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Thursday, June 11, 2015

How To Be A Superhero


Here's my conversation with Mark Edlitz, author of "How To Be A Superhero," in which he interviews 35 actors and actresses who have played comic book superheroes on TV or in movies. I asked him whether any of them started to believe they had super powers, how much more fun it was to play a super-villain, and how women like Yvonne Craig (Batgirl) and Helen Slater (Supergirl) felt about the way female superheroes are portrayed on screen and in print. We also talked about how some of these actors -- e.g. Adam West (Batman), Lou Ferrigno (The Incredible Hulk) -- milked everything they could out of the characters they played. Of course, we invoked the name of legendary comic book creator Stan Lee, too.

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