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Superheroes promote slacker image

world Updated: Aug 16, 2010 23:50 IST
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Superheroes are bad role models as they promote violence and revenge as a way of life. Watching them thrash villains on the big screen may not be the best image for boys, says a new study.

Unlike yesteryears' comic heroes, steeped in ordinariness and believing in social justice, the current lot of Hollywood superheroes are brash, sarcastic and seldom speak about doing good for humanity, reports the Telegraph.

Sharon Lamb of the University of Massachusetts, said current depictions of superheroes like Ironman are often playboy millionaires who are only ruled by selfish goals. “There is a big difference in the movie superhero of today and the comic book superhero of yesterday,” Lamb said. The comic book heroes of the past did fight criminals, she said, “but these were heroes boys could look up to and learn from”.