Since “Batman Begins” (2005) and “Iron Man” (2008), the movie industry has been thoroughly
saturated with superhero movies. Sure, there were superheroes on the big screen before that.
Marvel had pumped out a couple of X-Men movies, and DC had a long history with Superman and
Batman films. But none of those earlier movies came close to what “Batman Begins” and “Iron Man”
did: they made comic books characters cool. Before these films, superheroes were reserved for kids
under 10 and nerds (back when that term was an insult). Now, every third person on the street is
wearing a superhero logo and “Tony Stark” and “Bruce Wayne” are household names. And with both
“Avengers 2” and “Batman vs. Superman” set for 2015, you can expect the trend to continue.