Superheros Are Our Friends

Deadpool. Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. Captain America: Civil War. X-Men: Apocalypse. Suicide Squad. Gambit. Doctor Strange. These are all the new Marvel and DC films that will be released just this year.

Why do people love superhero films so much?

They’re being produced so fast it’s hard to keep up. I know that I’ll be leaving room for movie tickets in my budget this year. But why? Why are we all, including myself, so fascinated with these franchises?

The answer: nostalgia.

Superheros have been around for decades. Most of us grew up reading about or watching these characters. I grew up watching the 1960’s Batman TV show reruns with my dad. Yeah, I know, that may not be everyone’s introduction, but the majority of people have been touched by a Marvel or DC hero in some kind of way as a kid. For me, it was Batman. So, naturally, when a new Batman film comes out, I’m anxious to go see it. It’s another chance for me to be with the hero I grew up with.

That’s the reason these films are so popular. We feel a connection with these heroes. They are familiar, our friends. We can go back to that sense of child-like wonder we felt when we first discovered their stories. It doesn’t matter to audiences if these movies have been redone a dozen times. People will continue to pay for a chance to be a kid again.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to buy my advance ticket for Batman V Superman.

-B

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