Superhero fiction is a genre of fiction featuring characters "of unprecedented physical prowess dedicated to acts of derring-do in the public interest". It examines the adventures of costumed crime fighters known as superheroes, who often possess superhuman powers and battle similarly powered criminals known as supervillains.
Under the umbrella of speculative fiction, superhero fiction can be combined into hybrid genres by introducing elements from other forms of fiction, such as science, horror, fantasy, alternate history, supernatural, adventure, western, romance, and crime fiction. This is accomplished by situating superhero narrative elements within the context of a wider, genre themed setting.
The superhero genre has launched the careers of many successful writers and artists, who have in turn influenced the development of the genre through their contributions. Many other artists, such as actors and musicians, have also had their own work influenced by stories of superheroes.
Since the 1938 debut of Superman, stories of superheroes—ranging from brief, standalone adventures, to serials written over several years—have dominated American comic books. In the decades that have followed, it has crossed international and social boundaries, influencing and interacting with other cultures, and has been translated from superhero comics into other forms of media, including film, animation, television, and video games.
Dr. Barbara "Babs" Gordon
is a fictional character
appearing in comic books
published by DC Comics
and in related media, created by Gardner Fox
and Carmine Infantino
. From 1966 to 1988, she was the superheroine Batgirl
; she became known from 1989 to 2011 as Oracle
, thanks to innovations by editor Kim Yale
and writer John Ostrander
. Barbara Gordon made her first comic book appearance in Detective Comics
No. 359, January 1967. As Batgirl, Barbara Gordon has been described as one of the most popular characters to appear during the Silver Age of Comic Books
and is also regarded as a pop culture
icon. As Oracle, she has been adapted into other media, such as the live-action Birds of Prey
television series, animation, video games, and merchandise. (read more...
I want your love...I want your marriage.
"One More Day
" is a four-part, 2007 comic book crossover
storyline, connecting the three main Spider-Man
series concurrently published by Marvel Comics
at the time. Written by J. Michael Straczynski
and Joe Quesada
, with art by Quesada, "One More Day" starts in The Amazing Spider-Man
#544, continues in Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man
#24 and The Sensational Spider-Man (vol. 2)
#41, and concludes in Amazing Spider-Man
After his Aunt May has been shot, Spider-Man seeks help to save her life. He encounters the demon Mephisto, who offers to save her life if Spider-Man gives him his marriage. Spider-Man and his wife Mary Jane Watson agree, and this part of their history is erased so that, effectively, they have never been married.
The decision to abruptly end Peter Parker and Mary Jane's marriage and the events of "One More Day" were heavily criticized upon the series' conclusion, although the artwork received praise. (read more...
"[Watchmen] was considered too dark, too complex, too 'smart'. But the world has changed [after the September 11, 2001 attacks]. I think that the new global climate has finally caught up with the vision that Alan Moore had in 1986. It is the perfect time to make this movie."
David Hayter, in October 2001, on the project's timing
The production of the Watchmen
film based on the original twelve-issue comic book limited series of same name
was a decades-long process. The original comic book series created by writer Alan Moore
, artist Dave Gibbons
, and colorist John Higgins
, was published by DC Comics
between 1986 and 1987. The production process for the film consisted of several false starts and changes in the owners of the film rights, and eventually culminated in the 2009 film
. The graphic novel
's film rights
were acquired by producer Lawrence Gordon
in 1986. Many problems halted the adaptation's development
, with four different studios and various directors and screenwriters being attached to the project through twenty years. In 2006, Zack Snyder
, who at the time was filming another comic book adaptation, 300
, was hired by Warner Bros.
to helm Watchmen
. Filming started in 2007, and following deals with two of the previous companies involved in the development—Paramount Pictures
, responsible for international distribution rights, and 20th Century Fox
, which received the right to part of the gross—the Watchmen
adaptation was finally released on March 2009. (read more...
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