The 100 greatest superhero films and TV shows

by Ingle, Zachary,

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A fascinating exploration of the most significant superhero films and television shows in history, from the classic serial Adventures of Captain Marvel to the Disney+ hit show WandaVision. In The 100 Greatest Superhero Films and TV Shows, Zachary Ingle and David M. Sutera celebrate over eighty years of superhero cinema and television. Featuring blockbusters such as Black Panther and The Dark Knight, Ingle and Sutera also include lesser-known yet critically acclaimed shows like The Boys, cult films such as The Toxic Avenger, and foreign series like Astro Boy to provide a well-rounded perspective of the genre. All one hundred selections are evaluated based on qualities such as plot and character development, adherence to the original source materials, technological innovations, and social impact. The entries cover both live-action and animated films and TV series, and almost a third of the entries are not associated with Marvel or DC--a testament to the genre's variety in its eighty-year history. The 100 Greatest Superhero Films and TV Shows includes an analysis of the superhero's evolution and its relevance to the feminist movement, auteur theory, convergence culture, critical race theory, and more. Featuring more than 80 photographs alongside the authors' selections, the diverse entries are sure to inspire debate and entertain all fans of superhero movies and television shows.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Superheroes on film--and later, television--have been popular since the mid-1930s. Here the authors salute 100 of the best in a compact, fact-filled compilation. An introductory essay provides a brief history of this film genre and delves into its iconography, narrative patterns, and stock characters. Although this is a serious study, the text is accessible and not pedantic. In discussing the origins of superheroes, for example, the authors suggest a categorization as follows: "mutant (Wolverine), alien (Superman), science (Hulk), technology (Iron Man), magic (Shazam), divine-heaven/hell (Spawn), and natural (Batman)" that will be easily understood by any superhero fan. Insight and analysis accompany each of the alphabetically arranged entries, which also contain a synopsis, production credits, critical ratings, and often a photograph. A wide range of criteria was used to select the entries and includes narrative quality, overall aesthetics, historical significance, technological innovation, and social commentary. Both animated and live-action projects are represented. For those interested in further study, there is a well-chosen bibliography. A solid choice for film and popular-culture collections."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Professors Ingle and Sutera (editors of Gender and Genre in Sports Documentaries) deliver an ambitious if haphazard survey of "one of the most highly sought-after properties in contemporary Hollywood production," from the 1940s to the present day: the superhero. The wide scope--which covers everything from the 1950s series Adventures of Superman to contemporary anime series My Hero Academia and the extensive Marvel Cinematic Universe--is impressive. Yet while the authors wisely avoid ranking their top 100 in numerical order in favor of allowing films to be examined "for their distinctive merits," the choice to list entries alphabetically, as opposed to chronologically, creates some dissonance (a discussion of 2019's Avengers: Endgame, for example, counterintuitively comes before 2018's Avengers: Infinity War). Sections include cast and production details, one-sentence film synopses, and commentary that's inevitably spoiler-laden and laced with the authors' personal takes (that, for instance, Jack Nicholson's Joker is equally as memorable as Heath Ledger's Oscar-winning portrayal). The areas of focus are often perplexing, too--in one section, they make the questionable move to weigh in on CBS's scantily clad Wonder Woman in the 1970s, claiming her portrayal wasn't "as exploitative" as other shows: "Despite being skimpily dressed, Wonder Woman's body is always shot in long shots and medium shots." This needs rescuing. (Feb.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Comic strip characters in motion pictures.
Superhero films.
Superhero television programs.
catreq 09/21/22 wl
Publisher Rowman & Littlefield,2022
Contributors Sutera, David M., 1967- author.
Description ix, 311 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 27 cm.
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 9781538114506
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