Tuesday, November 26, 2013

A (Super)Hero (News) Sandwich

Amy Peikoff's latest piece at her new blog, News Sandwich, takes on superheroes and their real life enemies…

Superhero movies have enjoyed tremendous financial success in recent years.Writes Steven Zeitchik for the Los Angeles Times, who was focusing on the Thorsequel’s recent success, “Superhero sequels make bank. It’s more surprising these days when a film in this vein doesn’t work.” Part of the reason for this may be that people realize that there’s something very wrong in the world today, even if they don’t know quite what it is, and they need an escape. (Those of us who know what’s wrong with today’s world are also reading or re-reading Atlas Shrugged or, according to some sources, maybe even buying guns.) What most everyone knows, however, is the escape value of superhero movies. When done well — let’s just pretend Green Lantern never happened — they can be tremendously entertaining.
The success of superhero movies is not, however, entirely due to the “escape” factor. Again, when done well, they can be incredibly inspiring. Those of us who have contributed to their box office success in recent years (raise your hand if, like me, you have seen some of these films multiple times) know first-hand how inspiring they can be.
Some party-poopers, however, say that those of us who continue to enjoy superhero movies, comics, etc., are stuck in a delayed adolescence of some kind. Case in point: Alan Moore, who, ironically, made his living and established his fame because of his work with…superheroes. Read the rest here

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