The film tells the story of the death and life of George Reeves who played Superman in the 1950s. When he is found dead in this house from suicide, Private Eye Lewis Simo, a fictional character played by Adrien Brody, is hired by Reeves mother to find out the truth. Find out why below the break
This poster includes SPOILERS for the novel and movie of Frankenstein.
In my post Movie Iconography and Why It Is Important, I talked about how for some franchises (for want of a better word) their story elements become iconic. The example I used last time was Superman‘s origin story. Now since Superman‘s launch in 1938 very little of his origin story has changed. The same basic elements are always there. Earlier in that decade Universal Studios was defining the story elements of another character who stands across our cultural history.
Frankenstein‘s Monster is one of the most recognisable characters in horror history – alongside Dracula – however, do you know how he was created? I’m willing to bet that the image appearing in your mind is more the second example than the first:
This poster includes SPOILERS for Man of Steel and Batman Begins.
Last week I saw Man of Steel and while I enjoyed it, it got me thinking about superhero origins stories and remakes. Remakes I’ll get onto in my next post so today I’m focusing on the former.
The standard way of introducing a superhero in modern day cinema is through his origin story (they are almost all male as well!) and most of them suffer from the same problem, the bad guy. The film takes so much time explaining how our hero got his powers and why he has now started using them, the bad guy is only introduced when the hero needs to be tested. This can often make a film feel like a football match and have two distinct halves rather than a complete whole.