Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Lynda Carter and others talk about the enduring legacy of "Superheroes"

It's been sitting in our DVR, and we finally took a crack at it last night -- PBS' new documentary series, "Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle." The three-episode series examines the powerful superhero genre and its legacy, as PBS' description says, and we weren't disappointed with episodes 1 and 2 that we viewed last night. Several comics industry professionals, including titans like Carmine Infantino and Stan Lee, discuss the advent of the superhero with Superman in 1938 and Batman in 1939, then the others that followed through the decades, and how their creation and their action reflected what was happening in the world around them. Lynda Carter talks about her own portrayal of Wonder Woman in the 1970s, with clips of the show. There's Joe Simon, Walt Simonson, Grant Morrison, Geoff Johns, Mark Waid, and many others, with actor Liev Schreiber of "Wolverine" hosting it all.

If it's too late for you to watch it on your own PBS affiliate, run, don't walk, over to PBS' website, where you can now view the three eps (for only a few days, though). Episode 3 for us tonight!

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