Will Hollywood Ever Run Out of Superhero Ideas?

This year is turning out to be the mother lode of superhero genre riches for those of us who can't get enough of comicbook themed live action entertainment.  We have already seen The Green Hornet, Thor, and the newly opened X-Men: First Class, with Green Lantern, Captain America: The First Avenger, and Cowboys and Aliens fast approaching.  The Wonder Woman television show may have been nixed while No Ordinary Family and The Cape may have been cancelled, but there seems to be no end in sight for stories about superpowered crimefighters.

In the next few years will see the big guns -- Man of Steel, Dark Knight Rises, Iron Man 3, The Amazing Spider-man, The Avengers, as well as Ant-man, a sequel to Ghost Rider, and who knows how many more.  Hollywood is tapping even lesser known comics, like The Mighty, which tells the tale of an average, human cop investigating Earth's seemingly heroic protector Alpha One, and one of my personal favorites, Runaways, about children who discover that their parents are supervillains.  Syfy will soon give us The Alphas, a TV series about a group of superheroes.

There are tons of other comic book properties out there just waiting to be adapted.  Wanted, Kick-Ass, and others have proven that even smaller titles can attract mainstream audiences at the cineplex.  But are all those titles worthy of the big screen and boob tube treatment? Right now, Tinseltown can't seem to get enough of the genre, but it will only take a few Howard the Duck clunkers to make people forget the potential for box office gold and remember the failures like Elektra, Catwoman, and the rest.

But if they keep making quality movies that bring in the crowds, comic book creators will continue to churn out new characters with the bigger picture in mind.