quarta-feira, 2 de setembro de 2009

Superhero Movies


Following a flurry of whizzing blue lights, the camera pans down from the stars to a lonely crystalline planet. Moving closer, a solitary dome is revealed amidst a cityscape built from large shards of glass. Inside, a stodgy-looking Marlon Brando, dotted with sequins, is passing judgement on an irate Terence Stamp. Not long after, this barren planet Krypton explodes; its sole survivor, an infant destined for Earth.

So opens Richard Donner’s 1978 film Superman, and with it the modern age of superhero movies.

Recently, Superman returned to find he was not the only superhero flying the cinematic skies.

Among the Man of Steel’s many rivals include his DC Comics stablemate Batman, who, after detoxing from an overdose of mid-1990s camp, has returned to his cape and cowl career with renewed vigour and purpose.

A number of young turks have also been tugging at Superman’s cape, the most eager being the arachnid-themed wunderkind Spider-Man, who not only adopted Superman’s red-and-blue style, but seems intent on rivalling the Man of Steel’s film output.

With blind vigilantes, schools of mutants and the occasional green goliath, the Last Son of Krypton now has a big super-family.

Today it seems that, after decades of struggle, caped wonders are making the leap to the screen in a single bound.

But why has this super-surge taken place now, when supermen have been righting wrongs since the pages of Action Comics #1 in 1938?


Contents
Introduction: In a Single Bound? Superheroes on Screen

1. The Last Son of Krypton, Earth’s First Superhero
2. Supermen with Feet of Clay
3. Vigilante Justice
4. Family First
5. Strength in Numbers
6. Wonder Women
7. Supernatural Superheroes
8. Superbad
9. ‘Nuff Said!
10. Excelsior! A one-on-one with Stan Lee

Index


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