Steven graduated Cum Laude from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Communications, focusing on film studies, journalism and theatre arts. Dubbed a "prolific" writer by Hollywood icon Kenneth Johnson (The Incredible Hulk, V, The Bionic Woman, Alien Nation), Steven has been honored by the Arkansas College Media Association for his story writing prowess. He has also received recognition for his dramatic writing from the Eerie, Shriekfest and Screamfest horror film festivals. Publications include: Carroll County News, Saline Courier, Forum, Echo and Moroch.
SUPERMAN RETURNS: Will 'MAN OF STEEL' SINK or SOAR
Posted Wednesday, June 12, 2013, at 12:42 AM
Photo credit: Warner Bros.
Seven years of waiting is about to come to an end. The better part of a decade has past since the comic book hero Superman last appeared on the Silver Screen. And when "Superman Returns" (2006) was only a modest success at the box office ($391 million worldwide), compared to its mammoth $270 million budget, the Last Son of Krypton went on an indefinite hiatus. The lull comes to an end Friday when director Zack Snyder's "Man of Steel" hits theaters.
The superhero genre of films has become a very lucrative and audience-satisfying realm for motion pictures. Superheroes like Flash Gordon, Batman and Superman began appearing in movie serials in the 1930s, but it wasn't until "Superman and the Mole Men" (1951) that the superhero genre of motion pictures, fittingly, took flight.
The Caped Crusader took to the big screen, as the cast and crew of the popular 60's television show "Batman" (1966) helped perpetuate the genre. But it wasn't until director Richard Donner made audiences believe a man could fly in "Superman" (1978) that the genre truly became the box office money-making machine that it has evolved into. "Superman" took in over $300 million worldwide and spawned four sequels.
"Superman II" (1981) and "Superman III" (1983) also enjoyed financial success, as both exceeded $100 million at the box office, but "Superman IV" (1987) flopped with a mere $15 million domestically.
The superhero genre continued to endure though with director Tim Burton's "Batman" (1989). The Bat was a huge hit in the Summer of Sequels, as the film pulled in over $400 million worldwide. "Batman" spawned three sequels each of which eclipsed the $100 million mark.
Superheroes continued to make their mark on the Silver Screen with hits like "Spider-Man" (2002), "Batman Begins" (2005), "Iron Man" (2008) and "The Dark Knight" (2008). But the benchmark by which all superheroes would be judged came in 2012's "The Avengers," which took in over $200 million on its opening weekend alone. The film went on to take in a staggering $1.5 billion to become the most lucrative superhero film of all time.
"Man of Steel" should continue to bolster the genre, but I seriously doubt it will have the same financial impact of "The Avengers." That said this Superman, with the help of Christopher Nolan (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises), should propel the Last Son of Krypton back to box office superiority.