Saint Peter Parker: Christian Allegory in Superhero Movies

Two thousand years of western fiction have lead to what is one of the most common storytelling tropes. It’s been in everything from The Old Man and the Sea and The Grapes of Wrath to Game of Thrones and Harry Potter. Characters who take exhibit qualities resembling the Bible’s Jesus Christ hold a special place in fiction, because of what they indicate… Continue reading Saint Peter Parker: Christian Allegory in Superhero Movies

The Batman Singularity: A Modern Perspective on Batman ’66

“Gotham City. Maybe it’s all I deserve now. Maybe it’s my time in hell.” This is the opening line from Frank Miller’s graphic novel Batman: Year One, one of the most influential volumes in the character’s history. This line is imposed over dark, grey illustrations of Gotham City, and is preceded by an image of young Bruce… Continue reading The Batman Singularity: A Modern Perspective on Batman ’66

The Batman Singularity: How the Caped Crusader has Impacted the Superhero Genre

Batman, it seems, is everywhere. The success of Batman has lead to “The Brooding Vigilante” becoming a common archetype throughout popular culture, or at least just in the superhero genre. This is what we call the Batman Singularity: that all entertainment will eventually be Batman. This, of course, is starting to cause a few problems.