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Comic books--serious or escapist fantasy? This feature-length special shows how comic book superheroes reflect their times--from the 1930s to the 21st century--and how these wish-fulfillment figures became role models for generations of children. Following the most representative cartoon crusaders and villains, as well as the industry that formed them, we see how they mirrored society--from the Depression, WWII, the Cold War, and the turbulent '60s to today--and how they proved adaptable to other media.
Superheroes might be the next evolution in comic book heroes! --Stan Lee
Think of Superheroes as a real-life Kick Ass --The New York Times
I find the whole RLSH dynamic fascinating, and this documentary is the most notable of the few videos now available on this intriguing subculture. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Dr. Tom's Reviews
I actually rented this movie by accident (meant to rent Superhero Movie, which is a comedy) but figured, since I paid for it, I might as well watch it. Read morePublished 17 months ago by jackie
Until recently, I was peripherally aware of people who, for whatever reason, had assumed costumed alter-ego identities to engage in actions ranging from questionable (and... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Robert J. Gill, Jr.
With all the Superhero movies coming out,
why can't there be real superheroes ?
I found this movie to be so entertaining !
I definitely recommend this documentary. Very inspiring and you can't help but be proud of our nations heroes. Police, firemen, superhero and otherwise.Published on June 30, 2013 by Kino
I'm a Real-Life Superhero and one of the older of the bunch. During the film's premiere at the San Diego Comic-Con, in a theater packed with not only "civilians," but also... Read morePublished on June 12, 2013 by Geist
it was " ok". those people had good intentions but could have done everything they were doing without their corney names and costumes.surprised they dont get beat up more.Published on January 7, 2013 by jimmy
I caught this originally on HBO and had to buy it. I've always been a fan of comics and hadn't heard of these individuals. Read morePublished on December 21, 2012 by V. Dean
I was fortunate to attend a premier for this film before final edits, so it was incredible to watch the films growth. I wasn't sure what to expect and was pleasantly surprised. Read morePublished on December 31, 2011 by just my opinion