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...
"In any good Superman movie, the fate of the whole planet should be at stake. You've got to have villains whose powers and abilities demand that Superman (and only Superman) can be the one who stops them. That's the only way to make the movie exciting and a dramatic challenge."
—Writer Jonathan Lemkin on writing Superman Reborn
The history of Superman in films
began when Ilya
and Alexander Salkind
and Pierre Spengler
purchased the Superman film rights
in 1974. After numerous scripts, Richard Donner
was hired to direct the film, filming Superman
(1978) and Superman II
(1980) simultaneously. Donner had already shot 80% of Superman II
before it was decided to finish shooting the first film. The Salkinds fired Donner after Superman
s release, and commissioned Richard Lester
as the director to finish Superman II
. Lester also returned for Superman III
(1983), and the Salkinds further produced the 1984 spin-off Supergirl
before selling the rights to Cannon Films
, resulting in Superman IV: The Quest for Peace
(1987). With over 15 years of development for a fifth Superman film, Superman Returns
, directed by Bryan Singer
, was released in 2006, along with Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut
. Following the disappointing financial results of Superman Returns
, Warner Bros. plans to reboot the film series for a December 2012 release. Christopher Nolan
will produce the reboot, with David S. Goyer
writing and Zack Snyder
directing. (read more...
- Rogue galleries
- Graphic novels and serial comics
- Toys and games
Featured Articles: Anarky, Aquaman (TV program), Batman, Batman: Arkham Asylum, Batman: Arkham City, Interactions (The Spectacular Spider-Man), Pilot (Smallville), Sinestro Corps War, Smallville (season 1), Superman in film, Watchmen
Featured Lists: List of accolades received by the Spider-Man film series, List of Marvel Cinematic Universe cast members, List of Smallville episodes, List of X-Men video games
Featured topics: Characters of Smallville, Smallville (season 1)
Good Articles: Anole (comics), The Amazing Spider-Man (2012 film), The Avengers (2012 film), Barbara Gordon, Batman (1989 film), Batgirl, Batman & Robin (film), Batman Begins, Batman Forever, Batman Returns, Batman in film, Batman: Anarky, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, Batman: The Dark Knight (roller coaster), Batman: The Ride, Batman: The Ultimate Evil Batwoman, Bizarro (Six Flags New England), Captain America: The First Avenger, Catalysts (The Spectacular Spider-Man), Characters of Smallville, Chloe Sullivan, Clark Kent (Smallville), Competition (The Spectacular Spider-Man), Daredevil (film), The Dark Knight (film), The Dark Knight Rises, The Dark Saga, Democracy (Judge Dredd storyline), Dominator (roller coaster), Dredd, Enemies & Allies, Fantastic Four in film, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Green Lantern (film), Green Lantern (Six Flags Great Adventure), Green Lantern Coaster, Hulk (film), The Incredibles, The Incredible Hulk (film), The Invisible Hand (The Spectacular Spider-Man), Iron Man (film), Iron Man 2, Justice League (Smallville), Justice League: Alien Invasion 3D, Lana Lang (Smallville), Lex Luthor (Smallville), Lionel Luthor, Lois Lane (Smallville), Man of Steel (film), Market Forces (The Spectacular Spider-Man), Marvel 1602, Marvel Trading Card Game, Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, Natural Selection (The Spectacular Spider-Man), Pride & Joy (comics), Production of Watchmen, The Powerpuff Girls, The Riddler's Revenge, The Rocketeer (film), Reaction (The Spectacular Spider-Man), Reckoning (Smallville), Silver Age of Comic Books, Smallville, Soon I Will Be Invincible, Spider-Man, Spider-Man (2002 film), Spider-Man (Miles Morales), Spider-Man 3, Spider-Man in film, Spider-Man: One More Day, Superman (film), Superman Returns, Superman: Escape from Krypton, Superman: Krypton Coaster, Superman: Ultimate Flight, Survival of the Fittest (The Spectacular Spider-Man), Tempest (Smallville), Thor (film), Unbreakable (film), The Uncertainty Principle (The Spectacular Spider-Man), V for Vendetta (film), Wanted (2008 film), Watchmen (film), Al Williamson, X-Men (film series), X-Men (film), X-Men Legends, X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse, X-Men: First Class, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, X2 (film)