The Logan Institute for the Study of Superhero Masculinities

A blog for film fans, comic geeks, and aca-nerds.



Trailer Trash Talk – Dawn of Justice

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

This post covers all the official trailers, including the latest ‘super serious epic’ trailer embedded above. They all sucked equally hard. Which sounds like a Deadpool line about the protagonists, and I’m ok with that.

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Batman v Superman v Everyone Else

Zack Snyder, director of upcoming super-slugfest Batman V Superman, has come out swinging himself. But what exactly is his target, with comments like:

“I feel like Batman and Superman are transcendent of superhero movies in a way, because they’re Batman and Superman, they’re not just, like, the flavor of the week Ant-Man — not to be mean, but whatever it is. What is next Blank-Man?”

What exactly does transcend mean here? Continue reading “Batman v Superman v Everyone Else”

Deadpool: one long dick joke

…But it’s a good one!

With great power comes great irresponsibility…

Nice. I see what you did there. Continue reading “Deadpool: one long dick joke”

The Invisible Man(liness)

The English language centres masculinity and maleness as a default position. Man – its our word for our species, it’s a suffix that denotes a specific role (chairman, layman, spokesman, He-Man). It could be argued that this is just a linguistic quirk, that it is not evidence of an inherent sexism in the culture that produced and uses this language. I am not going to make that argument. Continue reading “The Invisible Man(liness)”

Anatomically Correct?

We have become used to the idea, rather recently, that our live action superheroes resemble those drawn on the page and in animations, in terms of their exaggerated physicality. Christopher Reeve’s Superman was certainly well-built and muscular, but his simple lycra onesie revealed only the general outline of the heroic man, not his constituent parts. Henry Cavill’s outfit, by contrast, ensures that the viewer is left in no doubt as to how and where his hard-won muscle groupings lie. Continue reading “Anatomically Correct?”

Sailor Moon Vs Batman

Colour and Costuming

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Wounded Heroes, Scarred Villains

The wound is not just an ontological category, a thing, it is part of a process – from the initial blow or piercing injury to the body, through the healing stages, we still refer to the damaged area as wounded. A wound may bleed, gape, fester, heal; it is part of living flesh, a chapter of a story of the body. The scar, however, is dead flesh. A scar is an old wound, a finished process, unchanging. Continue reading “Wounded Heroes, Scarred Villains”

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