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  • 2018 Superhero Watch: You Will Believe an Actor can Fly

    2018 Superhero Watch: You Will Believe an Actor can Fly

    For 2018 I set a goal for myself to watch and discuss as many superhero movies as possible. As we approach the halfway point of the year and I look at the list of films I’ve yet to watch, I’m starting to think I’ve bitten off more than I can chew. This might go into 2019, guys. It might go into 2020. I might still be doing this when my baby is in college. So far, I’ve talked to you guys about the films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and those featuring their little brother, Spider-Man. Today, I’m returning to the hero that gave the genre his name: Superman. We’re going to look at all the performers who have worn the S on the silver screen before the current holder of the mantle. Fans of Henry Cavill, don’t worry, he’ll have his day, but not until I take a look at the DC Extended Universe. And if you want to keep track of my progress in-between articles, there’s a Letterboxd list just for that purpose.

    So let’s talk about Hollywood’s first Superman, Christopher Ree--...
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  • The 2018 Superhero Watch: Reflections on the Marvel Cinematic Universe

    The 2018 Superhero Watch: Reflections on the Marvel Cinematic Universe

    As both a movie lover and a ginormous geek, I like to periodically set movie-watching goals for myself. I’ll try to tackle the films in a certain genre, or featuring a certain character, or built around a certain theme. And as a writer and a ginormous geek, I also tend to document some of these challenges. In the past, I’ve done film study projects about the history of horror, the legacy of horror/comedies, my favorite TV Christmas specials and, one memorable December, 25 different incarnations of Ebenezer Scrooge. That I missed out on that Family Ties episode where Alex P. Keaton plays the part is my one regret in life.

    Like so many other things, though, my movie watching habits had to evolve when my wife and I had a baby. It simply wasn’t feasible to set aside an entire month to watch slasher movies and write a detailed analysis of each one. So in 2018, I set a different kind of goal for myself: to watch as many superhero movies as possible, and in the case of those I’ve...
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