What Movies and Shows Count As Soft Reboots?

Over the past few decades we've gotten used to the idea of movie, TV, and other media franchises undergoing total reboots, with the creators breaking continuity with the original series to create new stories using the same core concepts and characters. It's pretty much taken for granted that whenever a new team takes… » 7/29/14 10:41am 7/29/14 10:41am

"They Had To Keep Reinventing This Character Until They Got It Perfect"

Sometimes a character goes through so many reinventions and reimaginings, it feels as though they're just being chewed up by the machine. (See Hawkman.) But sometimes, the 20th version of a character is just... perfect. Which character actually benefited from endless redesigns and reboots? » 6/24/14 2:15pm 6/24/14 2:15pm

A Brief and Canny Explanation for the Flood of Remakes and Sequels

Why does Hollywood keep rebooting the same movie properties over and over again? It's not just because studios want fans of those franchises to be happy. It's because the movie business is about supply and demand, and the demand is strongest for a few known quantities, writes Scott Feinberg. » 9/13/13 12:25pm 9/13/13 12:25pm

The Awful Wreckage Of Speed Racer Spinoffs

The Wachowskis' Speed Racer movie isn't the first reinvention of the rubber-burning cartoon since its 1960s heyday. There's been a long line of Racer relaunches, sequels and spin-offs, many of them huge disasters. That doesn't stop people from trying to reinvent the wheel for the franchise, including the new animated… » 4/29/08 1:30pm 4/29/08 1:30pm