Week Three: Does This Sound Like a Superhero?

[Week Three broadcast of “The Superhero Show” from WAMH 89.3 FM Amherst; originally aired 10/10/2015]

[Note: Unfortunately, the recording apparatus for the broadcast malfunction so there’s no podcast or recording for this week.]

Question of the week: Which one sounds like a superhero?

Interviewees were read three quotes from superhero genre movies. They were asked which quote was spoken by a superhero. Their answers were all across the board but the clear loser was the second quote…

Quote 1 (1:14-1:35)

Quote 2 (0:06-0:23)

Quote 3 (1:38-1:41)

So are women allowed to be superheroes? Even their most heroic lines in the cinematic universe are geared towards the male view.

That story not only has Action, it has a Hero. Heroes are powerful. Before you know it, the men and women in the wild oat patch and their kids and the skills of the makers and the thoughts of the thoughtful and the songs of the singers are all a part of it, have all been pressed into service in the tale of the Hero. But it isn’t their story. It’s his.

LeGuin, Ursula K. “The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction.” The Ecocriticism Reader: Landmarks in Literary Ecology. N.p.: U of Georgia, n.d. 150. Print.

Also, consider, Marvel Studios pushing back the Captain Marvel by another year in order to have another Ant-Man movie. But on the other hand, this next Ant-Man movie is slated to be titled “Ant-Man and the Wasp” which is the first time a heroine will be in a Marvel movie. Fortunately, we have Wonder Woman coming out in the meantime.

So can women be superheroes? Short Answer: Maybe…We’re not done with this question just yet. Stay tuned.

Playlist

Wonder Woman-performed by The New South Bay Orchestra; TV Theme Vintage 70’s, 2011 

Cream on Chrome – performed by Ratatat; Magnifique, 2015

I Melt With You– performed by Bowling for Soup, 2005

Current Lead of Favorite Superhero Poll

Batman

Current Superhero Poll 10/10 (Batman Leading Popularity)
Current Superhero Poll 10/10 (Batman Leading Popularity)

“The Superhero Show” broadcasts live from WAMH at Amherst College on Saturday nights from 8-9pm EDT/US. Listen at 89.3FM or wamhradio.com

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