- Posted by Ed Sizemore on December 31, 2008 at 3:54 pm
- Category: Meta
by Ed Sizemore
I’m at the movie theater this weekend, and I hear a kid telling his dad there is a new superhero movie coming out. He then points to this poster:
The dad has to explain to the child that it’s a horror film, not a superhero film. This gets me to thinking about how the kid could make this mistake. I looked at some recent superhero posters, and it became all too obvious.
This makes me wonder what our movie posters are communicating about superheroes, if you can’t tell the difference between a homicidal sadist psychopath and the good guys.
An additional note from Johanna: I thought this tied in with John Jakala’s recent post about gory violence in Marvel comics. He asks similar questions:
Is this just a fluke, or are scenes like this becoming more common in “mainstream” superhero comics? Is this the latest trend in superhero decadence, hardcore torture porn? … Are creators having to up the shock value ante in order to provoke a reaction — any kind of reaction — from desensitized fans?