Birdman: What We Talk About When We Talk About Superheroes

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The superhero genre — as we know it — was first birthed over seven decades ago in the pulpy pages of the 10-cent comic books that are now worth thousands, if not millions, of dollars. Not only are they more valuable, many of those original heroes are even more popular today than they were at their inception. Even the heroes who weren’t popular then have been resurrected to much critical acclaim today. We call this period of superhero storytelling “the Golden Age” of comics, but we are currently living in a new golden age of superhero storytelling, except the heroes have migrated from the four-color page to the fourteen-screen multiplex.

The fact that we can count on a new comic book superhero movie (or three) every year until infinity and beyond is both a blessing and a curse for the nerd contingent. For every billion-dollar grossing blockbuster that…

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