Stories about Superhero

Dark and grim, Joker is iconic and not your average comic book movie

Superheroes are the talk of the town and have been so for nearly a decade now. Every year, Hollywood churns out a handful of superhero flicks for the audience to feast on. There are many popular superheroes out there. Batman, Superman, Iron Man, Wolverine, Wonder Woman, Spider-man and probably a million more with a huge fan base. While it’s easy to be a good guy and develop a fan base, doing so as a villain is where things get really hard. Unlike superheroes, not every villain is able to break out and become a sensation. The only villain that ...

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Shazam! has as much muscle as our titular superhero

It was Superman who made his debut in Action Comics #1 in 1938 and made the superhero genre a sensation, but after Shazam (or Captain Marvel at that time) debuted in 1940, it was outselling the Man of Steel in comic book sales. This was probably the reason why Shazam was also the very first comic book superhero to be adapted into a film. Tom Tyler portrayed Shazam in the 1941 movie, The Adventures of Captain Marvel. But after DC Comics bought the rights to the character and reintroduced him as Shazam in 1972, the character went silent, mostly because people ...

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Captain Marvel is merely a fun pit stop to a promising Endgame

Carol Danvers (played by Brie Larson) is a game-changing addition to Marvel’s superhero canon. One wonders why the movie does not feel as momentous as it should. There’s much to admire about Captain Marvel. It’s a cookie-cutter superhero film, but with a female lead as its primary variant. Carol as Captain Marvel is breathtakingly unique among the comic series’ women characters. Unlike Mystique, Black Widow or Jean Gray’s Dark Phoenix, there is no reference subtle or explicit to Carol’s sexuality or feminine guile. The blockbuster passes the oddly elusive Bechdel Test with flying colours – which means there are at least ...

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Did Jake Gyllenhaal as Mysterio just steal Spider-Man’s thunder in Far From Home?

He’s alive! He’s alive! The trailer for Spidey’s next adventure titled Spider-Man: Far From Home finally dropped. From the looks of it, our friendly neighbourhood superhero somehow finally came back to life after vanishing into thin air after Thanos infamously snapped his fingers to cut the world’s population by half. Although we don’t know how Peter Parker (Tom Holland) comes back to life (we will know that once Avengers: Endgame hits the theatres), we do know that he will have to at some point. The trailer kicks off with Spider-Man attending a charity event (something I think Aunt May convinced him ...

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Unconventional yet inventive, Aquaman puts a struggling DC Universe back on track

The ‘DC Extended Universe’, or the ‘World of DC’ or whatever it is being called these days, hasn’t had a good start which is quite obvious judging by the critical reception its movies have been receiving. Although DC movies have done well financially, (except a few misfires like Justice League) they were attacked by critics and fans weren’t impressed either. Wonder Woman is the only DC movie to date which ended up being both, a critical and commercial success. Post the debacle that was Justice League, DC needed a revamp and all hopes were on James Wan’s Aquaman starring Jason ...

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Can its ‘silly’ story help Aquaman swim its way to the top?

With the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) still looking to hit its stride the same way Marvel has, their latest film Aquaman provides them with a welcome opportunity to do so by going the traditional origin-story route, with a character that isn’t that well-known to most mainstream comicbook fans. Now, the story of Aquaman is fairly silly when compared to other DC heroes, which poses a bigger challenge to properly bring it to the screen, especially with DC’s history of making movies that are overly self-serious. But judging by the trailer, DC seems to have adopted a far lighter tone with this film, while keeping the seriousness ...

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Can Shazam! do for DC what Iron Man did for Marvel?

DC Extended Universe (DCEU), the rushed cinematic universe which longs to replicate what Marvel Cinematic Universe has already achieved, came crashing down when Justice League underperformed at the box office and didn’t impress the critics either. But fortunately, Warner Bros has come up with a new strategy that focuses on standalone movies instead of movies which are interconnected, and this might exactly be what the DCEU needs at the moment. DCEU has many standalone movies slated to release in the coming years, but the one I am most excited about is Shazam!, and its teaser trailer, which was revealed at ...

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Is Priyanka Chopra the ideal choice for Pakistani-Muslim teenage superhero Ms Marvel?

Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) will be entering phase four of its production post Avengers 4, which releases in 2019. Only two movies, a Spider-man sequel and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol III, had been announced for phase four, but recently, Kevin Fiege, president of Marvel Studios, while talking to BBC said that the studio was planning to introduce Ms Marvel to the MCU as well, and that the plans to do so were in the works. Ms Marvel aka Kamala Khan is a teenage Pakistani-American superhero. She was first introduced in 2013 as a young girl, who was inspired by ...

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Black Panther is hypnotic, imaginative and nothing like anything you would have ever seen

After spending thousands of hours watching films over the years, I rarely come across anything that I haven’t already watched before in a slightly different guise. It doesn’t necessarily mean that we have run out of good cinema. It is just that someone like me who is a prolific movie-watcher hardly gets to experience a work of cinematic art these days, which is truly novel. But to my utter surprise, I did manage to find such a gem and that too in the most unlikeliest of places. Imagine my astonishment when I went in to watch a Marvel movie ...

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The Lego Batman Movie: Not as inventive as its prequel, but just as enjoyable

After the triumphant cinematic debut of the Lego franchise with 2014’s joyous The Lego Movie, we return to the interlocking­-bricks realm in The Lego Batman Movie, an amusing spin-off that may not be as inventive as the first instalment, but certainly proves to be just as enjoyable as its Oscar-snubbed predecessor. Will Arnett, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, and Adam Devine in The LEGO Batman Movie (2017).Photo: IMDb. Zach Galifianakis in The LEGO Batman Movie (2017).Photo: IMDb. The focus of the animated adventure is on the Lego version of DC Comics’ Batman the Caped Crusader Batman (voiced by Will Arnett) who ...

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