Caused Superhero Backlash?


Auteurs Assemble! What Caused Superhero Backlash?

Even if you are in your late 20’s or 30’s, you would still have your favorite superhero. They have a special place in our hearts, no matter how heroic or evil they are. You start idolizing your favorite character. However, most of us have grown up reading comics and then watched those being adapted as movies. Beginning with the Marvel universe, the entire industry had to level up their game. Recently with the arrival of the new series “Watchmen,” there is a major superhero backlash. Not solely because of this series, but the very basic question is, do we need more of them?

Auteurs Assemble! What Caused Superhero Backlash?
Auteurs Assemble! What Caused Superhero Backlash?

When Did The Superhero Backlash Begin?

The superhero backlash isn’t something that has just sprung out of thin air. It was building up for quite a long time. Recently, Martin Scorsese made a statement that he didn’t consider Marvel movies to fall under the category of cinema. However, his intention wasn’t to demean the marvel universe but to point out the psychological or emotional connect. Moreover, another eminent personality Francis Ford Coppola agreed to this statement. According to him, the cinema should provide some amount of knowledge to its viewers. The viewers should gain enlightenment from the cinema. Quite a few filmmakers agree to their point of view.

The Counter|Reaction To The Superhero Backlash

Like any other statement, some people have defended the comic-book content. According to them, there isn’t any need for a debate. Like any other genre of movies, superhero movies have their way of connecting to the viewers.  These fantasies have their bit of absurdity that viewers make sense of. There is a unique bond between the superheroes and the viewers that makes them preach a character. Everybody is aware that superhero movies deal with fantasies, and their soul purpose is to entertain the viewers.

Auteurs Assemble! What Caused Superhero Backlash?
Auteurs Assemble! What Caused Superhero Backlash?

Moore’s Watchmen Effect

According to Moore, he wrote the Watchmen story to bury the genre of a superhero, not to enliven it further. In his 12part story, it was portrayed that the ones who dressed up in costumes might not be the suitable members of the society. However, there was only one character that had power as a result of a nuclear accident was Doctor Manhattan. But eventually, even he got fed up with the human affairs and migrated to mars. There was no evident hero in the story, neither a specific good or evil character.

Lindelof’s Watchmen Effect Spoiler ahead, do not read if you haven’t watched it yet. Lindelof’s Watchmen series wanders on quite a different note but maintains the spirit of the original. It begins with the current racial discrimination in America. The Tulsa Massacre, 1921, is recreated in the very first episode. However, there are a lot of viewers who haven’t even heard about this devastating real-life incident. Lindelof has accepted the fact that as a white man, he doesn’t really have the authority to speak about the black American experience. Some of the viewers have said that Lindelof goes a bit too far into real-world politics. It takes away the gist of the comic book.

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