Top 5… Reboots

For some reason the Spider-Man films are being rebooted only 5 years after the last one was made. This seemed like a good time to follow up my top 5 prequels with my top 5 reboots.

5. Star Trek

The Star Trek films have managed to last for decades with new stories using the same familiar characters, be it Kirk’s crew or Picard’s bunch. However, execs decided it was time for a major change and so handed the reigns to JJ Abrams to take it back to Kirk’s crew but with fresh faces. A fine effort although Leonard Nimoy’s cameo in the film left me wanting to see the original cast and not the new faces. Hopefully the sequel will cement this new generation for years to come.

4. Batman

In 1966 Adam West and Burt Ward were Batman and Robin. They were campy and wore very bright colours but they were the crime fighting duo. Then in 1990 Tim Burton cast aside the blue fabric for black leather and replaced the camp with goth. While Burton was in command this series did well, sadly he handed the reigns over for the third film and it was downhill from there.

3. Casino Royale

In Die Another Day it was clear that Brosnan and Bond had come to an end. It was time for a fresh face but what we didn’t expect was a fresh start as well. Taking us back to the beginning of Bond, Daniel Craig brings the suited spy into the 21st century Bourne style! This was Bond as you’d never seen him before!

2. Batman Begins

Back for his second reboot, the Nolan brothers brought Batman out of fantasy and into reality. Bale is magnificent as the titular hero with a dark past who dons a very hi-tech suit in order to fight crime in Gotham City. It was a huge achievement for Christopher Nolan to step out of Burton’s shadow and give us a hero that was both real and entertaining.

1. Buffy the Vampire Slayer

A slight cheat here as I am talking about a film to TV reboot but it was such a good one it had to be here. The Buffy the Vampire Movie was an awful attempt at comedy with terrible performances and no laughs. Joss Whedon took the concept though and turned it into one of the most successful cult TV shows ever, running to 7 series and one spin-off (the equally brilliant Angel). This was Whedon’s major calling card to the world and he has continued to show his incredible talents since.

Honourable Mentions

  • The Incredible Hulk – After the unsuccessful Ang Lee film, Norton takes the titular for a decent superhero movie
  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes – More a prequel than a reboot until they make some more but a very good film and regardless
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