Superhero film  

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"The superhero film genre experienced renewed and intense interest throughout the 2000s. Some attributed this increased popularity to the social and political climate in Western society since the September 11 attacks."--Sholem Stein

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A superhero film, superhero movie, or superhero motion picture is an action, fantasy or science fiction film that is focused on the actions of one or more superheroes, individuals who usually possess superhuman abilities relative to a normal person. These films are almost always action-oriented, and the first film of a particular character often includes a focus on the origin of the special powers including the first fight against the character's most famous archenemy or supervillain. The plot typically revolves around the efforts of the superheroes to thwart some dire peril of significant consequence.

Most superhero movies are adapted from comic books, where they are most prominent. Several such as Darkman, The Meteor Man, Up, Up, and Away, The Incredibles and Hancock, are original.

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