Cinema Showdown Episode 1: The Phantom vs The Shadow

Two films enter, one film leaves. In this first episode, we take a look at two superheroes that are considered predecessors to many present day heroes. We discuss the similarities and differences between the two as well as how many modern day superheroes take cues from them. There were only two major superhero franchises to release prior to these films, Batman and Superman.

The Phantom
Directed by Simon Wincer
Written by Jeffery Boam
Starring Billy Zane, Kristy Swanson, Treat Williams and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
Runtime: 100 minutes.
Rated: PG
Summary: “The Phantom, descendent of a line of African heroes, travels to New York to thwart a criminal genius.”

Grades:  (Narvin) C, (Mike) D

The Shadow
Directed by Russell Mulcahy
Written by David Koepp
Starring Alec Baldwin, John Lone, Peter Boyle, Ian McKellen and Tim Curry.
Runtime: 108 minutes.
Rated: PG-13
Summary: “In 30’s New York City, the Shadow battles his nemesis, Shiwan Khan, who is building an atomic bomb.”

Grades: (Narvin) B, (Mike) C+

Our Choice: The Phantom

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