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A Hero Can Be Anyone 

The superhero genre evolves further to become a respected part of global mainstream culture in various media.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Liev Schreiber ... Himself - Host
Christopher Reeve ... Himself - Actor, Superman (archive footage)
Gary Phillips Gary Phillips ... Himself - Writer
Jeph Loeb ... Himself - Writer & Television Producer
J. Michael Straczynski ... Himself - Writer
Geoff Johns ... Himself - Chief Creative Officer, DC Comics
Jules Feiffer Jules Feiffer ... Himself - Artist & Writer
Jerry Robinson Jerry Robinson ... Himself - Artist & Writer
Jenette Kahn Jenette Kahn ... Herself - President, DC Comics
Gerry Conway ... Himself - Co-Creator, Punisher
Danny Fingeroth Danny Fingeroth ... Himself - Writer & Editor
Stan Lee ... Himself - Co-Creator, Spider-Man
Joe Quesada ... Himself - Chief Creative Officer, Marvel Entertainment
Mark Waid Mark Waid ... Himself - Writer
Frank Miller ... Himself - Writer & Artist (archive footage)


The superhero genre evolves further to become a respected part of global mainstream culture in various media.

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15 October 2013 (USA) See more »

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1 April 2014 | by leplatypusSee all my reviews

This final part summarizes comics history from late 70s up to now. As the previous episodes, this very short documentary (54 minutes) tries to trace all the facts so it's full but very fast and a bit superficial. What have i noticed ?

  • the incredible legacy of the first superman movie : with the late Christopher Reeves and other, this movie proves that super heroes could be a reality (compare with the Captain America's show that is featured also !)

  • the disastrous legacy of the Superman Comics : as told, his death in the 90s was the nail that shuts the coffin of the industry with too much special edition, exclusive covers...

  • the disrespect of the companies for their artists : the documentary tell the shameful story of the team who invented Superman, the battle with MacFarlane

  • The funny similarity between the art and the drawer : for example, John Byrne has a round figure as his characters, JRJR is more cubic as his, and MacFarlane is slim as his...

  • Their undying vitality as comics always rebounds on social trends : gays, civil rights and there, Marvel is frankly better than its Distinctive Concurent !

In conclusion, this documentary was entertaining and instructive but i can regret that the psychology of super powers is never deepened : sure, it talks about modern mythology but the problematic vigilant aspect and their permanent violence are a bit leftover...

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