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Why is Hollywood fascinated by Superheroes ?
and Batman are
back .... together ! Once each
was about just one superhero : Superman, or Batman, or Spiderman, or
some other fantastic hero. Now Hollywood gives us several
different superheroes in the same film. Justice League, which comes
out in November 2017, is a movie that includes Superman, Batman, Wonder
Woman and more... all in the same movie
is Batman in the 2017 film Justice League
Not just Superman and Batman...
are just two superheroes out of many. We could
also include Spiderman,
Wonder Woman, Robin Hood, James Bond, Zorro, Indiana Jones
and a lot more. They're all more or less the same person, in different
forms. Some are in the past, others in the present, others in the
But why does Hollywood love superheroes? Is it a question of money? Of course; but it's not only money.
People have always loved superheroes. Long before
the first Hollywood movie, people loved stories about superheroes.
Robin Hood has been a popular hero for over 600 years ... and there
others before him.
The first superheroes were real
the stories about them were often invented. Some of the oldest European
superheroes were Charlemagne
and Roland (Orlando). Mediaeval
writers and singers invented exciting stories about these real men,
just as Hollywood invents stories about tomorrow's superheroes.
A thousand years ago, people sometimes sat round
in dark rooms in the evening, listening to the adventures of brave
heroes. Today, we sit in a dark room in the evening, watching the
adventures of the brave Batman. The medium
is different, the technology has changed .... but the people are really
Superman - perhaps the best-known of all superheroes
Hollywood doesn't actually
invent many new superheroes. Superman, Judge Dredd, Batman and the
others already "existed" before Hollywood discovered them. These three
all come from comic magazines.
The first Batman story came out in 1939!
So Batman has now been defending the people of Gotham City for over 80
years! There have been several Batman movies, with different stars
including Val Kilmer, George Clooney and Christian Bale. How long can
Superman is even older: he dates from
about 1932 (the exact year is not certain). Even Judge Dredd is a
familiar figure; he first appeared in England in 1977.
Hollywood's biggest superheroes live in
the future. That is not really surprising. Hollywood has fallen in love
with special effects, and the future allows great spectacular special
people today are frightened about the future. Things do not always look
good; perhaps we will need characters like Batman and Judge Dredd in
100 years' time. Perhaps we even need them today!
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you have been talking to Ben Affleck (who plays Batman in Justice League). How
did Ben answer your questions?.
Is Batman Hollywood's first superstar?
YOU: Who is Batman ?
YOU: Why do people love superheroes ?
YOU: Did superheroes exist before
YOU: Are you Hollywood's first Batman?
YOU: Are superheroes always imaginary
YOU: Do you think we'll see more
superheroes in the future?
Pay attention to the position of adverbs in this article. There is a
selection of adverbs of frequency, as well as other adverbs of time and
Ask pupils to try and reduce paragraphs 3 to 8 to about a half of their
current length, while maintaining as much of the essential information
What makes a superhero?
Ask pupils to describe their superhero, and explain why he (she) is so
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