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Published on Aug 14, 2012
Superman returns, Batman begins and the Hulk ... he does whatever he wants. For the last two decades, Hollywood has offered a long list of of blockbusters to moviegoers eager to see superheroes on the big screen. Partly because of advances in special effects technology, movie producers are sitting on a goldmine of comics-based film scripts that likely will keep actors, directors and moviegoers busy for years to come. While profits and viewer accessibility are key reasons for this onslaught of movies, are there other reasons for the increase? Does our political climate play a part? Ultimately, is this good for Hollywood and, more important, the movie-going public? Matt McAllister, Penn State professor of film-video and media studies, answers these questions.