The Resurgence of Superheroes in Film and Television, w/guest Leonard Pierce

With the release of next month’s Spider-Man 3, the decade-long revival of superhero fiction in cinema shows no signs of slowing — particularly with a slew of Marvel and DC-themed films to hit theaters over the next couple of years. Sure, advances in CGI technology have made it much easier to depict believable superhuman feats, but what other factors have influenced the resurgence of interest in these classic characters? And what have been some of the more ignoble superhero tales to hit the screen prior to the recent upswing? My guest is freelance writer and pop-culture critic Leonard Pierce, whose writing can be found at [Originally broadcast on WLUW’s Under Surveillance in April 2007.]

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Kevin Fullam is a writer and researcher, with extensive experience in fields ranging from sports analytics to politics and cinema.
In addition, he has hosted two long-running radio series on film and culture, and taught mass media at Loyola University.
Episodes of his two shows, Split Reel and Under Surveillance, are archived on the Radio page.