The Logan Institute for the Study of Superhero Masculinities

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



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”

Book Review – Reading Joss Whedon

My review of Reading Joss Whedon, an essay collection published by Syracuse University Press, is published in the latest issue of Science Fiction Film and Television. Continue reading “Book Review – Reading Joss Whedon”

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.

Continue reading “Trailer Trash Talk – Dawn of Justice”

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”

Book Review – Death, Disability, and the Superhero

Book Cover shows Gilles Barbier's art installation Nursing Home, from 2002. With title and authors name above it.Recently I reviewed the book Death, Disability and the Superhero: the silver age and beyond, by José Alaniz, from University Press of Mississippi. Continue reading “Book Review – Death, Disability, and the Superhero”

Daredevil Fails Us

I was so excited two weeks ago when I saw the trailer for Daredevil on Netflix. There was so much potential shown in their use of soundscape, lighting and visual angles to suggest an alternative world ‘view’. To put a blind man’s perspective on film was a challenge the directors seemed willing to face. To say I am disappointed is an understatement. (no plot spoilers) Continue reading “Daredevil Fails Us”

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