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風見鶏の寝言017(Eng. Ver.)

「What the "Batman Trilogy" tells us」



It is quite well known for more than a decade that the characters of the heroes and heroines in Disney Pictures have gradually changed.

In the old days, "Snow White"(1937) and "Sleeping Beauty"(1959) for example, heroines were very weak and were expected to be saved by a prince or a knight from the evil.

Later, in "The Little Mermaid"(1989) or "The Beauty and the Beast"(1991), heroines became stronger and more lively.

This gradual change continued, and in the late 1990s, "Pocahontas"(1995) and "Mulan"(1998) for instance, you can see that men became weaker than heroines instead, and heroines sometimes lead the way for them.

It is usually said that it is because Walt Disney modified their characters' personality as women's social status advanced.




Now back to the theme, this is only my personal opinion but I think the "Batman Trilogy" represents the modern change going on among the heroes such as those in the Marvel comics.

We can name "Superman"(1938) as one of the most early heroes, and he is as pure as driven snow.

It seems that he would help even a cat get across rooftops.

Secondly, "Captain America"(1941) is also very patriotic... so patriotic that volunteered a human experiment.

What about "Batman"(1939).

Batman has a bit mysterious personality, but by and large, what he does is helping police (privately), catching badguys with police commissioner gordon in an infamaous NY-like city called "Gotham" where laws cannot reach the villains enough.



However, something started to change from the 1960s.

"Mighty Thor"(1962), knowing he is not human, who was too belligerent in the beginning.

"Hulk"(1962), who was more a mutant than a hero at first.

Speaking of mutation, "Spiderman"(1963) was just a science lover, definitely not the type of saving people at first.

And "X-men"(1963), who try to save the ordinary ones, but sometimes regarded as hostile, due to their unusual powers.

"Dare Devil"(1964) may be able counted as a kind of mutation, a lawyer who acquired an unusual ability like a sonar when he lost his sight in an accident with radioactive stuff.

"Ironman"(1963), who gained basis of his power in exchange for a captivity by a guerrilla.

"Blade"(1973) also has a complicated position similar to X-men, who struggles against the difference between vampires and humans.



Recently, the change became more obvious, I assume.

"Hancock"(2008), a hero not from Marvel comics, is a drunken whom people even dislike (well at first, of course).

And, Along with these new types of heroes, "Batman Trilogy" handled the theme which was always there with Batman.

"What makes him(the hero) different?"

"What allows them to be above the laws?"

It is not a coincidence, perhaps Christopher Nolan realized that it is time to answer these basic questions, as one of the fans.

"Tony Stark" was asked to hand in the suits, in "Ironman 2", since they can be regarded as unidentified weapons, and it seemed to me that he did not succeed completely to justify his possession.

Moreover, in "Avengers", TV comment in the last scene is saying that Avengers should repair for the damage they have caused.



There are much more superheros, not only from Marvel comics, and I know I have not listed them enough.

But I may say that people tend to seek for rational stories and reasons of becoming superheros nowadays.

And I think that the "Batman Trilogy" probably tells us one way to answer the question.
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