You'd think, as a Science Fiction geek and someone who grew up with Star Wars, I would be more excited when I hear that they are getting all three of the main characters from the original Star Wars back for the 7th one but, the truth is, I'm not. I mean, it's kind of neat, especially since none of them seem to even want to acknowledge that they were in a movie franchise that pretty much made their careers. But, when I heard the news I just kind of shrugged thinking to myself, "can't we just move on from that series? Can't we make the next three Star Wars movies something special without bringing them in?" Again, don't get me wrong, I'm sure once I see them on the screen I'll probably be giddy with geeky excitement, but right now I'm just sort of eh.
I think it has something to do with a trend I'm noticing, how newly rebooted franchise are aren't really rebooting as much as coping what the producers and writers think are the best things about the franchise they're rebooting. Not sure when it started but I noticed it with the reboot of Star Trek. I kept wondering, why did they bring Spock from the other franchise into this one? Sure, you can say it was a passing of the torch and I guess it sort of was but, at the same time, they're trying to distance themselves from the old series by making a new timeline, can you really do that while still referencing the old franchise? It's kind of like trying to be friends with an old girlfriend while you're with a new girlfriend. Yeah, it can work but it's going to be awkward.
I'm also worried about the new Superman and Star Trek movies. From what I've read Superman is going to have Zod as the main bad guy. Didn't we do that with Superman 2? Superman has a bunch of really cool bad guys, do we really need to bring back a bad guy from another movie? Wasn't that one of the main issues with Superman returns? That it was basically the same plot as Superman the motion picture, only with Superman son and Superman being all emo and stuff? (Yes, I have a lot of problems with Superman returns. Seriously, how did that movie get made?) Will the next Superman movie star Donald Glover and have a supercomputer as the main bad guy? (Dear god, I don't even want to think what a Superman 4 remake would be like. *Shudder*)
The same goes for Star Trek into darkness. I read the Kahn is going to be the bad guy and, again, I wonder why we need to bring a bad guy from another movie into this reboot. Can anyone beat Ricardo Montalban as Kahn? No matter how good the guy is going to be he'll always be compared to the first actor and, seeing as every actor in this movie is playing someone someone else played, do you want yet another comparison?
I will give Amazing Spiderman some credit, at least they went with a brand new bad guy instead of the Green Goblin. The Lizard might not be Spiderman's most popular bad guy but he's different and I liked what they did with him. I'm looking forward to the second Spiderman movie with Rhino and Electro as the bad guys. Norman and Harry Osborn will be in the movie but I haven't read anything that they'll be the Green Goblin. Kind of hope not, we've been there and we've done that.
So, back to Star Wars. I really hope they find a way to make these new movies different, make them something special and I hope Luke, Leia and Han are just cameo's and the plot finds its own legs. I don't want to see the trials of the Skywalker twins, don't want to see Luke building the Star Wars academy, don't want to see anything we've read in the books because this is a movie and we it needs to stand on its own as a movie. I won't mind some of the things they had in the books, maybe have Grand Admiral Thrawn as the bad guy or, hopefully they'll be able to come up with an even better bad guy.
In my mind I'd love to see the new Star Wars movie jump ahead a thousand years so we don't have to even worry about the old characters and we can start fresh with new ideas. It won't happen, there has to be some fan service I guess, but too much fan service could bring your movie down and do we really want another bad Star Wars movie to whine about?