Warner Bros

Warner Bros

At the middle of the Venn diagram of overused movie tropes of the minute is the overlap between ‘reboot’ and ‘superhero’ – the origin story.

When done poorly, an origin story simply regurgitates a familiar story that most of us all know, and as such the origin story takes a lot of flak for being an easy way of starting up a franchise. However, done well, an origin story that cuts to the core of what makes a particular superhero great can produce something really special.

The scenes in this article may not be the very beginning of that character’s origin, but they represent a key moment in their development and very probably the moment that audiences were completely sold on whatever that character had to offer – even if they’re not a completely faithful adaptation of the character as they appear in the comic books

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This article was first posted on December 27, 2013