Ideal Citizen in the Superhero Movies
The 2012 summer movie season is coming to an end and guesses who the winner is? Ding! Superhero movies! Quite a lot of them shattered box-office records. Just in U.S. theaters, “Marvel’s The Avengers" ($618 million), "The Dark Knight Rises" ($410 million) and "The Amazing Spider-Man" ($257 million) were the top three highest-grossing movies, lumping $1.3 billion together. It has been noticed that there have been around 50 superhero movies since 2002 and it seems that the superhero movies is prevailing the current movie industry (Hughes, 2012). In these movies, the protagonists are typically individuals who possess superhuman abilities which enable them to make affirmative or negative use of them. Hence, there are saviors and evils at the same time. The mass cheer for the saviors because they are powerful and philanthropic, dedicating to protecting the public, regardless of dangers meanwhile despising the devils and promising not to be one of them. Surely, people love positive characters, but whether these superhero movies represent an ideal citizen in our society? Since these superhero movies mainly come from comic books and animations, they are some kind of reflection of the minds and the real world. There are several elements behind this kind of thriving of superhero movies if I may say. Psychologically, people see it as a chance to escape from a world of frustration, deception and insecurity. Technically, thanks to all kinds of advanced technology, like the Computer Graphics Interfaces, the vivid figures based on the comic books and animations are proved possible and affordable! Literarily, the translation and dubbing of other languages has made the spreading of superhero movies much faster, partly because this kind of movie contains long action sequences and little dialogue. There should be more reasons behind this considerable presence of superheroes in our society. The first element, the urge to escape or to...
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