesley Snipes. could turn a profit, what of the big guns. Thus, the modern superhero genre was born.

1998 also saw a brief run for an animated Silver Surfer series which lasted a mere 13 episodes due to Marvel's bankruptcy.

And that folks is 1998, a pretty dull year.

Previous Retrospectives
2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999

Batman Collection DVD 3-Pack (Mask of the Phantasm / Sub-Zero / Return of the Joker)

1 comment:

toast said...

I really liked the Silver Surfer series. I was sad when it got canceled so fast. I hope to se a dvd set soon.