Friday, January 27, 2012

Link - Indian Cinema Superheroes

An interesting roundup of Indian cinema superheroes from the Die, Danger, Die, Die, Kill! blog: Indian Superhero Roll-Call. This blog takes a non-academic, but not uninformed, look at the sort of pop cinema from around the world that rarely makes it to the US or UK, although some of the films reviewed are better known than others. There are plenty of entries on non-English language superhero films, which adds up to an interesting view of how the figure of the superhero has been used outside the US. If there was one claim made in this entry that I would like to challenge, it's that Krrish has two sequels; as far as I can tell the first sequel to the film is in early production at the time of writing, although there is an understandable source of confusion, as it is apparently titled Krrish 3. Actor Hrithik Roshan explains this in an interview with 'Actually it is Krrish 3, because first was Koi Mil Gaya (2003), then Krrish (2006) and now Krrish 3.' In any case, those of us who enjoyed Krrish will no doubt be glad to hear that the sequel is actually underway.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Quick Links

Two quick links for you:

For the many of you who have read our entry on La Mujer Murcielago, the University of Stirling's fascinating Gothic Imagination blog has an entry on the Blue Demon comics that is well worth reading. Blue Demon was a luchador who had a long screen history, but also appeared in other media, as well as the wrestling ring, including the photocomics explored in this entry.

Secondly, the 2012 Film and History Conference currently has a Call for Papers for an area of multiple panels entitled America's Pantheon: Superheroes and Sports Heroes in Film and Television.