I know, It's something I've been seeing a lot of, too. Differences for the sake of being different rather than differences for the sake of being creative. Yes, creative people can do different things, but that doesn't mean they force them to; something lost on most artists hired. It's not merely a loss of subtly, but a loss of creatively. We are in the 90's again where things are totally "rad and you should buy them" or "something neat, original, and thus well-done" is made. However, the bar on the latter has been frighteningly lowered as well. People will buy cheaper products because they can be made on the internet and are used to it. Cartoons can be simply made through flash with overly simple designs because someone on Youtube can do it and make a shit load of money. Corporations are using this to their advantage under the realization that they can work less and earn more, effectively starving the newest generation with less-thoughtful "art" which is kept in a specified state of mediocrity. It can only be different in the way everything else seems "different".
What we need are consumers like us on /co/ to be more mindful of the hands that feed them. The mainstream consumer, specifically us Americans, have been so mentally starved from the need of originality that it's numbed us. We'll take something without questioning the depth it holds. Everyday, we are insulted. At least DC's comics division has put a priority on art over blandness and seek to please its audience, but this will not last forever.
Art is nearly dead, and while you call me a contrarian, realize that we have a remake of Lord of the Rings from Amazon coming out, Marvel Comics barely surviving by Star Wars comics, and Star Wars movies are even more hated then they were by the prequels at the time under Disney's fucking ownership. All that is sacred is being bought/sold between companies, simple people's dumbed-down politics determine what's art, and the only beacon of hope is death.