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Secret societies penetrated literature
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The World "Zhui": Alexander Ilyin about a detective comic book lined up around food
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What is happening in the world of movie comics

How adventures of people in ridiculous costumes became a powerful industry and how to get pleasure from it. Another ComicCon ended in California and presented us with a lot of info-guides: the Wonder Woman trailer from Gal Gadot, for example, a teaser for the new season of Game of Thrones and much more. But this is not even important, but another thing: the fact that film comics today is the top (in the box office, at least, sense) of the entire film industry, the last skeptic has ceased to doubt. The largest actors try on tights about who is better – Batman or Superman – adults argue on Facebook, and we analyze the phenomenon and how we came to this. The confrontation between DC and Marvel Any superhero movie that comes out for rent belongs to one of the two largest competing comic book studios – DC or Marvel. And this is a fundamental point: each studio has a set of its heroes, its drama and the characteristic tone of the narrative. And therefore, having even a slight idea of ​​each of them, you can understand what to expect from their projects. DC is a Detective Comics publisher founded in New York in 1934. It was DC who invented Batman (even before the war, for a minute, in 1939), as well as the Joker and Catwoman, Superman and Wonder Woman, and a number of important, but less well-known in Russia superheroes and villains. Marvel is another New York publishing house founded a little later in 1939. Marvel gave the world of Spider-Man, all X-Men, handsome Thor and Captain America, and dozens of other characters. DC and Marvel characters do not overlap. Studios have been competing for decades, alternately leading. The merger of the comic book and movie industry was a new milestone in this war, and that’s how it happened. Comics in the movie Who, if not Tim Burton, was to discover the film comics industry: the inside of the puppeteer and the fan of masquerades, obviously, she herself suggested where to find the gold mine. And in 1989, Burton was filming Batman with Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson as the Joker. Although Burton treated the original source somewhat wayward, in 1989 there was no Facebook to resent, but because the film was received with a bang. He paid off ten times, proving the success of the experiment. In 1992, Burton removes the sequel (castes are replenished by Denny de Vito and Michelle Pfeiffer, long live the 90s), again collects money and switches to other projects. Movie bosses are starting to take a closer look at the superhuman industry in tights. In fairness, we note that films about superheroes came out earlier (both in the 50s, 60s, and 70s), but it was from Burton that they began to form as a separate genre and collect a box office sufficient to be reckoned with . In 2000, Marvel released the X-Men, in 2002 – Spider-Man with Toby Maguire. And away we go: every summer the lion’s share of the planet Earth’s population falls into movie theaters to watch the confrontations between superheroes and supervillains. By the mid-2000s, DC and Marvel had become integral parts of world pop culture. How they differ Marvel puts on colorfulness and action, while DC are invested in drama. The first is a classic attraction, the second is looking for a way to speak on relevant topics. Here it’s closer to anyone. It’s enough to review some films from the most powerful franchises of both studios: X-Men, Iron Man and Spider-Man Marvel, the Nolan trilogy about Batman or DC Guardians to understand the fundamental difference between them. If Marvel makes a light film, which is also used by children, then Nolan’s “Batman” has grown into a large-scale film about human weaknesses, fears and aspirations, which an unprepared viewer will just get tired of watching. In the sense that, figuratively speaking, he went to the musical, and in front of him they put Shakespeare. And “Guardians” of DC is the most “adult” superhero movie ever, which is worth watching even with a complete lack of interest in the topic. Here is the irony on the theme of all superhero cliches, and sex, and broken bones right in front of the viewer in front of the eyes. In general: chewing popcorn is Marvel. To think how we got to such a life is DC. Why is it important today Films about superheroes have gained both weight and pace: they come out every year, regularly collect millions of dollars at the box office, and promote acting careers. Robert Downey Jr. and Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale and Scarlett Johansson – we are not saying that these actors would not have existed without comic book films, but that their careers have soared so high – no doubt, the merit of the movie comics also. The farther, the more serious these films have in their composition: now Benedict Cumberbatch is shooting for Marvel, Ben Affleck, Henry Cavell and beauty Gal Gadot for DC. Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman, Idris Elba, Mickey Rourke, Gwyneth Paltrow and many others – have long been in film comics. Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange If in 1997 everyone laughed at George Clooney, who put on a Batman costume with pronounced nipples, today for the sake of filming in comics, actors refuse other, at first glance, more serious roles.

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