Articles tagged superheroes

Warner Bros. Unveils a Slate of Superhero Films After Poor Summer

Warner Bros. has unveiled a slate of superhero films that the big Hollywood studio believes will help drive profit after it suffered through an uncharacteristically poor summer.

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The Victor Belongs to the Spoils: 75 Summers of the Batman

Just a single thought about what Batman has come to mean over the last 75 years.

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Evolution of the Superman Part 3: Man AND Superman

Previously “To Be Continued...” discussed the early versions of Superman and how he evolved from one-off villain to science fiction hero to costumed strongman to the actual flying, heat visioning, powerhouse he became by the 1970s. But with so much power, how could the first superhero possibly remain challenging?

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The Comics Writer and the Fall of the Superpowers

We often think of comic books as the height of escapism, but recent events point to an industry in a death spiral, due in no small part to how badly it mistreats the writers on which it depends.

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We Can Be Heroes: Talking ‘Supergods’ with Grant Morrison

Grant Morrison’s ability to make connections between seemingly humdrum events and grandiose ideas becomes infectious. Reading Supergods and immersing in his ideas gives one as much kick as a radioactive spider bite.

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‘The Superman Motion Picture Anthology, 1978-2006’: My Supermania, Reawakened

Most of the films in this anthology will be kryptonite to you. But if you are looking for the origins of the 20th century's pop culture fascination with gods and heroes, this is the set for you.

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Comics Superheroes Leap Across the Great Cultural Divide

Bounding from the pages of comic books onto the screens of films and TV, our superheroes unite formerly divided interests -- comics geeks vs. everyone else.

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From Pin-Ups to Ass-Kickers: Girls in Comics Go Through Transitions

The original Supergirl and her readers would no doubt be scandalized by the current length of her skirt and exposed skin, not to mention her toned physique.

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‘Manga and Philosophy’: More Connections Than You Might Think

The latest volume in Open Court's Popular Culture and Philosophy series casts a philosophical eye on the world of manga.

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Let Us Now Praise Ordinary Men: Normalcy, Comics, and The Dark Knight

Without a couple of recognizably fallible and ordinary men like Harvey Dent and Commissioner Gordon at its center, The Dark Knight would ultimately be nothing more than an exceptionally well-tooled and smartly-acted thriller.

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What the World Needs Now: Society’s Desperate Need for Superheroes

Hollywood has finally discovered what comic book fans have known all along: superheroes serve as brightly-colored, two-dimensional extensions of ourselves.

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4 Aug 2008 // 6:22 AM

The cineplex has been filled with superheroes all summer - and last week’s Comic-Con convention fairly brimmed with Caped Crusader wannabes. But how do

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With ‘The Dark Knight,’ superhero movies take a flying leap toward maturity

Even before shooting had wrapped on “The Dark Knight” last year, the movie already seemed destined to become the defining film of the 2008 summer season.

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Resident evil: Every comic book hero needs a memorable villain

Being bad may never have been this good before. The early consensus is Heath Ledger is nearly perfect as the Joker in “The Dark Knight,”

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2 Jun 2008 // 10:00 PM

Superheroes by Harold Koda, Andrew Bolton, Michael Chabon

What do Iceman and Armani have in common? A love of the tight, chic and fabulous.

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27 Nov 2007 // 9:00 PM

Hero by Perry Moore

Not since Superfolks by Robert Mayer, has there been a novel as important to contemporary superhero mythology, and subsequently, the comic book medium.

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Reading Comics by Douglas Wolk

Wolk discusses each selection with a fan's enthusiasm and a critic's eye for detail.

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The Wow Climax by Henry Jenkins

Jenkins is writing about things that make him go "wow," but he needs to remember his readers won't always feel the same way.

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The Best and Worst Films of Spring 2015

// Short Ends and Leader

"January through April is a time typically made up of award season leftovers, pre-summer spectacle, and more than a few throwaways. Here are PopMatters' choices for the best and worst of the last four months.

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