Why Are There So Many Superhero Movies?

Published June 23, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014

Though Superman, Spiderman and other white, spandex-clad heroes seem to be a timeless aspect of the American cultural canon, the truth is that they are a relatively recently phenomenon. What explains their rise–and, it would seem, markedly increased influence and intrigue in modern-day popular cinema? The people at the Idea Channel offer their take.

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