Jonathan Kent, the new Superman, with love interest Jay Nakamura.
The revelation that a Superman is bisexual is a big deal in terms of Superhero comics, and it hasn’t gone down well with everyone.
Comics have always had queer elements; and Superman has always been on the edge of social justice. This new comic book, featuring a bisexual Jonathan Kent, brings those factors together.
Stan Lee (1922-2018).
Remembering the co-creator of Spider-Man, The Hulk, Fantastic Four and all the rest.
In 1938, a cultural icon was born.
Pop culture, personal tragedy and heroic persistence all played a role.
The Superman character has endured and continues to be popular because he is a symbol of renewal and hope.
Jason Mamoa as Aquaman and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman are the best things about Justice League.
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The makers of Justice League embed the film in a post-9/11, post-global warming, post-Brexit, post-Trump context. But it is loud and disappointing with some genuinely unimaginative action sequences.
Superheroes – and villains – are more popular than they’ve ever been.
From Wonder Woman to Doctor Strange, superheroes are at peak popularity. As political orthodoxies across the world fall away, these flawed, but good-hearted characters speak to modern anxieties.
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The superhero film currently appears to be the closest thing to that ever-elusive cinematic holy grail: the guaranteed box office hit.
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The Amazons of Greek mythology usually were seduced or subdued by male heroes. Wonder Woman finally overcomes this legacy.
Planets orbiting a red dwarf, much like Krypton’s star Rao.
It could be orbiting LHS 2520.
DC has dialled up the grit, as Batman grimly faces off against Superman.
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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has committed performances and Zack Snyder’s trademark action. But it can’t overcome a confused internal logic – and has the colour palette of an ashtray.
Doc Savage, the Man of Bronze.
House of Retro
An inspiration for Batman and Superman has faded into obscurity. Can he experience a revival?
Superman’s over the hill.
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The flop of the Fantastic Four seems to suggest that viewers are more eager to embrace characters who reflect our inherently flawed humanity.
When superheroes die on the page, fans have learned not to mourn their deaths.
Among comic book fans, there’s the joke that the only characters in superhero comics who stay dead are Spider-Man’s Uncle Ben, Batman’s parents, and Captain America’s sidekick Bucky. For everybody else…
The character of Superman has had a storied intellectual property history, having spawned countless imitations and emulations in comic books, films and popular culture.
Who is Superman’s greatest threat? Evil genius Lex Luthor? General Zod from the Phantom Zone? The doppelganger Bizarro? Super-villain Brainiac? Kryptonite? Or is it intellectual property law? In 2013…
How safe is your nest egg from share market fluctuations?
Think the share market volatility doesn’t affect you? Guess again. With almost 60% of Australian superannuation funds invested in shares, anyone paying compulsory super contributions has something to lose…
Is it a plane? No, it’s Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics.
Watching films such as Superman Returns or The Day after Tomorrow, you would have seen dramatic sequences of surging water and crumbling buildings. While doing so, mathematics was probably the last thing…