Summer box office season has become synonymous with superhero movies over the course of the past decade, but what does our insatiable lust for tales of men (and women… but mostly men) in spandex really say about us a culture? That’s what the latest installment of PBS’ Idea Channel looks to answer.
It’s not every day that you hear Batman mentioned in the same breath as Thomas Carlyle’s Great Man Theory, but the video does make an interesting and compelling case for our current obsession with superhero movies being more than just mankind wanting to see good vanquish evil in spectacular fashion. The video gets into some fairly heady concepts, and we’re not entirely sure the argument that comic book heroes are the modern-day equivalent of the myths of previous cultures and generations is one we agree with, but the clip certainly will give you a lot to think about.
With Hollywood churning out an average of six superhero films per year since 2000 (more than the previous 26 years’ output), and no sign of our interest in these characters dying anytime soon, this may be as good a time as any to explore why these films resonate with us so deeply. Is it the spectacle? Is it our need to see great and powerful men create order from the chaos around us? Is it a fictional security blanket that keeps us feeling safe in a post 9/11 world? We don’t know the answer, but we’d definitely be interested in hearing more theories like the ones raised in the video. Check it out below and see what you think.
[via Filmmaker IQ]
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