Comic book movies are big business in the 21st century, a phenomenon that dates back to Spider-Man in 2002 and the cultural movement it caused. Now, movies like Avengers: Endgame and Avengers: Infinity War have literally broken hundreds of box office records between the two of them alone. Even an R-category movie like Joker can make a billion dollars, apparently with the stipulation that it is based on a comic.
But with all the uncertainty at the box office in 2021, Rumble movie can any of the upcoming Marvel or DC movies move audiences enough to revert to their old theater-going habits? Based on how each comic movie that is released is on the IMDb popularity charts, some have better takes than others.
Set for release in May 2021, Paramount Pictures’ Rumble takes place in a world where monster fighting is a serious spectator sport. The story follows a girl who tries to train a lazy and out of shape monster (played by Will Arnett from The Lego Batman Movie) to become a champion.
Like his couch potato protagonist, Rumble is a bit of an outlier. The movie is technically based on a comic book series – Rob Harrell’s Monster on Hill – but it definitely doesn’t fit the traditional meaning of “comic book movie.”
The original DC Universe animated film Batman: Soul of the Dragon will be released in January 2021.
The original story is set in the 1970s and follows DC superheroes Batman, Bronze Tiger, Lady Shiva, and Richard Dragon as they team up to find the missing martial arts master who trained each of them, forcing them to discover the haunting secret of her disappearance.