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Why Everybody Loves Superheros (Flick’s Report)

Posted on | May 11, 2012 | Add Comments

It all started in 1978, when Richard Donner’s Superman, starring Christopher Reeve and Margrot Kidder. But now modern superhero films are taking the screen; no more strings to pull Superman through the sky, today it’s CG. Why are The Dark Knight Rises and The Amazing Spider Man  some of this summer’s most anticipated films? The Avengers just opened and received a 93% fresh on rottentomatoes.com, plus it broke opening weekend records with a high flying $207 million. In this article, the popularity of “masked vigilantes”, “dark knights”, “iron men”, and more will be explained.The following explanation of why superheros are so popular is a guess, not necessarily a fact. People have always wanted to be transported away from their everyday lives… so why not watch mythical beings battling evil people? “It’s a lot of fun!” says the half the world that’s now obsessed with it. Some because they love action, some because they think the A-list actors are great, and some who like the comics in the first place and say “Hey let’s go watch the movie.” This summer will feature Spider Man and Batman returning to the big screen (The Avengers was released last week). Batman will star in the presumably last film in Christopher Nolan’s critically acclaimed trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises. Meanwhile, Spider Man will be web slinging back onto the big screen with The Amazing Spider Man, directed by Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer). I am expecting both to be hits, however almost certainly Dark Knight Rises will do better.These days the films doing the best at the box office are (mostly) films with lots of action; the Transformer movies, superhero movies, the Pirates of the Caribbean movies…The list goes on and on. Are they always good? No. Are superhero movies? No. But when they are done right they can be a joy to watch for comic fans, critics, or even just any old moviegoer. When they’re done right  you won’t feel like you’ve wasted your money. When they are done right… you can fly. (Not really, but you get the point.)

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