REMINDER: Iron Man, Superman, Batman, and beyond: Gender and Super Heroes

deadline for submissions: 
November 15, 2016
full name / name of organization: 
Gender Forum: An Internet Journal for Gender Studies

Since the first Iron Man film in 2008, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has continually branched out to cover more and more ground. Building on the original comics’ popularity, film makers are bringing new renditions of beloved characters to both the big and small screen. Even though film critics and news outlets have begun to wonder when ‘super hero fatigue’ will strike what can be seen as an oversaturated market, the box office of recent films such as Captain America: Civil War (2016) indicates no such waning of audience interest. This issue of gender forum concerns itself with the representation of super heroes in both film and television. The marginalisation of female super heroes in theatres has been frequently commented upon, and the first female-centric film (Wonder Woman) will not be released until 2017. At the same time, shows such as the critically acclaimed Jessica Jones (2015-), Agent Carter (2015-2016) and Supergirl (2015-) are carving out some space for female super heroes on the small screen. We are interested in both articles on the marginalised female super hero and trends in super hero films in general. We are looking for articles on 

• the lack of female representation 

• Endeavours to diversify the genre 

• a crisis of masculinity 

• bands of super heroes as alternative families 

• engendering super heroes (Jarvis/Vision) 

• medial differences between TV and cinema adaptations as well as adaptational analysis in general 

• … 

In keeping with the journal’s scope, all submissions must have a strong gender studies component. Abstracts of no more than 300 words are due by November 15, 2016. Please also include a brief author bio. The full articles of 5000-8000 words (MLA style, numbered paragraphs) are due April 1, 2017

(Publication date: Spring 2017)