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
Run time: 117 minutes
Release date: 2018
MPAA rating: Documentary; TV-PG