All children (and even a large number of adults) love the world of Marvel and DC comics, and with the recent flurry of superhero movies sparking the imagination of a new generation of superhero fans, the world of comic books can only get bigger.
Superheroes have been a part of popular culture since the early 1930s, where they adorned the pages of millions of juxtaposed panels the world over. Moving into the 1960s, superheroes began to make their way onto out television screens, namely in the form of Adam West’s take on the popular Batman character. Recently, superheroes have been huge on the silver screen. Beginning with the Christopher Reeve Superman series in the late 1970s, and followed by Tim Burton’s Batman, starring Jack Nicholson as the Joker and Michael Keaton as the Dark Knight himself, superhero movies became box office gold. 1992’s Batman Returns followed with Keaton reprising his role as Batman, and the ensemble cast adding the talents of Danny DeVito, Michelle Pfeiffer and Christopher Walken to the bill – again, a huge box office success. A few less-popular Batman films followed and all was quiet on the superhero front for a few years.
Enter Spiderman. Sam Raimi’s Spiderman, starring Tobey Maguire, Kirtsen Dunst, Willem Dafoe and James Franco, was a huge box office success. The success of Spiderman was followed up by a number of other superhero motion pictures, including the re-imagination of Batman by Christian Bale in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy featuring Heath Ledger’s Oscar-winning portray of the Joker in The Dark Knight; the arrival of Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America and Mark Ruffalo as Hulk in The Avengers (and their own independent movies); and a new introduction to an alternative Spiderman universe in The Amazing Spiderman, starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone – with its sequel, The Amazing Spiderman 2, due for cinema release later today.
We at the Book People love superheroes, and we love the twisting plots that mirror those of our favourite fables and stories. Why not take at our super-b selection of superhero titles and treat someone (or yourself – don’t worry we won’t tell anyone) to an out-of-this-world adventure.