Wheeler Winston Dixon's A Brief History of Comic Book Movies PDF

By Wheeler Winston Dixon

ISBN-10: 331947183X

ISBN-13: 9783319471839

ISBN-10: 3319471848

ISBN-13: 9783319471846

A short historical past of comedian publication Movies strains the meteoric upward push of the hybrid paintings kind of the comedian e-book movie. those movies hint their origins again to the early Forties, whilst the 1st Batman and Superman serials have been made. The serials, and later tv indicates within the Fifties and 60s, have been for the main half designed for kids. yet this day, with the continued upward push of Comic-Con, they appear to be extra part of the mainstream than ever, attractive to adults in addition to more youthful enthusiasts. This e-book examines comedian booklet videos from the prior and current, exploring how those movies formed American tradition from the post-World struggle II period to the current day, and the way they tailored to the altering tastes and mores of succeeding generations.

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Thor: The Dark World (2013), directed by Alan Taylor, continued the narrative of Branagh’s previous film, in a story that teams Thor with Loki to fight an ancient evil. In 2014, Anthony and Joe Russo helmed one of the most effective Marvel films to date, Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The film scored a coup in casting Robert Redford as the mysterious Alexander Pierce, which brought a new level of legitimacy to the superhero film. Redford, a huge icon in the 1960s and 1970s, had never made a comic book film before, but the chance to play a slick, corporate villain was simply too tempting to pass up, and he sailed through the role with ease.

Iron Man was a smash hit, with a $585 million worldwide box office gross, and confidently launched Marvel as a major production company. ’s conflicted hero borrowed elements from comic book mythology, and earlier Marvel and DC films. Tony’s home basement, where he and his robots work to design his Iron Man suit, is reminiscent of Batman’s Batcave, while the space flight acrobatics evoke images of Superman. Iron Man’s origin tale ended with what eventually became a signature of the MCU, the post-credit scene.

The strongest arc in Bryan Singer’s X-Men and X2 is the issue of Wolverine’s acceptance by his fellow mutants, while Brett Ratner’s hit-and-miss X-Men: The Last Stand worked through his doomed relationship with the all-powerful Phoenix. However, the awkwardly titled X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) by Gavin Hood dropped that promising approach to concentrate on a succession of scenes that can essentially be described as Wolverine encountering some new foe, and then engaging in battle. “There’s no such thing as irreparable damage to a movie franchise, but X-Men Origins: Wolverine was as close as you can get,” said Jonah Weiland, executive producer of Comic Book Resources (as quoted in Akitunde).

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