CAMP and the Post Modern Superhero

Updated: Dec 11, 2019

I often found the realistic turn in superhero films to be cringe-worthy. A man in a costume fighting crime should be silly, surreal, and ridiculous. Of course, I´m not the only one and oversaw a whole tradition of ridiculous superheros in film and television. In light of the super depressing Joker characters in the last Batman fims (Ledger, Phoenix), I´m looking forward to a contemporary take on a surrealist or even DADAIST BATMAN.


From Wikipedia, "CAMP"


"Much of the cult following of camp today grew rapidly during the transition from black-and-white to color television in the early 1960s. Network programming during that time sought entertainment content that would display the new medium with the use of bright colors and high stylization. The concept of the comicbook superhero (an individual in a highly stylized, outlandish and possibly impractical costume avenging otherwise serious matters such as murder) could be interpreted as camp. However, since it was aimed initially at children, it is camp only in a secondary perspective. It was not until the 1960s television version of Batman (one of the more famous examples of camp in popular culture, 1966–1968) that the link was made explicit, with the inherent ridiculousness of the concept exposed as a vehicle for comedy. The villains of series as divergent as Batman and The Mod Squad (1968–1973) were costumed as to take advantage of new colors and changing fashion styles, in ways that took advantage of camp.

Ironically, even Batman fell victim to contemporaneous parodies, with the release of Captain Niceand Mr. Terrific, which layered extra camp onto the already overladen superhero concept."





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