Monday, August 01, 2011

The tropes have it

For those continuing to predict the death of the superhero movie bubble- here is why that has now become impossible:

Superhero tropes are now officially everywhere.

Hanna Montana has a secret identity.

Don Draper has a secret identity.

Further- 9 of the highest grossing movies (adjusted for inflation) have plots or characters involving super-science or magic, or both. The number is 10 if you want to be a heathen like me and add the 10 Commandments to that list (Moses was SUCH a 20th level Cleric).

Now granted- these were all really PULP tropes- but for decades the keepers of that flame were comics writers and their fans.

And then, invisibly, these pulp/comics fans formed a 5th column and infiltrated every aspect of the entertainment medium, poisoning an unsuspecting nation with their worldview.

We're everywhere. We strike, and sink back into the night, often thanked by those we have converted to our cause, like Morpheus from the one and only Matrix movie (what? there were more? LALALALALA I can't hear you).

That show you thought was a soap about a plane crash?

Turns out it's a time travel show set in the nexus of all realities.

The spy show with the cute girl?

Her existence was prophesied several hundred years before she was born.

The most mainstream of cop and lawyer shows? Written by the guy who killed Gwen Stacy in a Spiderman comic.

In other words- there is no bubble to burst. Or there is, there are THOUSANDS of them.

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