The Logan Institute for the Study of Superhero Masculinities

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



The Science of Superheroism

It’s an old argument among comics fans: aim for realism, or enjoy the fantastic? Continue reading “The Science of Superheroism”

Book: The X-Men Films – A Cultural Analysis

Hot off the press!

Book cover - The X-Men Films a Cultural Analysis. Shows a tunnel barred by an 'x' shaped metal barrier.

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”

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”

Feel the Force

As a certain set of super-powered heroes returned to cinemas this week, here’s a link to Unwinnable magazine’s I Love Star Wars edition.

cover of Unwinnable magazine: with red, heart shaoed deathstar image Continue reading “Feel the Force”

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”

The Unbearable Whiteness of Being Chris

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”

Trailer Trash Talk – Age of Ultron

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.

Continue reading “Trailer Trash Talk – Age of Ultron”

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?”

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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