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Britain's Favourite Superhero

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Documentary making extensive use of interviews and clips from big-budget Hollywood blockbusters to explore the story of how superheroes - once exclusively found on the pages of comic books - found their way to the silver screen, becoming bankable cinematic icons in the process. A Channel 4 poll outlines which do-gooders the British public have taken to their hearts, and the programme charts the history of big-screen heroics from the release of the ground-breaking Superman: The Movie in 1978 through to the high-profile releases arriving in cinemas in 2016. Along the way, viewers are given a chance to revisit Tim Burton's noir-themed iteration of Batman in the 1990s, the angst-filled antics of the X-Men and Spider-Man in the early noughties, and the far-reaching storylines of Marvel's inter-connected Avengers films. All this culminates as the poll results reveals which five heroes have captured British imaginations to become the nation's favourites.

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Review

Which lycra lover is your favourite? Batman? Elastigirl? Super Gran? And whose powers would you most like? I was always rather taken by Wonder Woman’s truth-telling lasso and invisible plane (which exposed our perfectly visible heroine as she flew through the air in the seated position).

This top-supes countdown shows the slow transition from the colour and camp of 70s Superman to the dark nights of The Dark Knight and subversion of Kick-Ass. Of course, there will be those who ask: why don’t we all just live in the real world? But as prime fantasist JRR Tolkien once put it: “The only people who inveigh against escape are jailers.”

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