A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Wannabe superheroes are actually eliminated if they don't possess the following qualities: heart, compassion, intelligence, courage, honesty, and integrity.
Violence & Scariness
For the most part, the superheroes are expected to use physical strength and smarts, not violence. In fact, one contender who carries an enormous gun around with him is continually reproached for his bloodthirstiness.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A few of the more scantily clad superheroes -- mostly female -- could be considered too sexy.
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The show's language is pretty clean, with one exception: Outtakes from open-call auditions include one mention of the word "ass" -- and one character named Ice Bitch whose catchphrase is "Freeze, motherf---er!" ("F--k" is bleeped out.)
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Products & Purchases
The grand prize winner earns the right to star in his or her own comic book developed by Stan Lee, as well as a starring role in a Sci Fi Channel original movie.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the usual reality show shenanigans (like excessive drinking and co-ed hot tub parties) are noticeably absent from this series, due in part to the influence of grandfatherly judge and executive producer Stan Lee. With the aid of stern lectures delivered via video conferencing, Lee -- who is most famous for co-creating Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, and the Incredible Hulk -- makes it clear to contestants that this is a competition about virtues, not vices.
Is It Any Good?
In theory, the show sounds like it could be fun. But in reality, Superhero is just too ridiculous to amount to anything that's actually worth watching. Despite the show's noble aims to find a real-life action figure in the flesh, most of the contenders are so painfully mortal that it makes the competition seem kind of sad. Try as they might, these hopefuls don't reveal themselves to be superheroes, just people in costumes -- and that's all.
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