The Logan Institute for the Study of Superhero Masculinities

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



How to tell if your boyfriend’s immortal

A reboot of the Highlander franchise has apparently got a script, so I am taking the opportunity to explore previous representations of immortal heroes.

So, you’re a fictional character apparently willing to date very cagey guys, and you meet a hot one, but he’s got some weird habits: suddenly leaving with no explanation, keeping odd hours, the occasional bandage that never lasts more than a day or two. You might have fallen for an immortal hero. Here’s a handy checklist… Continue reading “How to tell if your boyfriend’s immortal”

Guitar SuperHero Hails Hydra

Gutterdämmerung‘s white masculine power fantasy

The first feature film from an artist, photographer, and former advert director, with a great rock music score? Well, Highlander became a classic of films so bad they’re wonderful. I was fully prepared to enjoy this rock-n-roll wannabe epic. Continue reading “Guitar SuperHero Hails Hydra”

I Can Be Your Hero, Baby

I can kiss away your tears.

What the hell is with the Enrique Iglesias reference? We all know I have better taste in music. But I think it’s interesting that this pop song equates heroism with emotional support. I think the idea of a hero as emotionally engaged with the people they save is implicit in much of our superhero fictions. However, it’s rarely made explicit, except through romantic connections male heroes often form with women they save. Continue reading “I Can Be Your Hero, Baby”

Star Justice Wars

A lot has been written recently about certain online roving gangs and their decision to ‘boycott’ the new new Star Wars offering The Force Awakens. Their reasoning apparently being that without a white man in a central heroic role the series is ruined, ruined I tell you!!

How have they missed the critique of white patriarchy so clearly, but imperfectly, structured into the first trilogy? How have they come to a definition that heroism is about a white man’s lone triumph? Continue reading “Star Justice Wars”

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”

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