Superhero Movies and the ‘Cult of American Hyper-Masculinity’

Exactly twenty-eight years ago last Friday, Die Hard premiered in theaters and set the standard for action films thereafter. Part of its success derived from Bruce Willis’ brash, wise-cracking, quintessentially American character—the perfect foil to the late Alan Rickman’s suave Eurovillain—and partly for that reason, Die Hard is still my favorite action film. That’s why … Continued