Superhero movies appear, on the surface, to be relatively simple to
identify – they are films where one character is a superhero. However, a
superhero character alone is not a sufficient element for us to consider a
film for inclusion in the superhero genre. Examine a superhero film in
terms of its generic components. What ideas, themes, cinematic elements,
plot devices and character types are present in the film that indicates that
it is a superhero movie? What components of the film might be unusual
for the genre and what effect does this have on the film’s generic status?
If you wish, you may argue that a film that is not typically considered a
superhero film, actually is one when examined closely.
Please support your opinions with specific examples from the film. You may
compare and contrast two superhero films (but no more than two) if you would
like. If you compare two films, you must explain, in your thesis and in the body of
your essay a rationale for the comparison. Why does contrasting two films or two
heroes shed light upon the meaning of both?