Evolving the Superhero: How The Genre Is Changing

Evolving the Superhero: How The Genre Is Changing

With several "different" takes on the superhero genre, it's notable that now they are beginning to try a new style within the films.

Recently, I wrote about Black Panther and the irrational fears over it being a hit. But at the core, Black Panther is basically just a regular superhero movie, keeping within the confines of the genre. I also wrote a while ago about Logan and Wonder Woman leading the charge into a new era for comic book movies. However, the genre itself is being reworked and reinvented, trying new takes and ideas. Of the countless projects in development, they range from run-of-the-mill heroes like Captain Marvel and Flash, there's movies in production that are doing their own spin on the superhero movie, combining the best parts of the formula with the best parts of another genre. It's a rather new take, really only being within the last couple of years or so, but it is looking to be the new direction for the multi-billion dollar comic book movie industry. While not all the projects in the works have been released, they are being worked on, so within the next few years, we could see a total overhaul in terms of the range the films can have.

DC and Marvel/Fox both have horror type movies in the works – Justice League Dark (at one point called Dark Universe but Universal got that name already) and The New Mutants respectively, though each explores a different take on “horror.” New Mutants tells the story of young mutants in the X-Men world being experimented on and kept in a prison/asylum, or so the trailer appears. This is a much more grounded and dare I say realistic view of how mutants would be observed and tested, like a modern day Nazi experimentation group (a concept touched on in X-Men: First Class). Meanwhile, Justice League Dark is based on the 2011 comic of the same name, which is a team formed of the occult and paranormal characters of the DC universe, such as John Constantine, Swamp Thing, and Deadman. The project was first proposed by Guillermo del Toro, best known for films like Pan's Labrynth and The Shape of Water, as an R-rated horror superhero film, as a loosely connected part of the DCEU. While production on the film has come to a bit of a halt, there is an animated feature film based on the comic, using a similar plot to the original pitch. Fox previously attempted horror with Fantastic Four in 2015, but come on, the Fantastic Four is not a property that leads itself to having horror elements, especially in the first movie. Sony Pictures is also attempting a horror film, based on the Spider-Man villain Venom, though that is likely to be less of a cross between genres and a mix of alright action and a strange take on the character, considering it has already been stated that Spider-Man himself will not be in the film. So if you want horror and comics, check out New Mutants or Justice League Dark.

We also have movies like Logan, that are more Westerns than superheroes, and the coming-out-sometime-soonish The Batman, which is said to be more of a grim detective film. Logan is notable for not using the name of the hero in the title, especially considering it is the third and final film in the Wolverine trilogy, as well as Hugh Jackman's final performance as the character. Nowhere in the film does Logan wear the costume, and for the most part, he's got a beard and is practically unrecognizable as Wolverine. It also deals more with heavy subjects like death, suicide, and human experimentation. On the opposition side, not much is known about The Batman beyond what the tone will be. We do know that it will be more self-contained, not relying on big appearances from other Justice League characters (so no Superman or Aquaman cameos), not unlike Logan, which only really had two characters from previous films. Of course, we cannot be certain on what the end result of The Batman will be, but we can at least hope that it will play itself as a noir/detective type story, as per the way the hero is portrayed in the other DCEU films. Logan on the other hand, we've seen to be a hit, and it is one of the highest reviewed X-Men movies, if not superhero movies in general. Giving it a tone and tropes often seen in Oscar nominees or other more “serious” films, combined with the mainstays that people know and love, created a Wolverine movie that wasn't seen as just a decent action movie, rather a film that could easily be a wild card at the big award shows.

Spider-Man: Homecoming is equal parts John Hughes high school movie and MCU installment. Wonder Woman is a Greek myth, a WWI film, and an origin story. Deadpool and The Lego Batman Movie are comedies and parodies of the genre as a whole. In order to fight off “superhero fatigue,” it's only the natural progression that the studios would want to try new things within their franchises – even Lucasfilm is doing that with the Star Wars movies. To keep a popular style going, one must not be afraid to take risks and see where else they can take it. And if that's how the next generation will get to see a continuing strong superhero market, then by all means try new things. If it doesn't work out, then that's how you know there is a wrong approach (again, Fantastic Four). And if movies like Logan and Spider-Man: Homecoming are any indication, we could be in for more movies and more stories of our favorite heroes on the big screen.

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18 Times Kate Middleton Was Actually All Of Us In College, Beside The Princess Thing

Every girl has to go through her clueless college stage before she reaches Duchess status.

Kate Middleton is basically a household name by now, and how could this not be the case when she has the gorgeous hair, kind smile, and incredible fashion sense. With her constantly in the spotlight looking so put together, we sometimes forget that the Duchess was actually all of us in college!

Here are 18 times that Kate proved she was just like all of us.

1. Going all out in the name of school spirit

There is nothing like breaking out the war paint and screaming for your home team. Like Kate, we all love to get a little messy and make some memories with our friends.

2. Hanging out with the roomies

Some people may not get lucky in this area but for those who are best friends with their roommates, they understand the love. It's a dream come true for everyone who has always wanted to live with their best friends. It's like a sleepover that never ends.

3. Dressing up cute on the first day of school...

You got to make a good first impression on your way to school. Whether it's during your 7 A.M or 4 P.M., it's always best to dress to impress.

4. ...and wearing yoga pants for the rest of the year

And this goes all the way until the last week of school when you don't bother getting out of bed to wear pants at all.

5. Going grocery shopping and throwing in cookies, ice-cream, and every type of Pringles because your mom isn't there to say no

You'll probably regret that in a few months when the Freshman Fifteen kicks in.

6. Walking for miles from your car to your dorm carrying groceries

We can't park by the apartment for a solid five minutes to carry our groceries up to the kitchen or we will risk a ticket, but we can walk a few miles carrying food that gets heavier, and heavier, and heavier with every step.

7. Going out for a night on the town on a Friday night

Dancing, laughter, and fun? Everyone in college has been to a party or two. It's a classic part of the college experience. Sometimes you just need a distraction from all the essays and tests.

8. Being so late to class you threw on whatever your hands grabbed next

We've all been there. Our alarm doesn't go off, we press snooze a few too many times, or forget to even set an alarm and next thing you know we are running around the dorm room like Taz from Looney Toons. You throw on whatever, then run to class.

Unfortunately 9/10 times our outfits don't turn out. Although, Kate can certainly pull off this look, no matter how mismatched.

9. Pretending your walking to the same building as the cute boy you met so you have the excuse to keep talking to him

I am very guilty of doing this. Although I missed my class, at least I got to talk to the really cute boy who has class at 9:45 in the STEM building. It was worth it.

10. Sitting on the floor or standing because you're a poor college student who can't afford chairs or tables

Eating on the floor? Always. Being a college kid is tough and sometimes you have to sacrifice some things to obtain the others. Such as choosing chocolate milk and Halo Top over vegetables and hair conditioner.

Judging by Kate's beautiful locks, she chose the conditioner.

Probably the vegetables too.

We should just all follow her example.

11. Going on cute date with the boy you followed to class-turned-boyfriend

Now my short-lived romance may not have extended farther than us talking and walking to his class, but Kate and William obviously had a better ending. Nevertheless, college is the place to grow and date and possibly find the one.

12. Keeping your hair long and growing because you can't afford to get it cut

Don't trust your roommate. No matter how many times she begs you to let her cut it. Don't.

13. Turning 21 and getting dressed up and going out with your best friends

While this one probably doesn't apply to Kate, since you can drink at age 18 in most countries, all my people in the United States know the sweet freedom of turning 21. It's an iconic time in a students life and marks a huge milestone as well.

14. Passing out flyers for some type of movement or protest

Everyone wants to be a part of something bigger - which is why college is the time to stand up for what you believe in. May that be RedforEd, Planned Parenthood, anti-Abortion, Trump, the Wall, pizza bagels, it's all an exercise of the first amendment.

15. Ranting to your friends about the professor that just "doesn't understand you"

You know your thinking about that professor right now as you read this. And you know that that's your reaction whenever they give you a bad grade or say something you disagree with at the tiniest degree.

16. Getting glammed-up for those senior photos

Pick out your best outfit and make sure it's a good hair day because everyone will be viewing these photos forever... and in Kate's place that is more than true. Luckily she looks as gorgeous as ever. Does she ever have a bad hair day?

17. Walking out of your last class knowing you'll never have to write a single paper again

And purposefully not thinking about how you will be going into the real world in less than a few days.

18. When you've graduated and realized you have no idea what you're going to do with your life

Maybe a prince will be right around the corner to sweep you off your feet so you won't have to figure your life out.
Cover Image Credit: Laura Warshauer

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The Football World Loses One Of Its Finest Players

Bart Starr passed away and NFL players, coaches, and fans all mourn the loss of the Packer legend, but his life and career will live on in hearts of Packer nation forever.


Bart Starr passed away at the age of 85 in Birmingham, Alabama. The NFL lost a great player. The Green Bay Packers lost a hero. And, the world lost a true gentleman. Starr's legacy has surpassed his accomplishments on the gridiron. He inspired not only his peers but the generations that have come after him. He is — and always — will be remembered as a Hall of Famer, a champion, and a Packer.

Bart Starr was a Packers legend. Starr led Green Bay to six division titles and five world championships. As the quarterback of Vince Lombardi's offense, he kept the machine going and executed the plays like no other. His mastery of the position was a large part of the Packers success in the 1960s. Starr was also the perfect teammate for the perfect team. His leadership put him in command of the Packers. Starr's time in Green Bay will not be forgotten by former players, coaches, and the fans.

Bart Starr's resume is rivaled by few in NFL history. He played in 10 postseason games and won 9 of them. He led the Packers to victory in Super Bowls I and II and won the MVP award in both games. He was the MVP of the league in 1966 and was named to the NFL All-Decade Team of the 1960s. The Packers retired his number 15 and Starr has been inducted into the Packers and Pro Football Hall of Fame.

After his playing days, Starr would become the head coach of the Packers. He could not repeat the success he had on the field from the 1960s teams. His coaching years do not take away from his legacy as one of the all-time great Packers. Starr was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1977.

One of Starr's last visits to Lambeau field was on a cold November night in 2015. Starr and his wife attended a ceremony in which the Packers retired Brett Favre's jersey number. Starr was the perfect personification of what it meant to be a Packer. His most heroic moment came in the 1967 NFL Championship Game. The Ice Bowl came down to a third and goal in Lambeau Field's south endzone against the Dallas Cowboys. Starr came to the sidelines and bravely told Vince Lombardi that he can sneak it in for a game-winning touchdown. Lombardi then replied, "Run it, and let's get the hell out of here." Starr ran a quarterback sneak for the game-winner and the Packers were off to Super Bowl II. Without Starr, Green Bay would not have won a second straight Super Bowl. His leadership in big game moments will live with Packers fans for a lifetime.

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Starr leaves behind his wife Cherry, his son, and three granddaughters. Packers fans will have a tight grip on the memories Bart Starr and the 60s teams created. Starr left behind a template for being a Green Bay Packer. He also left a template for being a good man and a gentleman of the game of football. He was a competitor and a leader. Packer nation mourns for the loss of one of the finest human beings the game has seen.

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