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The appeal of an anti-hero and should they be idolized?

Is it because they’re more human than the traditional hero (see: Captain America, Superman, any character who is Inherently Good and Morally Right). There are studies that have shown that people like to watch/read about characters who are on good moral high ground, that they feel elevated by this. So then, why are characters like Deadpool, Loki, Severus Snape, Robin Hood–even Jack Sparrow–so popular? Are they easier to relate to? Should they be idolized, as may be seen with the more traditional heroes?

  • in many ways the anti-hero is often idolized for their ability to make their own rules. opposing the traditional hero, who is bound by moral imperatives set by society which may often weaken them or cause them mental/emotional anguish, the anti-hero is often shown as disregarding the social/moral law in favor of their own rules. Friedrich Nietzsche and Plato write about this phenomena quite a bit, their work may provide a nice starting point for anyone who chooses this topic. – ees 6 years ago
  • There's too many 'superheros' these days, who wouldn't want to be a villain or anti hero, they can sometimes be more relatable. Even though we all love a good hero as they can depict the good in the world, even hero's have their problems and anti heros or villains more or less are truthful about those demons which in my opinion is more entertaining I have recently started to watch Gotham and the young Joker character played by Cameron Monaghan is so inspiring to be, as a hopeful writer and lover of film and television, he is a villain and evil but he has such profound emotions and the actor makes you feel like his feelings are real even though he is portraying a character – ambermakx 6 years ago

Meta Deadpool

Analyze the way in which the new film Deadpool uses meta-cinema techniques for the advancement of character, plot, and theme. How do the self-aware references to popular culture enhance the audience’s experience?

  • I think this is a very interesting way to look at the movie. This article could potentially tap into some very interesting cinema philosophy. It is important to consider that the way Deadpool is written in the comic books is that he is self-aware and often breaks the 4th wall, so maybe you can look at if the director pulled it off or not in the film. – StephL1t 8 years ago
  • Another example of meta-cinema is in Mel Brooks' Spaceballs, where Dark Helmet kills a camera man in the middle of a lightsaber battle. – jamiepashagumskum 8 years ago

The "It's Complicated" Relationship of Deadpool and Spiderman

There are always characters stories intersecting within the Marvel universe in print and on screen. This volatile dynamic is created when two or more superhero egos are positioned against one another. The result might be a tension that forms a bond or such irrevocable differences stage a violent confrontation. Occasionally, the latter changes when each character encounters a situation where the enemy of my enemy is my friend applies and they invariably join forces. The relationship between Deadpool and Spiderman is one example when a dialectal bond forms but not necessarily for the traditional reasons of completing a shared objective. Although this juxtaposition of good vs. evil or forming unlikely alliances is a commonplace plot convention, what makes the merger of Deadpool and Spiderman narrative so compelling?


    Is Hollywood Running out of ideas?

    With new movies coming out such as Star Wars, Ride Along 2, Kung Fu Panda 3, Fifty Shades of Black, Allegiant, two new marvel movies (Deadpool and Captain America: Civil War), Star Trek: Beyond, and Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, it would seem that original films are becoming more and more rare. Is hollywood running out of new, innovative, and creative stories to tell? While almost everything is a sequel, triquel, or another superhero movie, the few new films like The Boy, The Forest, and American Ultra tend to suffer and get negative feedback. Does hollywood not put enough effort towards these more original words and only rely on the ones they know are more likely to sell?

    • Great critical point!! Now that CGI has arrived, is established and expected in almost every movie, the ability to create visual images that previously inhibited movie production it seems as if there are no new ideas. Just new visual experiences. One movie I think that was original with CGI was Matrix and its existential themes. The dawn of CGI started off promisingly enough but then new ideas seemed to dwindle with the success of Lord of the Rings. I think this is a phase in movie making. I predict that over time, there will be many new ideas as story making is instinctive from the time of the first cave drawing, humans have wanted to share their story. – Munjeera 8 years ago
    • You act as if all of Hollywood is one singular entity, when each of these films is helmed by a Director, written by a Writer, and produced by a Producer, all of which are different people for each film. Hollywood cannot simply be defined as a singular person, nor one that chooses to put more effort into one film and less into another. The point where good films from both the studio side and independent side suffer is marketing. So if you want to be more accurate, you should probably look at how film marketing is handled. Budget can also be a factor, but if you know what you're doing, a reasonably good budget of around $20,000,000 can get you a lot of places, you just have to spend it wisely. Also, there were more films last year and the year before that were fantastic but weren't big-budget action films. There was also Brooklyn, Suffragette, Ex-Machina, Her, Mr. Nobody, Birdman, Whiplash, and plenty of foreign animated films that gain cult favorite status, but not mainstream status. – Jonathan Leiter 8 years ago