Contributing writer for The Artifice.
Junior Contributor I
The Hero Gotham (The World) Wants: The Rise of Antiheroes in Today's Media
With the upcoming Marvel and DC films Suicide Squad, Deadpool, Batman vs. Super Man, and even Captain America: Civil War there seems to be a growing prevalence in the popular portrayal of the "Antihero." That is, a hero with next-level superhuman abilities that achieves peace and justice through rather morally ambiguous and convoluted avenues.
Do we, the fans, love moral ambiguity presented through these characters more than the straight-laced justice previously advertised? And if so, why do we love it so much? Do morally ambiguous characters seem more real and genuine to us as a society today? And if so, what are these "truths" these characters are telling that we so crave to hear?
The intention is to fully and chronologically analyze the progession of the "Antihero" starting with the Dark Knight Trilogy and leading up the phenomenon of the emergence of Antiheroes in today’s mass media and what this says about our society.