I don't see the point in killing its charm. I mean, a bit of a budget boost, sure, as they wanted to put an action sequence in the first movie that they didn't have the $4M for. That's cool. But if you go big, what's left to mock?
^ I agree. One thing Marvel doesn't need right now is another superhero franchise that looks and feels like all the others. The charm (and arguable success) of DP 1 was that is stood apart from other Marvel franchises and kind of gave it all a devil-may-care middle finger. From the R-rated sex stuff to the low-budget almost indie look at times, this was the Marvel movie for people who miss a truly R-rated, violent but satirical film; something like the first "Robocop" from 1987. We haven't seen a major movie like this in nearly 30 years, and it was kind of refreshing. I think its runaway success speaks to Reynolds' point more than Miller's. Don't pee in the well, guys...
I agree in that I would've preferred if Last Crusade had truly been the last one, but since that didn't happen and they will continue to pump that drying well? I think a reboot would be the best option all around. Reboots are pretty much the standard these days; one can either contribute something positive to that philosophy or one can be bitter.
"Designated Survivor" 1.5, "The Mission." Solid episode. Really enjoying it, though I was less-than-thrilled by the introduction of a soap opera cliche involving the president's wife halfway through. Nevertheless, this show is really solid entertainment with enough real-world relevance to keep it from being too artificial.