It’s an old argument among comics fans: aim for realism, or enjoy the fantastic? Continue reading “The Science of Superheroism”
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You’re interested in the analysis of popular culture, and superheroes especially – I have to assume if you read this blog that you are – so this is a book you will want to read! Continue reading “Book: The X-Men Films – A Cultural Analysis”
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”
There’s a Nietzschean joke in the above image somewhere about supermen, and the abyss staring back at you. I just haven’t found it yet. Continue reading “The Unbearable Whiteness of Being Chris”
The Age of Ultron (Joss Whedon, 2015) trailers are three nicely paced little snapshots, each with a different feel. But overall, I felt something was lacking.
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?”
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”