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Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics (2010)

A look at the history of the comic book publication that launched such legendary characters as Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman.

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Mac Carter
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Credited cast:
Ryan Reynolds ... Narrator
Lynda Carter ... Wonder Woman (archive footage)
Zack Snyder ... Himself (archive footage)
David Cronenberg ... Himself (archive footage)
Sam Huntington ... Jimmy Olsen (archive footage)
Margot Kidder ... Lois Lane (archive footage)
Bryan Singer ... Himself (archive footage)
Frank Langella ... Perry White (archive footage)
Francis Lawrence ... Himself (archive footage)
Neil Gaiman ... Himself
Richard Donner ... Himself (archive footage)
Ronald Reagan ... Himself (archive footage)
Pat Boone ... Himself (archive footage)
George Reeves ... Clark Kent / Superman (archive footage)
Jennifer Wenger ... Herself / Wonder Woman
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A look at the history of the comic book publication that launched such legendary characters as Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman.

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USA

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English

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9 November 2010 (USA) See more »

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Untitled DC Comics Documentary See more »

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Good historical and informative documentary of how DC changed it's comics along with the times and culture as each decade past.
27 July 2011 | by blanbrnSee all my reviews

I for one have always been a big fan of comics especially the brand made by DC, my favorite is "Batman". And after watching this documentary "Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics" one can respect and enjoy the companies start and history even more. As you see with the times and as each decade past DC changed the content of it's comics to fit the times more in a social, political, and demographic manner. The comics would become more dark and they would begin to have a graphic edge to them.

From the start as you watch this educational and informative film you will see how DC created the Super hero, using many of the early stories to fit the times of war and depression. Then you see how DC tied in with Warner Bros, and this would lead to broader appeals for Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman in the form of radio, TV, and big screen movies. As with each decade passed DC would shake things up changing stories in each comic to meet the ever changing times. The stories were more outspoken taking on political corruption as it was almost like that super heroes had to fight leaders and authority figures. Thru the 75 year history this lead to more writers and artist with an edge as they produced more modern and serious graphic novels.

As shown in the film comic books, and super heroes give us hope they are our dreams and escape from an ordinary way of life, as you feel that way and you even get that take during the film with interviews from well known historians, comic book inventors, and the film shows how comics and DC even though challenged impacted society, yet it's staying power is proved with TV, film and merchandise. Overall near excellent film that's informative and educational as you learn some stuff about DC that you may not have known. A must see for any comic book buff and history lover.


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