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Comic Books & Superheroes (2001)

Video  |   |  Documentary, Short  |  26 June 2001 (USA)
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Comic book writers and artists discuss the depiction of superheroes in the medium.

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Superheroes: Then And Now
3 July 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Samuel Jackson, the co-star of "Unbreakable," with Bruce Willis, hosts this extra feature on the two-disc special-edition DVD.

Jackson and others talk about their days as kids enjoying superhero comic books and how that is a normal thing young boys do: pretending and dreaming of being some sort of super hero. A woman gives her opinions here, too; it isn't just all males.

The topic of "good" vs. "evil" also is discussed.

Later in the feature, today's comic book artists talk about their work. It's a sad statement that these guys, men like Frank Miller ("Sin City") have a such a bleak outlook toward superheros and paint them with such "feet of clay." Today's comic "heroes" are anything but good role models, as is acknowledged here, and that's frightening because this what young kids today are reading. They don't get any feel for "good," just "evil," because nobody is pictured in a positive light in today's action comics.

It's a far cry from the days of "Superman" and "Batman." I was glad to see a few people point that out because Miller, to me, comes across here just like his characters: a dark person with a twisted, very cynical outlook on life.


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