History Channel, known for its expansive documentaries has turned its detailed lens toward the world of superheroes.
Superheroes Decoded will examine the creation and origin stories of well-known heroes including Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman.
The two-part series will air Sunday, April 30 and Monday, May 1 at 9 pm ET.
The documentary features access to DC and Marvel creators, as well as film clips, vintage artwork and historical archives.
Interview subjects include Avengers: Infinity War directors Joe and Anthony Russo, Anthony Mackie (Sam Wilson/Falcon), Iron Man director Jon Favreau (Happy Hogan), George R.R. Martin, DC writer Brad Meltzer and the legendary Stan Lee.
Part one focuses on All-American heroes.
From the creation of Superman, Batman, Captain America, Wonder Woman, Spider-Man and beyond, these all-American legends have endured through decades of war, triumph and scandal, constantly evolving to reflect the country’s changing values in a tumultuous world. From World War II and Vietnam to Watergate and the tragedy of 9/11, these mythic heroes embody America’s deepest fears and greatest aspirations.
Part two is all about the rebels and rule breakers.
From the beginning, superheroes like The X-Men, The Hulk, Black Panther, Iron Man, Luke Cage, and Wolverine have challenged authority and fought for outsiders, a battle that reflects the country’s most profound real-world divisions and struggles for justice. From their often controversial origins to recent resurgence in movies of today, these rebels redefine heroism for a new generation.
Superheroes Decoded premieres on History Channel Sunday, April 30 and Monday, May 1 at 9 pm ET.