In the 50s, 60s and 70s, kids grasped onto the notion the world was filled with superheroes. During that time, comic books taught all of us what was possible in the world of fighting crime. As time has gone on by, geeks like Patrick Mahony and others have sought ways to bring those very same superheroes to life in the world as we know it now.
It started with television shows and cartoons like Batman, Superman and the Green Hornet. When it became clear fans and believers would gravitate in mass towards the concept of seeing their superheroes brought to life in living color, it became equally clear that the next medium for the superhero industry would be movies.
Through the remainder of the 20th century, the waters were tested with a Batman or Superman movie coming to the big screen. By the time comic book creators and the movie industry were able to grasp the merchandising potential of a “true” superhero, the 21st century was upon us and our favorite heroes were making regular appearances.
In recent years, geeks have flocked to the movie theaters to see franchise movies like X-Men, The Avengers, Spiderman, Batman, The Hulk and the Fantastic Four. Everyday, there’s mention of a new franchise under consideration. It looks like Wonder Woman and the League of Justice are poised to make their initial appearance. In the process, superhero junkies continue to have a growing appetite for seeing good conquer evil.
We can only assume that our lovable geeks are still able to distinguish between fantasy and reality, but one has to pause for a second and consider the possibilities. To date, we have seen comic book heroes come to life through some forms of media. Isn’t it possible that science will someday help people acquire “superpowers” that will take everything to the next step where reality imitates art?