8 Reasons 'Super 8' Is Not Your Typical Summer Blockbuster

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5. "Super 8" Is Not About a Comic Book Hero

After the enormous success of "Batman," "Spiderman" and "Iron Man," it seems as though Hollywood is itching to cash in on superheroes, even the C-listers.

This summer's premiers include "Thor," "Captain America: The First Avenger," "The Green Lantern" and, of course, "X-Men: First Class."

6. "Super 8" Is Not an Animated Feature

Both "Cars" and "Kung Fu Panda" are trying to keep riding the wave of animated feature success with their previously mentioned sequels. The same case was for last summer's hugely profitable "Toy Story 3."

7. "Super 8" Is Not a Remake

"Conan the Barbarian," set to release this August, is not only a remake of the wildly popular 1986 original with none other than Arnold Schwarzenegger, it's being remade in 3-D.

8. "Super 8" Is Not in 3-D

Last summer, the gimmick of 3-D, led by "Avatar" and "Alice in Wonderland," helped push profits up because movie theaters can charge higher ticket prices for them, even while audience attendance was down.

"Last summer was the highest grossing summer of all time, with $4.35 billion in revenue," Dergarabedian said. "That's good news, right? Bad news, it was the lowest attended summer since 1997."

Now it seems as though everyone wants to jump on the 3-D bandwagon. There are no less than 15 movies coming out this summer with 3-D features.

For one, "The Smurfs" are back, but they have taken their adorable 2-D blue faces into the wacky 3-D realm. Judging from the trailer, they are sassier, quirkier and "smurf-ier" than ever before, whatever that means.

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