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  • -children=impressionable minds; superpowers stick in them -go through human struggles of acceptance, love, etc usually strong moral compass -”costumed crime fighters”
  • -Lamarckian -Superman= alien -xmen= “xgene” xmen seen to push evolution to be credible children desire for evolution to be true because they want to be ‘super’ also make compatible with spiritual truths -evolution seen as unidirectional towards powerful humans -evolution does NOT add things into genome, only alters it
  • -powerful beings promote societal beliefs -war against the Axis of Evil cptn america vs hitler batman & robin “buy war bonds” -60s/70s fantastic 4 spiderman - rough life batman- menace to society racism- black panther; blue beetle (mexican) -80’ watchmen The Dark Knight Returns -current Justice League questioning President Lex if okay to invace Qurac must register identities with government No Ordinary Family=identity of heros in lives heroes= -$2.5 billion from recent spiderman movies -$1.1 billion Xmen -POWER: gives humans power 20th century= subversive messaging (ie:children) political, sexual, social, philosophical EVOLUTION
  • Superhero evolution

    1. 1. Superheroes and Evolution Ariel Smith
    2. 3. Superheroes <ul><li>Powers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Physical </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Psychological </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Environmental </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Good vs. bad </li></ul><ul><li>Originally black & white themes </li></ul><ul><li>Hidden identity </li></ul><ul><li>Market to the masses </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Children </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Human emotions </li></ul><ul><li>Tragedy leads to powers or reason for use of them </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Protects public </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Not always have ‘powers’ </li></ul>
    3. 4. Evolution vs. Mutation <ul><li>Mostly mutated humans; NOT evolution </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hulk, Spiderman, Smallville, Fantastic 4, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Few truly ‘evolved’ superheroes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Superman </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>X-men </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Evolution is seen as benevolent & improving only humans </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Our evolution has enabled us to evolve into the dominant species on the planet.” -X-men </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fly through air, super strong, cling to walls, bend time/space, stretch bodies </li></ul></ul>
    4. 6. “Superhuman” Obsession? <ul><li>Mirrors society </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1938-45: “Superheroes go to war” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>60’s & 70’s: “Questioning Authority” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>80’s: Emotional Maturity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Current: war & identity </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Billions of revenue </li></ul><ul><li>Empowerment </li></ul>
    5. 7. Sources <ul><li>http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/14/arts/design/14comi.html </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.supermansupersite.com/evolution.html </li></ul><ul><li>http://blog.koldcast.tv/2009/show-news/the-evolution-of-the-superhero-movie/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://creation.com/lessons-from-evolution-superheroes </li></ul><ul><li>https://docs.google.com/leaf?id=0BzS9VaIvkxu3ZWFhNTUxMmItY2QxNi00ZDRjLTk2MWMtYWQzODc1NzlmM2I1&sort=name&layout=list&num=50 </li></ul><ul><li>http://blogcritics.org/scitech/article/evolution-is-not-a-theory-for/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superhero </li></ul>
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