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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


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