Part 1 - Interview With a superhero
You're going to need to "interview" a superhero in order to learn a little bit about what makes them tick. Start by searching in one of the superhero databases for a character that you may be interested in, and trust me, there's a superhero for everybody.
Movie trailers are advertisements, trying to get customers to buy tickets. In order to do this, these companies will pick and choose very specific clips from the movie to convey a message. By paying close attention to the dialogue and video clips within a movie trailer, it's possible to characterize the protagonist or understand the conflict he/she has to deal with.
What is the hero's name? What ideas and emotions are associated with the name?
What is the name of the person under the mask? What is his/her day job?
Summary of Origin:
How did the character first obtain their abilities? What events, whether intentional or accidental, led them to become a superhero?
Powers & Example:
Identify their abilities and explain how they are used to help others.
Moral Code / Motivation:
Every hero has rules of some kind. Do they protect a certain kind of person or from a certain kind of threat? What motivated them to risk their lives for others?
Character Traits & Example:
Choose 3 character traits for the hero and either explain how they demonstrate these qualities or provide evidence showing the qualities in action.
Description of Costume / Impact on Audience:
Describe the appearance of the costume and any significance in colors or symbolism. Also, how do people react to this costume? How would YOU react to the costume if you saw them running around in YOUR city?
Universal Idea & Explanation:
Choose a universal idea that relates to your character and explain the relationship. What message does your character send? What do their actions and/or goals help people to learn?
Body Outline Assignment:
Choose a hero from the list and put your detective hat on. Use a body outline to figure out how the characters portray themselves when acting as a hero versus when they're by themselves. They all try to evoke certain feelings when in costume, but they also have things they aren't sharing with everybody else.
1. Outer Self
2. Inner Self
3. Answer the following questions at the bottom of the outline
Super Character Database
Looking for something a little more specific?
Superheroes from Different Countries
Superheroes of Different Faiths
Superheroes with Disabilities
Search by super powers and abilities
Iron Man 1
Iron Man 2
Captain America: The First Avenger
Iron Man 3
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Thor: The Dark World
Guardians of the Galaxy
Avengers Age of Ultron
Avengers Age of Ultron #2
The Amazing Spider-Man #1
The Amazing Spider-Man #2
Daredevil Season 2 #1 (featuring the Punisher)
Daredevil Season 2 #2 (featuring Elektra)
Captain America: Civil War
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Fox's Marvel Universe
X-Men: First Class
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Superman Man of Steel
Batman #1 Batman Begins
Batman #2 The Dark Knight
Batman #3 The Dark Knight Rises
Batman V Superman #1
Batman V Superman #2
Suicide Squad #1 (Bad guys)
Suicide Squad #2
When trying to analyze character traits, remember to ask about STEAL. How could we describe the characters based on these answers?
Speech - What does the character say? How does the character speak?
Thoughts - What is revealed through the character’s private thoughts and feelings?
Effect on others - What is revealed through the character’s effect on other people? How do other characters feel or behave in reaction to the character?
Actions - What does the character do? How does the character behave?
Looks - What does the character look like? How does the character dress?