The Logan Institute for the Study of Superhero Masculinities

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The best of what I read on the web about Ghostbusters

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Trailer Trash Talk – Ghostbusters


I love Ghostbusters. The cartoon, the original movie, that daft song. Yes, it’s humour tends to excuse Peter Brinkman’s appalling attitude towards women, and it’s tokenisation of Winston Zeddemore (yes, he had a surname!!) means Ernie Hudson goes chronically underemployed. But Sigourney Weaver is great as Dana Barratt, and not just a damsel in distress. That she left Brinkman, as seen in the sequel, and demands better for her child as a single mother is one of the least stigmatising representations of a strong woman in an 80s comedy. All girl reboot? Yeah! Continue reading “Trailer Trash Talk – Ghostbusters”

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”

Recipe for Superheroism

A couple of weeks ago, the wiki-leaks Sony hack turned up a licensing agreement between Sony Pictures and Marvel, setting out legally binding parameters for the character Spider-Man and his civilian alter-ego Peter Parker. This is, in no uncertain terms, an officially sanctioned definition of gendered heroism. Continue reading “Recipe for Superheroism”

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)”

About the outfits guys…

Last Saturday I saw the wonderful Andrew O’Neill‘s History of Heavy Metal comedy gig, and you should too! His fantastic riff on the influence of queer subcultural fashion on metal bands, via Rob Halford’s closet, struck a chord (pun intended) with anyone familiar with certain children’s cartoons too…  For those of you not sat in front of your televisions religiously between 8.30-10am on a Saturday morning in the late 80s and early 90s, here is a rundown of the heroic characters I grew up on, and their Muscle Mary aesthetic. Continue reading “About the outfits guys…”

Article round-up – good stuff by other people

Beast wearing spectacles and reading from a tabletSpring cleaning my bookmarks and sharing the best of the bunch for your delectation and enlightenment… in no particular order Continue reading “Article round-up – good stuff by other people”

Emperor’s New Feathers

I have been trying to write this for some time. I saw this film over a month ago, and have been pondering it ever since, talking about it over dinner, on buses, reading endless reviews. Clearly Birdman (Alejandro González Iñárritu, 2015) is essential viewing for those interested in masculine identity and superheroes. Continue reading “Emperor’s New Feathers”

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