• The Joker art in pastels
    Articles,  Films/Movies/Cinema

    The Dark Knight – twelve years later

    American TV critic James Poniewozik has talked about every generation’s need to “remake its screen superheroes in its own image.” At first glance, it’s indisputable. But when you think about the fact that on July 18, 2020, The Dark Knight completed twelve years, and consider its continued, if not increased, relevance, it begs the question of what makes certain works of art timeless. What is it about them that appeals and conforms to every zeitgeist? To do that, we need to go back in time, to the genesis of the modern-day superhero, before whizzing forward to 2008 when Nolan’s genius…

  • Superman On The Couch
    Books,  General,  Reviews

    Superman On The Couch: What Superheroes Really Tell Us About Ourselves And Our Society (Danny Fingeroth).

    I’m the first to admit that I love superheroes. But I’m also the first to give the disclaimer of being a relative beginner when it comes to calling myself a comic book fan. In the intertextual, modern world of today, we face interesting dilemmas where many of the newer fans of the genre have their introduction (and hence subsequent knowledge, and much of the exposure) from the screen or TV versions of their superheroes. My personal introduction was via comic books as a kid but much of my later relationship with the field has been through the screen mediums. So…

  • Superman
    Films/Movies/Cinema,  General,  Reviews

    Man of Steel (A film review).

    Man of Steel was the most highly anticipated superhero movie of 2013 after the immense success of The Avengers and the Batman-trilogy-concluding The Dark Knight Rises last year. Directed by 300’s Zack Snyder, produced by none other than Christopher Nolan and written by David Goyer and Nolan (the team that worked on the Batman films), expectations were bound to be unfairly high. And though the film itself doesn’t reach those expected heights, there is much to enjoy in this reboot of DC Comics’ (and the world’s) original superhero. At this point, I’d like to clarify that Superman has never been…

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