#5. Certain Genres Simply Don’t Mix With Superhero Films (Because of Death) Superhero films are their own sub-genre, like sports, romance, or fantasy. Now, with most other films, mixing genres has become almost the norm — we see horror comedies and sports romances and fantasy sports action comedies all the time. The problem with superhero movies is that they all adhere to a very specific set of hard and fast rules that we’ve all come to expect. For example: - The hero never dies (because we want sequels). - There has to be a villain (because we want conflict). - There has to be over-the-top action (because everyone is superhuman). It becomes really difficult to inject elements of other genres when you have to stick to that road map in order to be successful. You can’t have high levels of tension or drama in a film that has already announced its next two sequels.