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‘Gundala’: Superheroes are us!

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Jakarta   /   Wed, September 18, 2019   /  09:32 am
‘Gundala’: Superheroes are us! The poster for Joko Anwar's 'Gundala'. (Gundala/File)

I grew up with superheroes — who didn’t? As a child and teen, I devoured Marvel and DC comics with its motley and colorful cast of characters and aspired to fight evil and do good like they did. But I equally loved our local superhero comic characters, many of whom were inspired by Indonesian legends and folklore. The heyday of Indonesian superhero comics reached its peak in the 1970s and 1980s, but then they seem to have been eclipsed by those produced by their American counterparts. Since the early 2000s we have been living in the golden age of cinematic superheroes courtesy of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and DC Extended Universe and their movie franchises. So, I was thrilled to know that Jagat Sinema Bumilangit (Bumilangit Cinematic Universe, BCU), established in 2003, was set up to revive “superheroes-based comic storytelling in Indonesia”. BCU&rsqu...

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