Movie : Good Vs Evil Essay

1869 Words May 19th, 2016 8 Pages
A beautiful woman is heard screaming from the top of her lungs as she is dangling over the ledge of a building by a maniacal villain. “Help me, Superman!” she yells. Faster than a speeding bullet, the Man of Steel himself rushes to save the pretty damsel in distress. A garish, over the top villain known as the Joker is wreaking havoc on Gotham City. The bat signal lights up the night sky calling for Batman to swoop in and save the good citizens of Gotham. Nothing quite captures the imagination like comic book superheroes: seemingly ordinary people with extraordinary abilities and the desire to keep their streets safe. These comics provide a way to escape reality with classic stories of good versus evil with a “super” twist. The comics industry was born in the early 1930s and has made a resurgence over the past decade with blockbuster films such as Marvel’s The Avengers which grossed over $1.5 billion worldwide and The Dark Knight Rises which grossed $1.1 billion. The mammoth success of these movies illustrates the broad appeal and staying power of comic book heroes. Comic books, however, are more than just a form of entertainment; they serve as a valuable historical narrative providing insight into contemporary societal norms and attitudes. Comics can be especially relevant in gender studies as the representation of male versus female characters changes over time. Male heroes are typically exalted and praised for their strength and bravery, while female heroes are…

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