We have grown up swooning over them. For us, they transcended the world of make belief. They were real, if not reel. For generations, comics and superheroes have been a part of life. They grew even larger in proportion when movies were made on them. Agreed, they were mostly men but even then they had a large female following. The likes of Batman, Superman, Spiderman, He-Man, Tintin have all been a part of our daily lives and fantasies.
Keeping that in mind, a three-day festival, Comics to Films, is being organised in the city which will screen eight latest films on comic heroes.
‘Through this festival, we are celebrating American pop culture,’ says Supriya Suri, Artistic Director, CineDarbaar which is organising the festival in association with the American Centre.
The screenings include Planet Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, Green Lantern, The Smurfs, The Adventures of Tintin, Kick-Ass, and Cowboys & Aliens. Apart from film screenings, Suri says there will also be a gamebooth with gaming consoles, people dressed up as cartoon characters, quizzes, workshops which will teach one how to draw characters for comics, and storyboarding among others.
‘We tried to pick up the latest releases. The last time we organised a Books to Films festival which got great reviews. The success of that led to this festival,’ says Donald Maynard, Assistant Cultural Affairs Officer, American Centre.
In the Martin Campbell directed Green Lantern, a test pilot is granted an alien ring that bestows him with otherworldly powers, as well as membership into an intergalactic squadron tasked with keeping peace. In the 2010 film Kick-Ass, Dave Lizewski is an unnoticed student and comic book fan with a few friends. His life is not very difficult and his personal trials not that overwhelming. However, one day he makes the simple decision to become a superhero even though he has no powers or training.
Or you could watch the mythic Greek god Thor. The warrior Thor is cast out of the fantastic realm of Asgard by his father Odin (played by Anthony Hopkins) for his arrogance and sent to Earth to live among humans. Falling in love with scientist Jane Foster teaches Thor, and his strength comes into play as a villain from his homeland sends dark forces toward the earth.
If you love your comics, then this is where you should be.
May 18: Planet Hulk (3.30 pm), Kick-Ass (6.30 pm)
May 19: Iron MAn 2 (11.30 am), Cowboys & Aliens (3 pm), The Smurfs (6.30 pm)
May 20: Green Lantern (11.30 am), Thor (3 pm), The Adventures of Tintin (6.30 pm)
At: American Centre, Kasturba Gandhi Marg
When: 18-20 May
Entry: With a valid photo ID