The list of superhero movies include Superman movies, Batman, Spiderman, the Hulk, Wolverine, Captain America, the Avengers as a group, and recently Guardians of the Galaxy and Wonder Woman, to be followed by Transformers, another Spider-Man, Thor, and others.
The question is, why?
Why are we revisiting the world of superheroes who stood for truth, justice, and the American way, when our society seems to be moving away from those values? Truth is relative, justice is questioned and even a bit slippery, and globalization seems to be far more important than the American anything.
And yet our movies harken back to the silver era of comics that trotted out one superhero after another who set to right what was wrong in society, effecting change one person at a time.
Why do we want to see movies about superheroes now?
Are the movie makers altering the superhero’s DNA to fit the liberal agendas of those behind the scenes, or does the superhero of today hold fast to his or her once-clear principles? I don’t have anything with which to compare them because I was not a comic book reader, apart from the occasional Superman or Spiderman story I read when I was visiting my cousins.
But I find it fascinating that we have come back to the superhero in an age when fathers aren’t considered super or heroic, when government officials are not respected, when police are considered untrustworthy by many, when lawyers are mocked and judges are politicized, when clergy are denigrated. In other words, where are the real-life heroes?
Are we turning to a fictitious superhero of the past because we long for heroes or because we want to mold them into a new image to fit with the facts of contemporary society?
I’d love to hear your thoughts.