Batman and Superman still occupy a unique place as pop culture's most iconic heroes

Marvel might have raced ahead of DC at the box office, but the rival comics company still possesses the two most iconic superhero franchises in Batman and Supermana commodity, as recent events have demonstrated, that can be both a blessing and a curse.

The latest DC FanDome event unleashed seismic waves through social media with the first extensive preview of “蝙蝠侠,” the upcoming movie starring Robert Pattinson. The film marks a significant reboot of the character, whose last solo screen outingexcluding director Zack Snyder’s more recent contributions — 原为 “The Dark Knight Rises” 在 2012.
Robert Pattinson stars in the upcoming movie 'The Batman.'

Superman, 与此同时, caused palpitations in conservative media circles by announcing that the familiar sloganTruth, justice and the American way” 将 drop the nationalistic part of that equation, with the comics featuring Superman’s son, Jonathan Kent, now going by the goal ofTruth, justice and a better tomorrow.
    Never mind, as more than a few have noted, 那 “The American waywas a World War II addition for the radio show in the 1940s, one that followed the character into television. As Erik Lundegaard wrote in the New York Times 后 “Superman Returnspremiered in 2006, when the radio show made its debut during World War II, “We were all fighting for the American way. Why shouldn’t Superman?”
      Coming on the heels of the recent announcement that Jonathan Kent in the comics is bisexual, it didn’t take much to trigger charges of “醒来” media reshaping the Man of Steel to fit their narrative and rejectingthe American way.
        DC Comics publisher Jim Lee explained thenew missionby stating that itbetter reflects the storylines that we’re telling across DC and honors Superman’s incredible legacy.” (DC and Warner Bros. are part of WarnerMedia, as is CNN.)
        Through the years, the excitement that has greeted new projects featuring these twin creations of the 1930s has often been accompanied by angst and handwringing. The value of being etched in the public consciousnessof needing no introduction, unlike something like DC’s Black Adam or Marvel’s upcoming “永恒族”comes with the baggage of everyone harboring preconceived notions of what the character represents, or at least should.
          'Superman: Red Son' speculated on a world where the son of Krypton landed in Russia, not Kansas.

          Yet the at best myopic and at worst bad-faith takes ignore that reinvention and reconstruction of the charactersmythologysometimes inwhat if,” alternate-history form, others more enduringhas consistently been a part of these heroes, and indeed has helped account for their durability.
          一路上, there has been the lighter Batman that became the source of the campy TV show starring Adam West in the 1960s, giving way to the darker version that Tim Burton advanced with “蝙蝠侠” 在 1989. Camp returned under director Joel Schumacher, before Christopher Nolan’s trilogy starring Christian Bale.
          Comic-book visions of Batman, already adapted as animated movies, have also ranged from young and learning the ropes (“蝙蝠侠: Year One”) to older, gnarled and bitter (“The Dark Knight Returns”). That latter strain clearly informed Ben Affleck’s take, and it’s worth remembering his casting triggered aBatlashthat nearly broke Twitter.
          As for Superman, there has been plenty of experimentation and flights of fancy there as well, 包含 Superman: Red Son,” which speculated about what might have happened if this strange visitor from another planet had landed in Russia instead of Kansas.
          仍然, whenever DC strays from what’s perceived to be the square-jawed vision of these characters on the cover of World’s Finest comics in the 1950s (back when they were largely stripped of such gradations), everyone is suddenly an expert, and such perspective inevitably goes flying out the window faster than a speeding bullet.
            Built on a foundation of characters introduced in the 1960s, Marvel had to play catch up during the early stages of its cinematic plans, but its success sinceIron Manhas yielded a similar sense of ownership among fans, 在一个 “更多钱, more problems” 方式.
            仍然, the unique place that Superman and Batman occupy in pop culture creates a distinct set challenges, as well as opportunities. While it’s hard to tell whether “蝙蝠侠” can live up to the hype and expectations, it’s a safe prediction that when the Batmobile hits the road again in March, it won’t suffer for a lack of backseat drivers.