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[Though comic book movies are now seen as mainstream entertainment, they were once designed specifically for children, and usually formatted as “serials” which played out on successive Saturday mornings at movie theater matinees, for a largely juvenile audience. Still, the history of comic book...
[As the millennium dawned, the two major comic book publishers, DC and Marvel, were moving aggressively toward television and film projects featuring their most iconic characters, but this time designed as major studio films, rather than Saturday morning serials or children’s entertainment....
[While rival DC focused on building a media empire around the popularity of two of its signature entities, Superman and Batman, Marvel’s first dedicated foray into film production was a surprising choice. Stephen Norrington’s Blade (1998) was based on an obscure, supporting character, who first...
[Animé (animated cartoons) and manga (comics) are multicultural creations, a fusion of traditional Japanese visual arts and Western cultural influence. When Japan opened for trade in 1853, a long-standing popular culture of woodblock-print picture-novels, forged from more than two centuries of...
[While comic book movies are a big business, dominated on the whole by multinational conglomerates, there are also films that don’t really fit into the overall scheme of things—films that take additional chances that the majors are generally afraid to do. As viewers become more acclimated to...
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