Reboots and Adaptations ruin the original


Christian Richardson, Writer 2015-2017

In the recent years, there has been the return of favorite characters in the form of reboots. Several of these reboots have been Teen Titans Go! (Tv show, 2013), Robocop (Movie, 2014), Fantastic Four (Movie, 2014), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Movie, 2014), Terminator: Genisys (Movie, 2015), The Powerpuff Girls (Tv show, 2016), and Ben 10 (Tv show, 2016).

These reboots have been received by both critics and audiences as nowhere close to recreating the nostalgia from the original movies and television series(s) that they’re trying to reinvent for a newer and younger generation. Due to reboots often not carrying any of the original concepts of their predecessors, they often come across as cheap knockoffs in comparison.

This has become an issue between fans of the original productions and fans of the reboot. An example of constant feud between fan bases, is the television comedy series Teen Titans Go!. A reboot of the 2003 television series Teen Titans. Ever since the release, the response by the fan bases has been very controversial, as it was made more child friendly and has removed many of the defining characteristics that make characters like Robin, Starfire, Beast Boy, Cyborg, and Raven so memorable.

Movies have had a completely different impact on audiences due to reboots. Movie reboots have been a consistent failure in box offices along with how it is perceived by critics and audiences. Most of the time it is the directors that change the direction of the movie to fit their own needs, which changes the message of the film itself. Other times, the adaptation has no connection to the source material.

This was shown greatly in the 2015 movie adaptation, Jem and the Holograms. This was a box office failure, grossing $2.3 million worldwide against a budget of $5 million. This film was deemed the worst opening of 2015. Just two weeks after its release, on November 10, 2015, Universal Studios pulled the film from theaters and was later described by Business Insider as “an unheard of move for a movie that was in theaters nationwide.”