Friday, April 13, 2012

Super Hero CineMania

Ken O’Brien

The advent of CGI animation and motion capture technology in cinema has been a boon to the comics industry.

Once regarded as the domain of adolescent fantasies, the universe of fictional super heroes has moved beyond its former pulp incarnation to a new stage. Once dismissed as “comic books” they have gained new status as “graphic novels”.

In the process the characters in them have found a dynamic life in cinema. Their fantastic exploits are uniquely suited to the modern dynamics of computer based movie making as well as the “blockbuster” mentality of the film industry.

Some of these productions have been iconic in their execution (“The Dark Knight”, Iron Man”, or “Spiderman”) while others have been abysmal (“The Hulk” or “Green Lantern”)

Just as the discovery of gold at Sutter’s Mill sparked the gold rush of 1849, so the monumental dollars spent by fans to view these flicks has led to a rush to translate these cultural memes to the big screen.

The year ahead has a calendar filled with new additions to this genre.

The following is a sample of what is currently in the works.

From DC Comics
Man of Steel (2012)

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Aquaman (2012)

Justice League (2013)

From Marvel Comics

The Avengers (2012)

X-Men: Cyclops (2012)

The Amazing Spiderman (2012)

The Hulk 3 (2012)

Iron Man 3 (2013)


  1. The problem with Superman is he is too powerful. Also, he is a bit of a goody-goody, and how's he gonna make time with Lois Lane being the Man of Steel and all? Half the time she's gonna wonder if he's looking at other girls' underpants with his x-ray vision. Superman is boring. Even Clark Kent is more interesting than Superman.

    There has never been a better batman since the original movie with Adam West, Cesar Romero, Frank Goshen, Burgess Meredith, and the dude who played the butler. That movie rocks to this day, even though it has to be at least 35 years old.

    After that one, the Batman movies got all dark and serious, and brooding, and serioso. Batman did way too much talking and not enough slugging ('Bamm!', 'Pow!!!', 'Phlop!!!').

    Even so, I hold out hope for the Avengers. I will definitely check that one out. Maybe it will be an instant classic like the original Spiderman with Tobey Maguire. As I said, I am holding out hope.

  2. I'm still waiting for the Duke Boys to ride into town in the general lee and save the day. It will be shown on local access tv titled the Dump of Hazard - that is if they record and save it right or figure out the microphone situation. Everything is local -ly pathetic.


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