2015 Schedule
Interactive: March 13–17  •  Film: March 13–21  •  Music: March 17–22

Civic Lessons From Superheroes

Saturday, March 14
11:00AM - 12:00PM

Austin Convention Center
Room 12AB
Austin Convention Center

People often assume the comic book movies that dominate the multiplex each summer are mindlessly escapist – but that is far from the case. The Dark Knight trilogy, Iron Man 3, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and X-Men: Days of Future Past have featured challenging political critiques and even wholesale questioning of American values and identity. These movies continue a long tradition of provocative political engagement in their comic book source material, dating back to when Captain America punched Hitler on the cover of his debut issue – months before the US entered World War II. BBC Culture deputy editor Christian Blauvelt will show how thematically rich and deeply subversive the superhero film genre can be.


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Christian Blauvelt

Deputy Editor/Culture


Christian Blauvelt is Deputy Editor-Culture of BBC.com in New York. He commissions and edits stories related to film, TV, music, art and books, helps to manage a team of writers, and makes frequent...

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