When we hear the name of Mark Hamill, the Star Wars saga’s Luke Skywalker is the first character that comes to mind. And for good reason; in the ’70s, it was Hamill’s breakthrough role, and it catapulted him to superstardom. And, with a Star Wars movie released every year, that won’t change anytime soon.
Between the original and third trilogies, Hamill also voiced a number of animated comic book characters. His Joker became as iconic as Luke Skywalker, and he also voiced The Hobgoblin in 1995’s Spider-Man animated series and Wolverine in 2003’s X2: Wolverine’s Revenge video game.
So Hamill has amassed a great deal of experience as far as comic book adaptations are concerned.
The actor talked about the genre during an interview with USA Today:
I don’t know what’s going on with superhero movies. They’re fantastic, but I think we’re reaching a point of oversaturation. So that’s why the story is so important…the gimmicks and all that, they can only take you so far. That’s what I want, better stories.
He was very diplomatic, and avoided naming specific films. Sure, the DCEU’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, or Fox’s X-Men: Apocalypse, may come to mind, but Hamill’s remarks apply to any number of MCU movies, as ever greater numbers of moviegoers take notice of the studio’s formula.
Hamill’s remarks were accurate. The comic book movie genre will reach oversaturation as long as the stories don’t improve and the studios avoid taking chances (think Fox’s Deadpool and Logan), no matter how many heroes appear simultaneously on the big screen, how many cities are leveled, or how up-to-date the theme is.