SU­PER­HEROES AS­SEM­BLE!

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SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - The sfx years | 2010 - 2015 -

The golden age of screen su­per­heroes was here. Main­stream crit­ics carped that the bub­ble was bound to burst but hey, they’d been say­ing that since the first “Su­per­hero Sum­mer” in 2008. The Marvel Cin­e­matic Uni­verse was in full swing now, pump­ing out hit movie af­ter hit movie. When your least suc­cess­ful film is Cap­tain Amer­ica: The First Avenger, you’ve got lit­tle to worry about, es­pe­cially when your most suc­cess­ful movie, Avengers As­sem­ble, is the third big­gest box- of­fice money spin­ner ever.

DC lagged be­hind on the big screen. Green Lan­tern was a mis­fire, Man Of Steel was too dour and gritty for its own good and the Nolan Bat tril­ogy – while bril­liant – was too self- con­tained to build a uni­verse around. But DC shone on the small screen. Af­ter a false start as Mercy Reef – an Aqua­man spinoff from Smal­lville – sank un­cer­e­mo­ni­ously, Ar­row, Gotham and The Flash pro­duced some out­stand­ing and stylish episodes.

In the UK the Ten­nant/ Davies era of Doc­tor Who handed over to the Smith/ Mof­fat era, and the show em­braced time para­doxes and dark fan­tasy like never be­fore. The show’s 50th an­niver­sary gave us a crowd­pleas­ing romp that teamed up Ten­nant with Smith – and threw in a sur­prise birth­day present in the aus­pi­cious form of John Hurt as the War Doc­tor. By the end of 2013 we had yet an­other new Doc­tor as Peter Ca­paldi and his attack eye­brows in­her­ited the key to the TARDIS.

Lost fin­ished with an episode pretty much uni­ver­sally loathed, not be­cause an­swers failed to ma­te­ri­alise but be­cause the ones that did were rub­bish. Soon af­ter that, Ashes To Ashes showed how a be­guil­ingly weird fi­nale should be done.

Game Of Thrones and The Walk­ing Dead were the kings of ca­ble, tak­ing full ad­van­tage of their free­dom to be gross and pervy and – most shock­ing of all – talky to rack up view­ing fig­ures the ma­jor broad­cast­ers would kill for ( blood­ily, no doubt). In both cases, pop­u­lar­ity came hand- in- hand with crit­i­cal ac­claim.

An­other pleas­ant sur­prise was a new backto- ba­sics se­ries of Red Dwarf on Dave that was gen­uinely a re­turn to peak form.

Ham­mer was back in ac­tion with The Woman In Black, the most suc­cess­ful UK hor­ror film ever ( though no one seemed

This man is not a goodie.

Thor: still a fella on the sil­ver screen.

The Walk­ing Dead shows no sign of blis­ters yet.

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