Vol. 9, issue 2 of UBC’s film journal is now available.
Like a malevolent villain – the Skrull, say, or Galactus (hey, do I know my stuff or what) – superhero movies have taken over the planet.
It seems you can’t turn on the TV, go to a movie or visit a website without coming across ads, trailers or reviews for the things (of course, some people even go see them in theatres!). Since The Avengers did a billion dollars in box office receipts and the continued success of the Thor and Iron Man series, not to mention the Dark Knight trio of flicks - and isn’t that Spider-Man swinging around the moviehouse this week? - Hollywood has gone comic-book crazy.
But what does it all mean? Sure, some movie critics in the serious mainstream press occasionally talk about the bigger picture, and how the latest X-Men move is actually about racial profiling or whatever. But there’s more going on here, and that’s the idea behind the latest issue of Cinephile.
Vol. 9 No. 2 of the film journal, a quarterly publication from the film studies department at the University of British Columbia, looks at The Superhero Film.
Behind the cowl – UBC’s academic look at superhero movies