No, you just get people trying to bring what they consider a "niche subject matter" to a wider audience. You don't see them doing zany things with Batman, Superman, and Spiderman because just about every person in America knows who they are. But Dragonball, Electra, Mortal Kombat, He-man, Highlander? These guys are niche. I'm not saying it's the right thing to do (look how well Ironman turned out by playing it straight, and he's pretty much a B-level guy), but that's what execs do. They think toys, merchandise, and as much money as possible.. In most cases, if they think they can make money by cheaping out on the movie budget, they will cheap out.