How much longer can Star Wars stay popular? (Comic Book Forums)

  • How much longer can Star Wars stay popular?

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  • Posted: October 4, 2011 2:03:40 am
  • After 30 plus years and Luke Skywalker turning 60... how much longer do you think Star Wars will stay popular and keep reinventing itself? I do not believe there has been a precedent for something as successful as Star Wars.
  • Posted: October 4, 2011 6:42:28 am
  • Since it was popular with new/young generations even before the prequeles were made, (when they were already looking laughably out of date) I don't think they will ever become "unpopular". It all depends on how much time and effort George Lucas continues to put behind promoting it.
  • Posted: October 4, 2011 9:02:36 am
  • Any possibility on more movies in the future after Lucas kicks the bucket or a remake?
  • Posted: October 4, 2011 3:47:46 pm
  • SilentAssassin said:
    After 30 plus years and Luke Skywalker turning 60... how much longer do you think Star Wars will stay popular and keep reinventing itself? I do not believe there has been a precedent for something as successful as Star Wars.

    this is just like superman, or batman, or any of those characters from the early 20th century...they should be outdated but they just evolve and the characters do not really age at all (if they do age you can just reboot it and make them younger again Rolling Eyes )
  • Posted: October 4, 2011 3:57:34 pm
  • Reboot it is a nice way of putting it. Well who would have thought that Luke would fall into the same category as Batman and Superman. Amazing how 1 thing at the time may seem like a waste of time like Star Wars before it came out and something Mark never probably thought would have done great become history.
  • Posted: October 4, 2011 7:54:50 pm
  • I lost interest when I found out that star wars was a rip off of jack kirbys new gods. Vader/darkseid, Luke/Orion, relationship force/scource those two even sound the same. I'm sure there's others that I'm not thinking of right now
  • Posted: October 4, 2011 8:00:58 pm
  • I heard it was similar but really what isn't an adaption off of something?
  • Posted: October 4, 2011 11:37:43 pm
  • I never heard the Jack Kirby thing before, is there any story element that's the same that is more unique? I mean, there are literally tons of stories with a farm boy raising in power to fight an evil person, in a world with magic of some sort.

    More directly, Star Wars pays homage to The Seven Samurai. This is from a pop culture website:

    George Lucas has acknowledged his debt to Akira Kurosawa, and several homages and allusions can be found throughout the Star Wars series. In Star Wars (1977), the robot C3PO echoes the comments of the Japanese peasants when he says, "It seems we are made to suffer. It's our lot in life." Luke Skywalker also bears similarities to both Kikuchiyo (the farmer's son aspiring to warrior status) and Katsushiro (the young man yearning to be a disciple to a master). In The Phantom Menace (1999), the shot of Federation tanks coming over the hill is a direct tribute to the horizon shot of the marauding bandits. Lucas has said Yoda rubbing his head while thinking was a conscious homage to Kambei's head-rubbing gesture. Lucas has also said in interviews that while he was in Japan he became familiar with the cinematic genre jidai-geki ("period film," a category to which Seven Samurai belongs), so it is widely assumed this was an inspiration for his invented word "Jedi" (rebel warrior). Lucas has also employed the rarely seen wipe effect as a scene transition, which Kurosawa uses frequently in The Seven Samurai.

    But the story is still unique enough for Lucas to get all the credit. After 30 years, 6 movies, and 100s of novels and even more comics, it definitely could use a reboot to fix some things .... but it won't happen for awhile if ever, at least not while things are still selling. I think he could have done Anakin's actions after he became Vader differently to a better effect, especially in between Ep. 3 and 4.

    Last edited October 4, 2011 11:38:12 pm
  • Posted: October 5, 2011 7:58:20 am
  • Good defense.

    Vader is for sure original.
  • Posted: October 5, 2011 9:58:15 am
  • I remember watching Star Wars for the 1st time back in 77 when I was 6 back in Kansas City & have been a fan of it ever since & have seen thr movie MORE than a hundred times since then LOL
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