On the eve of the Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con let's talk about superheroes. Alot of directors, actors, and so forth have been complaining lately that all we see now are superhero movies. I have a few responses to that. First and foremost if they would stop remaking classics and come up with original content there would be more diverse movies. At least the superhero movies are based on previously published content but original in their depiction. Also, what is so bad about having superheros so strongly in the public eye?
I'm not sure when it started, I think it dates back to the original X-Men movie as the turning point. Comics have been around for years but it has only been a recent resurgence of them in today's contemporary society that makes me smile.
Now more than ever we need heroes. We need something to look towards that makes us feel empowered. Superheroes do that. Watching their adventures unfold on the big or little screens allows us to live vicariously through them. And more than that we walk away feeling as though we can do the impossible ourselves, even if that impossible is just getting up in the morning.
It is especially rewarding to see the little kids get behind their favorite characters which is why I applaud the actors like Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Chris Pratt, etc. who go out (costumes or not) to meet and greet with the youngsters who adore them. Imagine being a sick little kid and your hero comes to say hi. That magic moment gives you the power to fight on.
In a world ravaged by terrorism, sensationalist media, riots, and ridiculous stories that shouldn't even be broadcast as news, it is the superhero that stands above. They get people to rally and play and enjoy themselves. It's something that you can share whether you're 8 or 80, boy or girl, rich or poor. Superheroes transcend it all. I hope they stay around for a long while.
And as a writer I've been inspired to create something of my own superhero character...stay tuned for more!
So, who is your favorite superhero?
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