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04 November 2011 @ 12:57 pm
Deconstructing Superheroes  
I've watched Megamind way too many times in the past month. There's something about media that deconstructs superhero tropes that really appeals to me. There is a fine line or something though, because although i enjoyed Watchmen it isn't the kind of thing that sucks me into watching it over and over again.

Things that do fall into the category:

The Incredibles
Kick-Ass (Which in some ways is darker than Watchmen, and yet also more amusing and more rewatchable.)
Soon I Will Be Invincible (Which is actually a book, but i'm definitely going to read it again at some point.)

I really need to watch Sky High. I've seen part of it and it seems like it _might_ fall into the same category. I also keep hearing about Mystery Men as well, and i really ought to check that out at some point. Monsters vs Aliens definitely had some of the same feel to it, though it was aimed at deconstructing a slightly different genre.

Can anyone else think of any examples that i've forgotten about? Or better yet aren't even aware of yet and ought to check out? :)
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Kirin: Gankutsuou-SDcountkirinn on November 4th, 2011 08:09 pm (UTC)
Hmm, you might want to check out Tiger and Bunny. I'm not sure whether I'd call it a deconstruction, but it uses American superhero tropes with anime style, and a hook of blatant corporate sponsorship that somewhat unsettlingly operates on both in-plot and real-world levels. And it's a pretty good show.
Coraa: etna <3coraa on November 4th, 2011 09:07 pm (UTC)
Oh yes! I have not yet watched Tiger & Bunny myself, but from what I've heard it's similar, and also pretty good.
DonAithnen: Anime: Ukyodonaithnen on November 5th, 2011 11:18 pm (UTC)
Okay, i'll check it out if i can figure out where to find it.
Kirin: Skuld-computerkirinn on November 6th, 2011 01:20 am (UTC)
I don't think it's officially released in English yet, though it's available through the usual unofficial channels. But it was an unexpected huge hit in Japan, and it's pretty accessible, so I'd be shocked if someone doesn't bring it out over here sooner or later.
受け継がれる意志: Hina :{dried_frog_icon}:doctorskuld on November 5th, 2011 12:36 am (UTC)
Mystery Men is one of my favorite movies of all time. It's so amazingly tongue in cheek about deconstructing the superhero and supervillian trope. I think it's an absolutely adorable film. As a film from the late 90's, it was really before it's time, I think.
DonAithnendonaithnen on November 5th, 2011 11:18 pm (UTC)
I seem to be getting conflicting messages about this one :)
Melissa Bthumbie on November 5th, 2011 02:15 am (UTC)
I hated Mystery Men, personally. It gave me a Ben Stiller prejudice that Zoolander and Dodgeball finally cured me of.
DonAithnendonaithnen on November 5th, 2011 11:19 pm (UTC)
Hmmm, so perhaps i ought to check it out and keep my expectations low.

...though for some reason i seem to have negative associations with the name "Ben Stiller" for reasons i don't know.