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Superheroes Decoded reveals how the origin stories of our most iconic superheroes are the building blocks of a uniquely American mythology. This special 2-night, four-hour event is equal parts fan film and informed documentary, mixing clips from present-day blockbuster films with vintage comic book artwork and historical archival to tell the surprising story of the modern era through the lens of our fictional heroes. The program features heroes and villains from both Marvel and DC side by side, as well as commentary from creators, artists, filmmakers, famous fans, and the stars who bring these characters to life on TV and film. We'll see how the rise of the superhero parallels America's rise as a superpower in the 20th century, and how both stories continue to evolve into the future.

1 Season, 2 Episodes
April 30, 2017
Cast: John K. Bucher Jr., Kevin Conroy, Steve Englehart
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Superheroes Decoded Full Episode Guide

  • The second segment of the documentary will examine "the American rebel and how sometimes being a hero means breaking the rules."From the beginning, superheroes like The X-Men, The Hulk, Black Panther, Iron Man, Luke Cage, and Wolverine have challenged authority and fought for outsiders, a battle that reflects the country's most profound real-world divisions and struggles for justice. From their often controversial origins to recent resurgence in movies of today, these rebels redefine heroism for a new generation.

  • Superman, Batman, Captain America, Wonder Woman, Spider-Man and beyond are the foundation of the modern superhero. Since their creation, these all-American icons have endured through decades of war, triumph and scandal, constantly evolving to reflect the country's changing values in a tumultuous world.

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