Comic-Con wrap-up: Are superheroes done for?

Jackie Earle Haley steps inside of the Night Owl's spaceship, walking gingerly past the pilot's seats toward the control panel, touching the blinking gauges and dials.

"It's still a little hard to believe," the balding, bespectacled actor says, "that I'm playing a superhero."

But if this year's Comic-Con convention, which wrapped up Sunday, has demonstrated anything, it's that comic-book and superhero movies are not what they used to be.

If anything, they're the opposite.

Gone are the lantern-jawed heroes whose raison d'ĂȘtre was to save mankind from villains threatening to wipe out the populace.

Instead, the anti-hero rules. He drinks heavily. He has problems performing in bed. He's as likely to kill an innocent as an evildoer. Often, he doesn't care that much for people.

(USA Today)


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