Suiting Up

‘Iron Man' & ‘Redbelt'

I can’t write a fair review of Iron Man because the Spider-Man trilogy has ruined the superhero genre for me. Though Tim Burton’s Batman may have started the trend of showing the “human” side of comic-book champions, Spidey consolidated it. Even in his precinematic comic-book period, he was truly one of Hamlet’s spiritual children, and the movies expanded Peter Parker’s vacillations to the point where (in Spider-Man 3) he realized that the...

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About the Author

Richard Alleva has been reviewing movies for Commonweal since 1990.