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Toxic MasculinityMapping the Monstrous in Our Heroes$
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Esther De Dauw and Daniel J. Connell

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781496828934

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2021

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496828934.001.0001

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The Simulacrum of Hypermasculinity in Comic Book Cinema

The Simulacrum of Hypermasculinity in Comic Book Cinema

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(p.19) The Simulacrum of Hypermasculinity in Comic Book Cinema
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Toxic Masculinity
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Daniel J. Connell

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496828934.003.0002

This chapter discusses the intensification of hypermasculinity’s physical aspect through the character of Wolverine as portrayed by Hugh Jackman. Delving into Baudrillard’s concept of the simulacrum and the hyperreal, Connell’s chapter discusses the impact of live action actors depicting our superheroes, blurring the line between what is physically achievable and what is not. This chapter posits that this proliferation of muscularity – a near requisite of male actors portraying hero roles – has paradoxically moved the aesthetics of the film further along Baudrillard’s phases of the image even while bringing the reality of the film closer to its source material.

Keywords:   Wolverine, Baudrillard, Hypermasculinity, Simulacrum, Superhero Film

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