Comic book movies are bigger than ever, despite the fear a few years ago that the bubble would burst. With the billion dollar successes of “The Avengers,” “Iron Man 3” and “The Dark Knight Trilogy,” what once was the property of geeks now belongs to the masses. Despite the larger audiences welcoming embrace, the original home of these characters, the comic book, is getting left behind.
That’s not to say comics will die, as artists and writers will always find a home at Marvel, DC Comics, Vertigo and other imprints. Instead, comic books will become even more of a niche genre while geek culture thrives around it. Marvel Studios has been incredibly successful of late, thanks to the “Iron Man” franchise and the incredible success of “The Avengers,” while DC Comics proved Batman could be taken seriously by a mainstream audience even though Batman had been “serious” and “gritty” since the 1980s.