Study one set genre (e.g. Disaster films, Horror, Science Fiction, Crime) to change every three years.
Gain an awareness of the contemporary film industry (mainly Hollywood) and of the audiences for film.
The set genre, Superhero films , first examined in Summer 2013, will be available for examination until a new specification is introduced (date to be confirmed).
Areas of study
What are the conventions of the Superhero genre?
The word "Superhero" dates back to 1916 but it wasn't until 2009 where both Marvel and DC comics jointly registered "SUPER HEROES" as a trademark.
A superhero is a person who is dedicated in order to protect the public from harm.
They usually have a secret identity so the public cannot guess who they are, but whilst saving people from harm, they usually wear a costume and mask and have a signature trademark (such as a bat for Batman).
The Superhero genre itself does have several conventions including:
Having either extraordinary powers, equipment or skills -
A Moral Code -
A Secret Identity -
Supporting Characters -
Financial Support -
Achilles Heel -
Rogues Gallery -
Costume features -
Masks to protect their secret identity.
A symbol to make a superhero more distinguishable.
Form fitting clothing (often referred as spandex).
Even pants over their tights.
Interestingly enough, although capes are often associated with superheros, very few actually wear them. As both Batman and Superman wear them, they were the most popular of the superheros and as a result, the cape quickly become associated with superheroes
More on codes and conventions here:
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