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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

(p.84) Chapter Two The Comic Book Movie Genre
The Comic Book Film Adaptation

Liam Burke

University Press of Mississippi

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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