Although Batman is not the greatest superhero, he makes many sacrifices that many regular heroes would not make, such as taking the blame for Harvey Dent's death and saving Gotham from a nuke. He would go out of his way for the safety of Gotham at all costs. He cared more about the city than even his own multi-billon dollar company. Comissioner Gordon said that “he's the hero Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now.” (The Dark Knight) Batman is the vigilante who, although he fights more for his own personal gain, cares more about the city of Gotham than everything.
This evident and expressed by the string of malicious attacks launched on the monster while he was performing good deeds. These attackers such as Felix or the shooter acting on self prejudices against someone who looks different, show how the evil can spread even through acts that to them appear as self defense against a person, the monster, performing a good deed. Even within society today we see once good people corrupted turn evil. This transformation can be seen in many soldiers who after returning home from war and all it tragedies end up taking the lives of others or themselves. One example of this was Albert Wong who after returning home from war could not get passed the horrors he saw and ended up killing 3 people working with him for his mental illness “gunman as 36-year-old Albert Cheung Wong… an Army veteran”().
Composite Heroes are defined by Robert Ray as a hero shown to be a combination of both categories of heroes. When the audience is first introduced to Batman, he is introduced along with his faithful sidekick, Robin. This is an example of Batman being able to work well along with a sidekick, which is a quality of an Official Hero. However, soon after this scene, we are shown that Batman does not work well with the authorities, as the authorities do not know anything about the identity of the two heroes. The authorities also seems to be annoyed by Batman’s existence.
He attempts to kill Harvey Dent, an important political figure in Gotham city, but instead ends up having half of his face burnt off. The Joker later revisits him and a hospital and convinces him that his lover was killed and half of his face was burnt off because of batman, turning him into an evil man. This was a significant action by the joker because Harvey Dent was the only hope for the people of Gotham to end violence and to lock up criminals within their city. He states in the movie, “Introduce a little anarchy, Upsets the established order and everything becomes…chaos”. His goal would have been met if Batman had not stepped in and stopped it.
He failed to anticipate the guilt associated with the crime he committed. Feelings of anger and righteousness are illustrated by the character throughout the story. Primarily, “Killings” concerns a crime and its consequences. The lead character, Matt Fowler goes one step too far and identifies with the evil that tragically marred his life-the murder of his son. Matt and his friend Willis Trottier executed Richard Strout, the man who killed his son.
The Joker is seen much like a terrorist, since his attacks make him a criminal that people from all around fear. Luckily this fear is quickly subsided when a masked hero by the name of Batman, wages in into what seems to be an endless war. Although the Jokers motives to destroy and install fear are unsettling and senseless, Batman’s attendance allows the people of Gotham City to rest assure that they no longer have to live in constant fear. Batman like many other superheroes can relate to the stateme... ... middle of paper ... ...ople may not know it, people often fear the same thing. For the people of Gotham City the fear is real.
Interestingly, the movie puts a twist on the the true Batman origin. By having the Joker create Batman by killing Bruce’s parents, the Batman was created to avenge evil. This being said, the traumatic experience has created a hero whose definition of justice is left to the character’s moral. Traumatized, it is clear that the Batman seeks revenge not only because the Joker murdered his parents, but also for interfering with love interest Vicki Vale. By putting Vicki Vale at risk, the Batman’s traumatic experience is tested to the limits.
In Nolan’s film Batman Begins the mob boss Falcone tells a young Bruce “You think because your mommy and your daddy got shot, you know about the ugly side of life but you don’t. You’ve never tasted desperate.” This leads Bruce to face a turning point in his life were he now realizes his purpose and has the drive to restore Gotham from its crime filled state. Audiences of current batman films can easily deduce from Batman’s actions and behavior that his past was one of tragedy and loss. Batman poses a more complex puzzle than most other superheros because he can accept the criticisms and distrust of the citizens of Gotham City who call him a vigilante, and s... ... middle of paper ... ...xperience. If asked who you better relate to Batman or Superman which would you choose?
Although the monster is justified in showing anger towards Victor, his killings of Victor’s friends and family is overly brutal. Years of neglect by Victor, which leave the monster fatherless as he grows up, drive him into a vindictive rage, or according to the monster, an "uncontrollable passion". Instead of going after Victor directly and immediately, however, the monster acts to complete what he calls a "demoniacal design". He carries out this plan by methodically killing Victor’s friends and family. This he... ... middle of paper ... ...tradictory ways to them, the monster certainly is deserved of his title as "monster".
One of the highlights of this movie that really relates to one of the key aspects of this course is the deterrence of capital punishment. Edward Norton’s portrayal as the grief stricken older brother who turns to racist ideologies and violence to cope with his fathers death, completely disregards the consequences of his actions as he brutally murders someone in front of his family for trying to steal his car. The unstable mentality that he developed after his father’s death really goes hand-to-hand specifically with Isaac Ehrlich’s study of capital punishment and deterrence. Although this movie is entirely fictional, a lot of the central themes (racism, crime punishment, gang pervasiveness, and one’s own vulnerability) are accurate representations of the very problems that essentially afflict us as a society. One of the more prevalent themes of this movie is racism, and how prejudicial mindsets ultimately lead to one’s own demise.