Is Deadpool a Superhero Movie?
3. Superhero movies appear, on the surface, to be relatively simple to identify – they are films where one character is a superhero. However, a superhero character alone is not a sufficient element for us to consider a film for inclusion in the superhero genre. Examine a superhero film in terms of its generic components. What ideas, themes, cinematic elements, plot devices and character types are present in the film that indicates that it is a superhero movie? What components of the film might be unusual for the genre and what effect does this have on the film’s generic status? If you wish, you may argue that a film that is not typically considered a superhero film, actually is one when examined closely.