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The Comic Book Film AdaptationExploring Modern Hollywood's Leading Genre$
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Liam Burke

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781628462036

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2016

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781628462036.001.0001

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The Comic Book Movie Genre

The Comic Book Movie Genre

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(p.84) Chapter Two The Comic Book Movie Genre
Source:
The Comic Book Film Adaptation
Author(s):

Liam Burke

Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781628462036.003.0003

The comic book film adaptation trend ushered in by X-Men in 2000 soon developed into a full-fledged genre. Chapter Two charted the development of this genre and probed its boundaries. Identifying the conventions of these films, the chapter defined the comic-book movie as a genre that follows a vigilante or outsider character engaged in a form of revenge narrative, and is pitched at a heightened reality with a visual style marked by distinctly comic book imagery. Refining earlier genre models with a bacterial growth analogy, the development of this genre was plotted and its next phase was predicted.

Keywords:   Genre, Comic-Book Movie, Vigilante, Revenge Narrative, Heightened Reality

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