Holding Out for a Hero

This 2008 article discusses U.S. consumers' collective need for heroes: figures in the popular consciousness who stand up for what is right and defend against what is wrong.

Holding Out for a Hero

We love our superheroes. While 2007 witnessed the downfall of many real-life idols—from Michael Vick to Roger Clemens to Britney Spears—fictional superheroes are soaring. Spiderman 3 was the top-grossing film of 2007, (1) and we can look for more superhero action on screens large and small in 2008: The Hulk, Batman and Iron Manwill make their big-screen comebacks, while NBC will roll out the second season of “Heroes” (that is, if a superhero-like negotiator can end the writers' strike). There are plenty of heroic protagonists to cheer...

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