The more popular superhero/comicbook films get, the more people will attempt to create them, and studios will back them. The fact is that the only way this is going to continue to work out in a positive manner is if writers and directors choose new and interesting ways to tell their stories. While Marvel Studios may have their style, as does Warner Bros. with the DC films, they aren’t the only two with their hands in the pot. The reason why a film like Glass is so anticipated by fans is because of the unconventional direction M. Night Shyamalan has taken to get here.
2000’s Unbreakable was an interesting take on the world of superheroes. Yes, there was a hero and there was a villain, but it was dark, it was subtle, and it downplayed moments that most comicbook films would use as a spectacle. It wasn’t about the effects, it was about the characters themselves and their journey coming to grips with their abilities.
Before Split opened in theaters, few people even knew it was the second installment of a trilogy. It wasn’t billed as such and was allowed to succeed as its own film without the fanfare of Unbreakable giving it a push. In classic Shyamalan style, the twist ending would be the reveal, and if you were unaware it was coming, the entire feeling of the film switched when you saw Davin Dunn in the diner. Again, as a superhero/comicbook film, nothing about Split was normal, and the story was a deep dive into the psyche of the ultimate villain.