(W) John Rain
If you mention the word "super-hero" these days, everyone and their mum can tell you a potted history of it all, because they've sat through numerous phases, extended TV series, and animated side-specials of expansive character-development, culminating in extraordinary final chapters, with the screen literally stacked full of characters battling one another while your eyes bleed with excitement and spectacle. But before 1997, people would generally only think of a few things: Christopher Reeve, Michael Keaton, Nicholas Hammond's Spider-Man, Bill Bixby trying not to get angry, Dolph Lundgren mumbling in broken English, and how Michael Crawford dressed like a bird was the closest thing Disney had to a cinematic universe. By 1997 there could be no doubt that the genre was dead. Out was the sheen of verisimilitude, and in were Bat-credit-cards, ugly CGI, slashed budgets, rubber nipples and Martin Sheen in a girdle. So, whatever happened to the heroes? Join John Rain as he walks through every film of note from 1978 to 1997, and examines just what went wrong, and how.
In Shops: Feb 07, 2024