Why are Superhero Movies So Popular?

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Why are Superhero Movies So Popular?

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Robert Turner

There’s a lot of aspects to this question. One would be the fact that there is a lot of material available. A lot of comics have been around for many years and inevitably this means that there are a lot of stories to adapt from.

However in recent years their increased popularity has also been down to the fact they have been taken more seriously. The original Iron Man film had a sly sense of satire that differentiated it from the more foreboding and dark Christopher Nolan Batman films.

Superheroes also have great psychological appeal for people watching them. The Hulk signifies all the pent up violence that people would love to unleash, while at the same evoking sympathy for his misunderstood nature. Superman is often an embodiment of ideals we would like to attain, while Batman seems to appeal to the darker side of people’s natures, the desire for revenge and to right past wrongs (something also reflected in the latest upcoming Marvel film The Avengers).

Some people are predicting that at some point there will be a saturation in the superhero market. However what this simply means is that some films will come that will not be as successful as hopedĀ (as was the case with The Green Lantern).

In simple terms superhero movies are likely to still be with us for some time.

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Most important thing superhero movies are made just for lot of fun. It releases our day-to-day tensions and people enjoy that movie by keeping their problems and sorrows aside. For children they become happy to saw their carton characters and their favorite characters like Spiderman, superman in movies. For comic book lovers it is an realization of their world. Everybody has its own reason to watch superhero movies.

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Superman Returns, X-Men, The Fantastic Four, Iron Man; it seems the list of superhero movies since the dawn of the 21st century goes on and on. The revival of the genre has surpassed all expectations, with six of the top 12 highest opening-weekend box office grosses being held by superhero movies. There are many theories as to why these films have become and remained so popular over the last decade, from desperate attempts to escape to an honest yearning for real-life heroes.

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