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‘Rise of the Superheroes’ Chronicles How Comic Book Subjects Became Cinema Stars

Documentary follows Tim Burton's ‘Batman’ films to ‘The Avengers,’ ‘Black Panther’ and beyond

AARP members can watch “Rise of the Superheroes” through Feb. 16, 2024. Video run time is 1 hour, 57 minutes.
Courtesy: Vision Films

Larger-than-life superheroes with special powers were created to entertain children and mostly dismissed by the adult world. But in the new millennium, characters created over half a century ago have risen up to conquer popular culture.

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Rise of the Superheroes traces the development of comic book characters in the movies, from Tim Burton’s prototype blockbuster Batman in 1989, through Blade, X-Men, Spiderman, the Dark Knight trilogy and Marvel’s remarkable Cinematic Universe. It tells the story of how cinema has brought these characters from out of the shadows and turned them into global superstars.

Director: Tom O’Dell

Language: English

Run time: 117 minutes

Release date: 2018

MPAA rating: Documentary; TV-PG


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