Why Do We Take Superheroes So Damn Seriously?

Right now every geek worth their blood soaked katana is taking a deep breath for Kick-Ass 2, like the last sigh before the blade plunges into the jugular. The upcoming sequel to the 2010 action-comedy has lit up the Interwebs for months as fans salivate for Kick-Ass, Hit-Girl and Red Mist (appropriately renamed The Motherfucker). It is the week of potty-mouthed characters, plus Jim Carrey (whether he wants to be associated with it or not), in a big screen version of the Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. comic book, with all the entrails that entails.

Yet, at the root of these cheeky movies and their even darker, more depressing source material, is a simple question: what would superheroes look like in our world? Truthfully, neither page nor film takes this mystery too seriously. The movies are full of bright colors and Sam Raimi inspired visual trappings while the books are only slightly more muted, if only to turn the violence up to 11. They both feature a pint-sized assassin with...

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Hergula1164d ago

Speak for yourself... I don't take "superheroes damn seriousl".

darklordzor1164d ago

It's the nature of the medium. Movies and even comics hit on real-world issues at times and attempt to make statements on them, so sometimes it's hard NOT to take them seriously, unless they go all out cheesy like the 60s Batman show.

Genki1164d ago

It isn't the nature of the medium, hence the name 'comic'. To address the subject at hand, I think that whatever fits the characters, subject matter, and setting should be the ideal approach. Not every movie needs to be The Dark Knight, nor do they have to be Spider-Man '02.

darklordzor1163d ago

"Comic" doesn't equal non-serious either. Since the first comics released, they've frequently been used by artists and storytellers to hit on real-world issues and provide a sort of social commentary.

dcrowsneset1163d ago

I would actually argue the development of using superheroes as a diving board into social allegory is a relatively recent phenomenon in the last 30 or so years (at least anything beyond, say, suggesting that Peter Parker's journey is that of the everyman with financial and romantic woes). And in the article I examine the influences of why that happened to the comics in the 1980s and to superhero films in the 2000s.

tristanwerbe1163d ago

people like them especially when it comes to Batman and Spiderman for the story, as Batman is just a man with money, high combat skills, smarts, tech, etc. and use it to fight back against the crime that killed his parents and consumed the city he loved while dealing with the police after him and such, while Spiderman follows peter parker a high school student at first who randomly gets bit by chance and makes a decison not to help the guy who was robbed and because of that is uncle is shoot and he vows that with great power there must also come great responsibility, as his life progresses after that he has trouble balancing out his life between spiderman and peter while the city hates him, cops are after him, super villians, love triangles, and so much more in his life that he even quits at one point because he is one the point of a breakdown, Superhero movies like the Avengers and Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk are all good to but in terms of story people mainly like Batman as of recent (Dark Knight) and Spiderman as well (Rami Spiderman, Spectacular Spiderman, Amazing Spiderman)