Some discussion points to think of while you watch:
- How is the masculine body presented throughout the film?
- Are there any differences in the body types and how masculine their character is?
- The body as object – how are male vs female bodies objectified differently?
- What difference are there in the types of actions/dialogue in the male vs female characters?
- How does the male body type affect the character and the perception of that character by others?
- Is there any correlation between the character body type and what super powers they have?
- How does the physical body influence identity for a character, or the audience perception of that character?
- How is costume used to present the male figure?
- What issues of identity are brought up by having 2 constructed beings in the film?
- What is the film saying about masculinity and society?
- What is it saying about femininity and society?
- How does the environment affect or influence the portrayal of masculinity?
Screening Related Topics & Reading
The Evolution of the ‘Perfect’ Hero Body
Over the last 60 years, on-screen superheroes have reflected America’s changing ideals for men’s physiques.
Supermanhood: Geek Guys and Hypermasculinity in Superhero Movies
It is essentially male bonding or friendship-building by way of violence and it usually elicits wild cheers from audiences. It’s a plot point that I think should at least raise questions regarding the kinds of behavior being modeled for men about male relationships and communication.