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Captain Marvel, an iconic and influential example of the genre.

Superhero fiction is a genre of speculative fiction examining the adventures, personalities and ethics of costumed crime fighters known as superheroes, who often possess superhuman powers and battle similarly powered criminals known as supervillains. The genre primarily falls between hard fantasy and soft science fiction spectrum of scientific realism. It is most commonly associated with American comic books, though it has expanded into through adaptations and original works.

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Anole is a fictional mutant superhero in the Marvel Universe. He was created by Christina Weir and Nunzio DeFilippis and first appeared in issue #2 of New Mutants (Vol. 2) (August 2003). A student at the Xavier Institute and junior member of the X-Men, Victor Borkowski is one of the few openly gay characters in the Marvel Universe. His reptilian mutation grants him superhuman abilities including wallcrawling, a prehensile tongue, and adaptive camouflage. Initially a supporting character, Weir and DeFilippis intended for the character to commit suicide early in the series after coming out as gay and finding himself rejected by his family and friends. According to the writers, the story was to serve as a message about intolerance. Marvel editors scrapped the story due to concerns about the controversy it might generate. The storyline was rewritten and the character survived. He since became a fan favorite and began to be featured regularly throughout the series and as a main character in subsequent X-Men-related titles, including New X-Men and the short-lived Young X-Men.

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Lee Meriwether as Catwoman

 

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Steve Ross Purcell

Steve Ross Purcell is an American cartoonist, animator and game designer. He is most widely known as the creator of Sam & Max, an independent comic book series about a pair of anthropomorphic animal vigilantes and private investigators, for which Purcell received an Eisner Award in 2007. He performed freelance work for Marvel Comics and Fishwrap Productions before publishing his first Sam & Max comic in 1987.

Purcell's work in superhero fiction came primarily from his freelance work for various comic book companies, for which he was hired for such work as New Mutants, Hellboy Christmas Special, Alpha Flight, Marvel Comics Presents, Secret Files and Origins, and Defenders of Dynatron City. (read more...)

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"[Watchmen] was considered too dark, too complex, too 'smart'. But the world has changed [after the September 11, 2001 attacks]. I think that the new global climate has finally caught up with the vision that Alan Moore had in 1986. It is the perfect time to make this movie."

David Hayter, in October 2001, on the project's timing

The production of the Watchmen film based on the original twelve-issue comic book limited series of same name was a decades-long process. The original comic book series created by writer Alan Moore, artist Dave Gibbons, and colorist John Higgins, was published by DC Comics between 1986 and 1987. The production process for the film consisted of several false starts and changes in the owners of the film rights, and eventually culminated in the 2009 film.

The graphic novel's film rights were acquired by producer Lawrence Gordon in 1986. Many problems halted the adaptation's development, with four different studios and various directors and screenwriters being attached to the project through twenty years. In 2006, Zack Snyder, who at the time was filming another comic book adaptation, 300, was hired by Warner Bros. to helm Watchmen. Filming started in 2007, and following deals with two of the previous companies involved in the development—Paramount Pictures, responsible for international distribution rights, and 20th Century Fox, which received the right to part of the gross—the Watchmen adaptation was finally released on March 2009.

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