Do too many sequels hurt a film’s franchise? Let’s take a look at some examples, shall we?
1. The Terminator (1984), Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003), & Terminator: Salvation (2009) – The Terminator was a great movie as it was about a seemingly indestructible machine (T-800) who was sent from the future to prevent a woman (Sarah Connor) from giving birth to her son (John) who would grow up to become the leader of the resistence. Terminator 2: Judgment Day raised the bar by changing the plot: this time, the T-800 was sent back to protect the John from a new terminator (T-1000), a terminator more advanced than him that was made of liquid metal. Just seeing him morph into various liquid objects as well as morphing into Sarah Connor herself was absolutely astonishing. Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines was about the T-800 protecting John from a female terminator, the Terminatrix. While the movie was good, it wasn’t as good as Terminator 2. Terminator: Salvation should not have been made at all. It is about an adult John Connor leading a resistence against Skynet. The special effects aren’t nearly as good as they were in the previous Terminator films. Also, it’s just not the same w/out Arnold Schwarzenegger. The only glimpse we get of Arnold is his face on someone else’s body. Just like Linda Hamilton said, it definetely should have ended after the second film.
2. Batman (1989), Batman Returns (1992), Batman Forever (1995), & Batman & Robin (1997) – Batman was a great movie as it was a giant improvement from the comical Adam West version. Michael Keaton starred as Batman/Bruce Wayne who was avenging the deaths of his parents by fighting crime. The suit was nice in black & it was excellent how he kept the mystique of the character by speaking softly as Batman. Batman Returns was okay but wasn’t as good as Batman as it didn’t really add anything new to the franchise. This time, Batman battles both Catwoman & the Penguin. Batman Forever took a new direction with a new director, Val Kilmer replacing Michael Keaton, adding Robin, & adding 2 new villians, 2 face & the riddler. It also changed from the previous films by being more colorful as the previous films were very dark. This film was better suited for kids as the previous films were more geared towards adults. By the time Batman & Robin came it, it turned the franchis into a freakin’ joke. Once again, we have a new Batman/Bruce Wayne portrayed by George Clooney. This time, Batman & Robin face off against Poison Ivy & Mr. Freeze. This time, they add Batgirl. The acting is horrible. As a matter of fact, in one scene, Batman says, “This is why Superman works alone”. Is that supposed to be funny? Why on Earth would he mention another comic book character? I don’t recall Superman mentioning Batman in any of his films. In the suit, you can see nipples this time. You can’t even understand Mr. Freeze when he’s talking because they put something in his mouth. The movie was so horrendous that a fifth film was cancelled as this film basically committed suicide to the franchise. As a matter of fact, it wasn’t until 8 years later where the franchise was reborn as the film was given a reboot.