Superheroes Decoded

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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... read more

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, and interviews with dozens of experts, fans and creators such as Captain America: Civil War star, Anthony Mackie; Captain America: Civil War directors, Anthony Russo and Joe Russo; A Game of Thrones author, George R. R. Martin; Iron Man Director, Jon Favreau; former President of Marvel Comics, Stan Lee; and best-selling author and DC comic writer Brad Meltzer; “Superheroes Decoded” tells the story of the modern era through the lens of America’s greatest fictional heroes. 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.

Original Release

04/30/2017 on HIST

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Cast

John K. Bucher Jr. Himself - Author, Mythologist (as John Bucher PhD)
John K. Bucher Jr. Himself - Author, Mythologist
Leonard Steinhorn Himself - Professor of History, American University
Marc Andreyko Himself - Comic Book Writer, Wonder Woman
G. Willow Wilson Herself - Comic Book Writer
Travis Langley Himself
William H. Foster III Himself - Author, Dreaming of a Face Like Ours
Christopher Priest Himself - Comic Book Writer, Black Panther
Andrew Aydin Himself - Author, March
Joseph P. Illidge Himself - Comic Book Writer & Editor (as Joseph Illidge)
(see additional cast & crew)
# Title Air Date
1 American Legends Sunday, 30 April 2017
2 American Rebels Monday, 01 May 2017

Writers

Josh Mensch

Cast

John K. Bucher Jr. Himself - Author, Mythologist (as John Bucher PhD)
John K. Bucher Jr. Himself - Author, Mythologist
Leonard Steinhorn Himself - Professor of History, American University
Marc Andreyko Himself - Comic Book Writer, Wonder Woman
G. Willow Wilson Herself - Comic Book Writer
Travis Langley Himself
William H. Foster III Himself - Author, Dreaming of a Face Like Ours
Christopher Priest Himself - Comic Book Writer, Black Panther
Andrew Aydin Himself - Author, March
Joseph P. Illidge Himself - Comic Book Writer & Editor (as Joseph Illidge)
Benjamin Leclear Himself - Manager, DC Comics Library
Hope Evans Boyd Herself - Daughter of Orrin C. Evans
Carolyn Cocca Herself - Author, Superwomen (as Carolyn Cocca PhD)
Peter Coogan Himself - Author, Superhero: The Secret Origin of a Genre (as Peter Coogan PhD)
Laura D'Amore Herself - Roger Williams University (as Laura D'Amore PhD)
Ramzi Fawaz Himself - Author, The New Mutants (as Ramzi Fawaz PhD)
Chris Gavaler Himself - Author, On The Origin of Superheroes
David Glazer Himself - Chief Communications &Strategy Officer, CCI
Adilifu Nama Himself - Author, Super Black (as Adilifu Nama PhD)
Nicola Scott Herself - Comic Book Artist, Wonder Woman

Producers

Morgan Spurlock Executive Producer
Matthew Galkin Executive Producer
Jeremy Chilnick Executive Producer
Ethan Goldman Executive Producer
Kristen Burns Executive Producer
Josh Mensch Executive Producer
Sean Frechette Producer
Jared Hacker Producer
Eric Enright Producer
Stacey Kleiger Producer
Vienna Maglio Producer
Joshua Levine Producer
Viva Van Loock Producer

Editors

Becky Goldberg, Evan Wise

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