HISTORY channel is exploring the rise of superheroes from cult comics to mainstream pop culture and global box office gold.
Two-part special, Superheroes Decoded, premieres on BT TV channel 327/379 on Saturday, August 12th at 9pm and follows the journey of superheroes.
Featuring commentary from Stan Lee, Game of Thrones author George RR Martin, Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins and Jon Favreau, the show explores the mythic characters, their enduring appeal and how they have been redefined for the each generation.
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Catch Superheroes Decoded on Saturday, August 12th and 19th on HISTORY.
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Part one explores the making of the iconic 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 examines 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.