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History Channel’s ‘Superheroes Decoded’ Airing Soon

Posted on Apr 20, 2017 by in The Screen | 0 comments

At 9p.m on April 30th, the History Channel will be airing the first episode of a highly anticipated 2-parter called Superheroes Decoded. The show will track the history of comic books and superheroes through the decades.

If you are like me and are at all interested in history, specifically comic book history and how the industry has evolved and responded to events over the years then this is a show that you will want to watch.

The show will feature rarely seen footage as well as appearances by Stan “The Man” Lee, Anthony Russo, Joe Russo (The Avengers movies), George R.R. Martin (Game of Thrones), John Favreau (Iron Man), Brad Meltzer (Writer for DC Comics).

Superheroes Decoded

From the description:

S1 / E1: American Legends, (TV-PG): Superman, Batman, Captain America, Wonder Woman Spider-man and beyond are the foundation of the modern superhero. Since their creation, these all-American icons have endured through decades of war, triumph and scandal, constantly evolving to reflect the country’s changing values in a tumultuous world.  From World War II and Vietnam, to Watergate and the tragedy of 9/11, these mythic heroes embody America’s deepest fears and greatest aspirations. This two-part special reveals how superheroes have evolved through decades of history to become a uniquely American mythology.”

S1 / E2: American Legends, (TV-PG): The American rebel and how sometimes being a hero means breaking the rules. From the beginning, superheroes like The X-Men, The Hulk, Black Panther, Iron Man, Luke Cage, and Wolverine have challenged authority and fought for outsiders, a battle that reflects the country’s most profound real-world divisions and struggles for justice. From their often controversial origins to recent resurgence in movies of today, these rebels redefine heroism for a new generation.”

Superheroes Decoded is produced for the History Channel by Warrior Poets (Morgan Spurlock and Jeremy Chilnick).

 

 

The Press Release Can be seen here and at this link:  http://www.aenetworks.com/article/history-premiere-two-part-special-superheroes-decoded-april-30-and-may-1-9pm-etpt

 

HISTORY® TO PREMIERE TWO-PART SPECIAL ‘SUPERHEROES DECODED’ SUNDAY, APRIL 30 AND MONDAY, MAY 1 AT 9PM ET/PT

STAN LEE, JON FAVREAU, ANTHONY MACKIE, GEORGE R.R. MARTIN AND MORE EXPERTS OFFER COMMENTARY ON THE ORIGINS OF AMERICA’S FAVORITE SUPERHEROES

New York, NY – April 19, 2017 HISTORY® reveals the surprising true beginnings of America’s legendary superhero characters in a new, two-part documentary special, “Superheroes Decoded, premiering Sunday, April 30 and Monday, May 1 at 9PM ET/PT. The first superheroes emerged in the dark days of the Great Depression and evolved into the blockbuster franchises we know today – their epic origin story is the story of America.

With rare access to top creators at both DC and Marvel, “Superheroes Decoded” uncovers how the rise of the superhero parallels America’s rise as a superpower in the 20th century, evolving through the decades into a uniquely American mythology that has captured audiences across the globe.  Using modern film clips, vintage comic artwork, historical archival material, and interviews with dozens of experts, fans and creators such as Captain America: Civil War star, Anthony Mackie; Captain America: Civil War directors, Anthony Russo and Joe Russo; A Game of Thrones author, George R. R. Martin; Iron Man Director, Jon Favreau; former President of Marvel Comics, Stan Lee; and best-selling author and DC comic writer Brad Meltzer; “Superheroes Decoded” tells the story of the modern era through the lens of America’s greatest fictional heroes.

Part one explores the making of the iconic American superhero. From the creation of Superman, Batman, Captain America, Wonder Woman, Spider-Man and beyond, these all-American legends have endured through decades of war, triumph and scandal, constantly evolving to reflect the country’s changing values in a tumultuous world. From World War II and Vietnam to Watergate and the tragedy of 9/11, these mythic heroes embody America’s deepest fears and greatest aspirations.

Part two examines the American rebel and how sometimes being a hero means breaking the rules. From the beginning, superheroes like The X-Men, The Hulk, Black Panther, Iron Man, Luke Cage, and Wolverine have challenged authority and fought for outsiders, a battle that reflects the country’s most profound real-world divisions and struggles for justice.  From their often controversial origins to recent resurgence in movies of today, these rebels redefine heroism for a new generation.

“Superheroes Decoded” is produced for HISTORY by Warrior Poets. Morgan Spurlock and Jeremy Chilnick are executive producers for Warrior Poets. Josh Mensch serves as co-executive producer for Warrior Poets. Kristen Burns serves as executive producer for HISTORY. A+E Networks holds worldwide distribution rights for “Superheroes Decoded.”

About HISTORY®
HISTORY®, now reaching more than 96 million homes, is the leading destination for award-winning series and specials that connect viewers with history in an informative, immersive and entertaining manner across all platforms. The network’s all-original programming slate features a roster of signature series including “Pawn Stars,” “American Pickers,” “The Curse of Oak Island,” “Alone” as well as the hit drama series “Vikings.”  The HISTORY website is located at history.com. Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/history and Facebook at facebook.com/history. For more press information and photography, please visit us at http://press.aenetworks.com.

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