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Rise Of The Superheroes

Film poster. There is no bigger genre of film right now than the superhero movie, continually producing the highest-grossing movies in the world and starring the highest-paid actors. "Rise Of The Superheroes" is a detailed look into how superhero films conquered the world, from Tim Burton's "Batman" movies to "The Avengers."
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Film poster. There is no bigger genre of film right now than the superhero movie, continually producing the highest-grossing movies in the world and starring the highest-paid actors. "Rise Of The Superheroes" is a detailed look into how superhero films conquered the world, from Tim Burton's "Batman" movies to "The Avengers."

Stream on YouTube or tune in Monday, July 27, 2020 at 10:30 p.m. on KPBS TV

For more than a decade, one genre of movie has stood head and shoulders above the rest in terms of box office receipts, media hype, and star power.

“Rise Of The Superheroes” analyzes how superhero movies, once thought to be too campy and mainly for children, have taken over Hollywood and produced smash hit after smash hit.

The documentary begins its investigation nearly 20 years before mainstream hits such as “The Dark Knight” or “Iron Man,” with Tim Burton’s “Batman.”

Featuring established stars Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson and Kim Basinger in the cast, the film proved that comic book movies were starting to find a foothold in mainstream culture.

As the film delves into the past decade of superhero flicks, it explores the factors that are making these movies the highest-grossing.

While the 1990s relied on stand-alone epics based on books or historical events, audiences now enjoy the escapism and cutting-edge special effects that a modern superhero movie can provide.

It also doesn’t hurt that the kids who grew up reading comics are now older and have more money to spend.

Rise Of The Superheroes - Trailer

This film is under license from Vision Films Inc. All rights reserved. Stream the full film on YouTube.

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Acquired by American Public Television from Vision Films Inc. for syndication to public television stations nationwide.