Superhero flicks are one hot genre of movies today. And why not? After all, they’re the most interesting genre of film on tap today. For the past several years, a number of the top grossing cinematic offerings have been superhero movies. But how can a genre that used to target mainly children be so popular today? One reason is that superheroes are just plain good people. They show an astonishing level of virtue and humanity, and this is easy to identify with. A superhero is the kind of person that we are or that we hope to become. Additionally, superhero origin stories often deal with death and loss, and this can evoke a sympathetic response from the audience. Take Batman, for instance. For most of his life, he has struggled with the memory of watching his parents die. And who among us hasn’t felt a similar sting of loss? So in a world of evil and misfortune, people love to see their superheroes who act as symbols of virtue and who vanquish villains—as well as their own weaknesses.
Which of the following data support one of the author’s assertions for why superhero movies are so popular today?
The passage states that superheroes are “easy to identify with.” So identifying with Wonder Woman’s struggles mirrors one of the author’s assertions as to why the films are so popular.
Computer animation is now responsible for more than 95% of all special effects in movies is incorrect. Although special effects are popular, they are not cited as a reason for the popularity of superhero movies in the passage.
Over half of all moviegoers prefer watching sequels and prequels to any other type of film is incorrect. Certainly, there are many superhero sequels and prequels, but that is not given as a reason for the popularity of superhero films.
Seventy-five percent of those surveyed stated that they preferred villains to superheroes is incorrect. The passage talks exclusively about superheroes and does not mention the villains that they fight against.