ByDuane E K Bridges, writer at
Came to genre fiction late - I must have been 12yrs old. 34 years later I finally feel up-to-speed.
Duane E K Bridges

In a recent article in The Guardian, Alan Moore hates on the popularity of superheroes in cinema right now. His premise is that the new generation needs to find its own outlets of storytelling and that we are basically stuck thinking like adolescents when we embrace Superheroes.

I have to disagree with Mr Moore.

By Carole Raddato from FRANKFURT, Germany [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
By Carole Raddato from FRANKFURT, Germany [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Greek Theatre or Classic Antiquity is the staged realization of the oral traditions of Pre-Classical era. When movies came along, some of the first adaptations were of stage plays: Consider the Academy Award Winning silent film Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde in 1920 was an adaptation of an 1887 stage play which was an adaptation of a novella which was an sci-fi exploration of a particular piece of the human condition.

I can continue to site examples from antiquity to now but my point is the public imagination of each generation has always been and always will be sparked by the growth in the science, arts and crafts of storytelling that adapt the stories the previous generations. And the reason for this is that good stories are not reinvented by each generation - good stories address fundamental human condition. The fundamental human condition is not reinvented by each generation.

Furthermore, since Furious 7, Minions, Frozen, Orange Is the New Black, Harry Potter, Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, Magic Mike XXL and so many other popular stories are out there right now and are not superhero stories, I posit that Mr Moore is has some sort of myopia to think superheroes have gotten to some sort total dominant position in human entertainment.

Check out Alan Moore's original article here.


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