The History Channel is giving us a revealing peek under the cape with its new two-part exploration of comic book crusaders, a riveting multi-part documentary titled Superheroes Decoded.
Airing over two nights on April 30 and May 1, this detailed examination of what makes our beloved superheroes tick is stuffed with rare archival footage, vintage art and interviews from some of the legends of the industry like Stan Lee and show business luminaries who work in these particular arenas of pop culture incl,uding Avengers: Infinity War directors Anthony and Joe Russo, Anthony Mackie (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), Game of Thrones' George R.R. Martin, director Jon Favreau and DC Comics writer Brad Meltzer.
Here's the official description from History:
“With rare access to top creators at both DC and Marvel, Superheroes Decoded uncovers how the rise of the superhero parallels America’s rise as a superpower in the 20th century, evolving through the decades into a uniquely American mythology that has captured audiences across the globe. Using modern film clips, vintage comic artwork, historical archival material.”
Part One will aim its penetrating lens at the creation of the classic American superhero:
“From the creation of Superman, Batman, Captain America, Wonder Woman, Spider-Man and beyond, these all-American legends have endured through decades of war, triumph and scandal, constantly evolving to reflect the country’s changing values in a tumultuous world. From World War II and Vietnam to Watergate and the tragedy of 9/11, these mythic heroes embody America’s deepest fears and greatest aspirations.”
Part Two dissects the notion of the American rebel and the true definition of a hero:
“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.”
Produced by Morgan Spurlock and Jeremy Chilnick's Warrior Poets, Superheroes Decoded strikes the cable network on April 30 and May 1 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
With a flood of superhero flicks poised to invade multiplexes from now until infinity, here's a perfect instructional series to prime you for Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Wonder Woman, Spider-Man Homecoming, Thor: Ragnarok and Justice League later this year.