Superheroines vs. Superheroes

Enough about the boys, it is time for some Girl power. 

female superheroesAs a girl, female superheroes are very important to me, because it gives me someone to look up to even though it is not super realistic; I mean you never hear Wonder Woman talk about her period. Superheroines are female superheroes as opposed to superheroes that are male, but the word “superheroes” is often used for both genders. I think that there should be more female superheroes that are independent from men like Black Canary and Huntress. Superheroes like Batgirl and Supergirl are second to their counterparts Batman and Superman; in fact there are many superheroines that get their identity from a superhero counterpart, most times a male counterpart. For example Supergirl from Superman, Batwoman and Batgirl from Batman, Aquagirl from Aquaman, Iron Woman from Iron Man, and there are many more in this link. A lot of superheroines are sidekicks to a male counterpart or take on an identity for a friend. Most superheroines are not very famous though, there is one superheroine that most everyone knows and that is Wonder Woman. 

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There are very few superheroine movies compared to the amount of superhero movies. Most superheroine movies were made a long time ago, when there was not as much technology to make the special effects needed for a good action movie. Some superheroine movies that were made are Supergirl made in 1984, Catwoman in 2004, and Elektra in 2005, while the most recent Superman movies was in 2013. With superhero movies they are mainly remakes of a superhero that already has their own movie for example Batman and Superman, both have older version and newer version. There is not much variety when it comes to superhero and superheroine movies. Not all superhero movies are successful, which is why film makers tend to stick to the most successful superheroes to make movies about. 

“Toymakers will tell you they won’t sell enough, and movie people will point to the two terrible superheroine movies that were made and say, You see? It can’t be done. It’s stupid, and I’m hoping “The Hunger Games” will lead to a paradigm shift. It’s frustrating to me that I don’t see anybody developing one of these movies. It actually pisses me off. My daughter watched “The Avengers” and was like, “My favorite characters were the Black Widow and Maria Hill,” and I thought, Yeah, of course they were. I read a beautiful thing Junot Diaz wrote: “If you want to make a human being into a monster, deny them, at the cultural level, any reflection of themselves.'”–Joss Whedon director and writer of Marvel’s The Avengers. Agrees that there needs to be more superheroine movies, especially for young girls like Whedon’s daughter. 

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X-Men ladies like Jean Grey, Storm, and Rogue could also helm a solo movie, but instead, Wolverine is getting his second (despite the fact that X-Men Origins: Wolverine was, most critics and viewers agree, terrible)….Why is it that Green Lantern can get a movie, Batman and Superman can have a veritable avalanche of sequels and reboots, and yet Wonder Woman the most noted female hero of them all leaves a gaping hole in the DC film canon?”–Rachael Kates, like most fans she wants a superheroine movie too. Women do go to superhero movies and they make up about half of the sales for those movies, which Kates also points out in her post.

Some issues that I will be brought up in the next post are which is better superheroines or superheroes? and Which is stronger, smart, more violent, and more protective? Why do male superheroes get their own movie more than female superheroes? 

 

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Batman

Since we talked about Batman’s villains in the previous post I thought it fit to talk about Batman. keep calm and call batmanThe origin of Batman starts with young Bruce Wayne watching his parents die after seeing a movie with them. The DC Comics website says “Millionaire Bruce Wayne was just a kid when he watched his parents get gunned down during a mugging in Gotham City. The crime would define his life, as he dedicated himself to becoming the world’s greatest weapon against crime—the Batman.” this is where his story began he grew up with his butler Alfred Pennyworth. Once he got older “He trained extensively to achieve both mental and physical perfection, mastering detective skills, martial arts, and criminal psychology.” according to Comic Vine.

In 1989, Tim Burton started directing a live-action Batman movie series and in 1997 the series was ended with Joel Schumacher as the director, going through three different actors for the role of Batman.

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Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne and as the Batman

The movie Batman was released in 1989 with Michael Keaton as Bruce Wayne who is the Batman. He faces Jack Napier who after an accident becomes the Joker. Batman Returns in 1992 with Michael Keaton returning as Batman under Tim Burton‘s direction. Batman rivals the Penguin, and Catwoman. Batman Forever was released in 1995 with Val Kilmer as Batman and Joel Schumacher as director while Tim Burton produced the movie. Rotten Tomatoes says “Director Joel Schumacher inherited the Batman franchise from Tim Burton and began steering it in the campier direction of the Sixties television show with this third installment.” Batman faces Two-Face, and The Riddler who are trying to discover is real identity and kill the Batman. Batman and Robin was released in 1997 with George Clooney as Batman and Joel Schumacher as director with Tim Burton not involved at all. In this movie Batman, Robin and Batgirl go up against Mr. Freeze, Poison Ivy, and Bane.

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DARK KNIGHT RISES

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In the latest Batman trilogy directed by Christopher NolanChristian Bale takes up the mantel of the Batman.

In 2005 the newest trilogy started with Batman Begins, where viewers saw the training Bruce Wayne went through to get to the place of becoming the Batman. He also faces Ra’s al Ghul the man who trained him and later became Batman’s enemy. Ra’s al Ghul and the League of Shadows were trying to destroy Gotham City and Bruce Wayne was not going to let that happen.

In 2008, the trilogy continued with The Dark Knight, where Batman goes up against The Joker and Two-Face.  Harvey Dent was a District Attorney in Gotham before “Dent was rescued by Batman, half of his face was disfigured in the explosion.” this caused him to become Two-Face, “Driven insane by a desire for revenge for Rachel’s death, Dent pursued those he felt responsible, ultimately holding Commissioner Gordon’s family at gunpoint. During his confrontation with Batman, Batman rescued Gordon’s child while Dent was pushed and fell to his death.” according to Wikia. The Joker knew where Harvey Dent and his girlfriend Rachel Dawes were being held, both of their lives were at stake and Rachel died.

In 2012, the trilogy concluded with The Dark Knight Rises were Bruce Wayne comes back as the Batman, after not working as the Batman for eight years. In this movie Bane and Talia al Ghul pick up where Ra’s al Ghul left off, trying to take down Gotham and kill Batman. Batman, John Blake and Commissioner Gordon along with the help of Catwoman, also known as Selina Kyle, team up to save the city of Gotham from Bane and Talia who are going to blow up the city up with a nuclear bomb from Wayne Enterprise ” It began as a Wayne Enterprises fusion reactor meant to supply Gotham City with a source of clean energy.”–Wikia. In the end, Bane, Talia, and Batman died, and Bruce Wayne appears to have died but has just started a new life with Selina Kyle.

Now, obviously more things happened in all three movies this is only some of what happened. If you want to know more you can click on any of the links or watch the movies.

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In my opinion the newer Batman trilogy is a lot darker than the older Batman movies. The older ones had more humor but the Dark Knight trilogy also has their funny moments too. Rotten Tomatoes gave The Dark Knight a 94% saying “Dark, complex and unforgettable, The Dark Knight succeeds not just as an entertaining comic book film, but as a richly thrilling crime saga.”, which I agree with The Dark Knight was a dark movie with violence and death but it did have funny moments like in this clip  Compared to the 70% it gave Batman the first movie in the later series directed by Tim Burton, saying ” An eerie, haunting spectacle, Batman succeeds as dark entertainment, even if Jack Nicholson’s Joker too often overshadows the title character.”, The Joker is a larger than life character, which could explain the overshadowing he does. The Rotten Tomatoes gave Batman Forever directed by Joel Schumacher, a 41% stating that the movie was “Loud, excessively busy, and often boring, Batman Forever nonetheless has the charisma of Jim Carrey and Tommy Lee Jones to offer mild relief.”, the lost of the three different directors.

The older ones also had less technology and it showed in the bat-suit, bat-mobile, and in Joker’s make-up, among other places in the movies. The technology used in Batman in 1989 is very outdated compared to the technology used in 2012 for The Dark Knight Rises.

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Batman’s utility belt consists of many various bat themed weapons. Somethings about “The utility belt is a modified climbing harness, with magnetized impact-resistant pouches and canisters attached to the belt at ergonomic points for ease of reach. It carries a magnetic gas-powered grapple gun, an encrypted cell phone, Batarangs, a medical kit, smoke bombs, mini explosives, periscope, remote control for the Batmobile (the Tumbler), mini-cam, money, and other unspecified equipment.”–Wikia, he uses these tools to keep Gotham safe.

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Batman’s Tumbler(Batmobile)

Batman has a few forms of transportation in the Christopher Nolan movies such as “Batpod is intended as a kind of “escape pod” integrated into the Tumbler, it also served an an auxiliary vehicle.”, the Batpod is a motorcycle looking form of smaller transportation than the “shelved Wayne Enterprises military vehicle, called the “Tumbler“, to serve as his Batmobile. Originally sporting military desert camouflage paint, Bruce Wayne requested Lucius Fox to have the Tumbler painted black.”. Another form of transportation used by Batman is “The Bat is the name given to the aircraft operated by Batman in The Dark Knight Rises.” from Wikia. He has these built at Wayne Enterprise by Lucius Fox a trusted friend of Thomas Wayne, Bruce’s dad.

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The Evolution of Batman and other characters through different remakes of movies, comic series, and TV shows.

 

Marvel vs DC

Marvel and DC are two of the main types of comics. Both have been around for a long time and have a big following. DC comics has been around since 1934 and is owned by Time Warner. DC comics is the rival of Marvel who is owned by The Walt Disney company, has been around since 1939.

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In 1996, Marvel comics and DC made 4 issues called Marvel Comics versus DC and called DC versus Marvel Comics.These comics are a series of comic book crossovers were voted on by fans to decide how each story would go. Was this a good idea? Yes, in my opinion it was a good idea to bring two rival comics together and have the fans involved, to get the story and characters the way both fan groups would like it. Fans of both comics would like this because it answers the question, what would happen if Superman meet Hulk or if Storm meet Catwoman? That is why I like this, and I think they should make a movie of these comics.

“The story had an “out of universe” component in that, although there were eleven primary battles, five outcomes were determined by fan vote.[3]

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  • Aquaman (DC) vs. Namor (Marvel)
  • Elektra (Marvel) vs. Catwoman (DC)
  • Flash (DC) vs. Quicksilver (Marvel)
  • Robin (DC) vs. Jubilee (Marvel)
  • Silver Surfer (Marvel) vs. Green Lantern (DC)
  • Thor (Marvel) vs. Captain Marvel (DC).

There were five battles in which the outcomes were determined by the votes of fans:

  • Batman (DC) vs. Captain America (Marvel)
  • Spider-Man (Marvel) vs. Superboy (DC)
  • Wolverine (Marvel) vs. Lobo (DC)
  • Storm (Marvel) vs. Wonder Woman (DC)
  • Superman (DC) vs. Hulk (Marvel).”– Wikipedia

Marvel comics and DC have worked together but they are also rivals going head to head in the box office multiple times for example this summer with the release of Marvel’s Iron Man 3 just weeks before the release of DC’s Man of Steel.

“According to Bloomberg, Marvel’s comic book films have generated 47% more revenue than DC’s. Marvel, now owned by Disney (DIS), has also produced more films than its rival. Marvel properties have been featured in 28 films in the past 15 years, compared to 23 films in 35 years for DC, a Time Warner (TWX) subsidiary. The average gross for Marvel’s films is $190 million — far better than DC’s $129 million average.” —Adam Benjamin

One reason for Marvel comics making more money off their movies than DC is because “(Marvel *cough* and their *cough* movies *cough*, while DC movies *cough* suck balls that make them cough *cough* up pubic hairballs *cough*).” —Cracked.com. This is only one websites opinion, others prefer Superman to Marvel’s story lines.

Marvel comics has brought us many superhero groups such as The Fantastic Four, The Avengers, X-Men, and others. Marvel has been bring these super-groups to the big screen in live action movies. One being The Avengers Movie, which brought together characters that had been established in their own movies like Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor. While the rest of The Avengers showed up in their movies has cameos or supporting roles like Black Widow, Nick Fury, and Hawkeye.   Another Marvel super-group to make live action movies are the X-Men, which have another movie coming out in 2014 and work is happening on the next Avengers movie that should be out in 2015. Marvel also recently released the third Iron Man movie starring Robert Downey Jr.

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Christian Bale(Batman) and Robert Downey Jr(Iron Man)

DC has been busy too recently releasing Man of Steel, the newest Superman movie. There has been lots of talk of a Justice League movie. Similar to the Avengers movie bring together established characters in one movie. The recent Batman from The Dark Knight movies played by Christian Bale might be part of the Justice League along with the Man of Steel, Superman played by Henry Cavill and The Green Lantern done by Ryan Reynolds.

There have been debates over who has the best superheroes, Marvel or DC. Personally I have favorites on both sides.  Both tend to focus on superheroes in the United States. Superman has roots in Kansas, Batman is in Gotham a fake american city, and The Fantastic Four and Iron Man are both in New York.

Superheroes are looked up to no matter if they are Marvel or DC, if they have superpowers or not, people love them. Some people go as far as becoming a superhero by putting on a costume, others watch the movies and TV shows, or read the comic books.