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peak superhero

If we haven’t reached peak superhero yet we are close.

The Marvel and D.C. universes fight it out for dominance on the big screen for our attention spans and our cash.

Last night my son wanted to see Wonder Woman which I thought was great. The movie was far superior to the cheesy 1970’s Linda Carter version and it showed me how far we have come in terms of featuring a strong female lead. Not only wouldn’t this have made the silver screen back when I was his age, but even if it had been we might have been criticized by our peers for wanting to see it.

This is escapism with a message and it plays well to an audience who isn’t remotely aware of the origins of these characters. For me it was a 15 cent purchase at the local corner store which resulted in amassing a little collection in a cardboard box; my last addition was probably made at age 12.

We have changed comic books to graphic novels and I see twentie-somethings reading them on their tablets or in hard copy on the subway. I haven’t been able to explain the phenomena but maybe it plays to the idea that we are delaying growing up which is also why 50 is the new 40. People just had to grow up that much faster during harder periods in history.

I can see the saturation point coming and there will need to be a reprieve before something else is invented to captivate us. In an era where the banal is so easily celebrated it won’t take much to capture the imagination of another group of true believers.

Somehow it’s strange to think my kids will look back fondly at these movies as part of their coming of age history and it makes me realize how much things can gain in sentimental value with the passage of time.

Lone ranger or Green Hornet anyone?


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  1. Hmm, yeah, Lone Ranger yes, but I never got into the Green Hornet. Star Trek (Yeoman Rand!), That Girl, I Dream of Jeanie, Bewitched, The Girl from U.N.C.L.E., The Avengers... notice any patterns? πŸ’ƒπŸΌ

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    1. That Girl with Margo Thomas!

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    2. Yeah, although I could never see myself with her boyfriend Donald, I so envied her.

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  2. "People just had to grow up faster during harder periods in history."

    Not sure I agree. πŸ˜‰

    I think once certaIn immediate obstacles to survival are conquered, we realize there is still much maturing left to go. But older generations are not necessarily prepared to, or even realize they need to, train younger ones to steady themselves for uncharted emotional territory.

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