Why Superhero Movies ARE Cinema (& Why The Debate Is Pointless)

  • Superhero movies like The Dark Knight and Black Panther transcend genre boundaries and explore complex themes that delve into the human condition.
  • These films offer thought-provoking content alongside raw entertainment, addressing societal challenges and power dynamics.
  • The fear that superhero movies will compromise traditional cinema is unfounded, as cinema is constantly evolving and adapting to new storytelling forms. The superhero genre deserves recognition as a legitimate part of cinema and modern mythology.
In modern cinema's constantly expanding and complicated reality, superhero movies from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the DC Universe have stirred a contentious debate: Do they qualify as "real" cinema? Will any upcoming Marvel movies or one of the rebooted DCU line-up break the culture of cynicism? There's an implied exclusivity to a question like that, as though a thing like art and cinema can only belong to one group or another when, in reality, art belongs to all of humanity.
This debate appears to be about film classification, but it touches upon far deeper questions of artistic merit, value, and genre categorization. The implication is that the person who not only asks this question but puts up a narrow and often slanted answer to their own question is playing favorites and not being altogether objective. Andy Warhol said it best: "Art is whatever you can get away with." Now, let's settle the debate once and for all.


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