DitkoIdeal 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 retreat from the relentless real world, is the most important one, from my point of view. Socially, people have to confront all those tasks in daily life and what is worse is that current years, the situation turns to be complicated.
The instability of the financial market, which directly results in the lessening income and loss of jobs, has made people feel gloomy. And in the aspect of security, the terrorism activities and political turmoil are on the rise, for example the Somali pirates taking hostages, the riots in Egypt and Syria,etc. The reality is way more serious than we could image. The world calls for love, peace and stability. In this case, indulging into superhero movies is a better escape, in which the superheroes act vigilantly and seek for justice.
Watching superhero movies gives people a chance to relax and imagine that they could be the life saver or there must be someone out there to save them out of their miserable life. This is a kind of escapism. People escape from the brutal world to seek for an ideal figure, a hope-inspiring figure to cheer themselves up, to give them hope. Because in their minds the ideal citizen in the society should be philanthropic, brave and credible and they are living in a society that is full of love,peace,safty and freedom. ?? So are those superheroes ideal in our society?
Are they that we are calling for? Yes,I may say, hardly there are boys who do not want to be Peter Parker in Spider-Man. Boys want to be superheroes and be strong and powerful. They also want muscular figures, fancying that they could move smoothly like he does. Due to the influence of these superhero movies, children value those abilities and characters presenting in the movies (F. Young, L. Hollar & Gabriel, 2012). However, in real terms, most of they just wear shirts printed with images of spider-man and sit in front of the screen, eating potato chips and popcorns and feeling good about it.
Have they changed or have they even tried to behave like a hero afterwards? The answer probably is no. The characters of the heroes in the movies just entertain people’s minds and do not respond in the real world as it seems to be. It is just a method to relax, to let people feel good about themselves. Out of the cinemas, they probably forget about those heroic deeds and get back to the cruel real world. Literary works are derived from life, but beyond life. For the frequent presence of the superhero movies, I consider it as a call of commercial needs.
Wise business would not sell toys and T-shirts without some kind of supporting animation or mythology, and superhero movies make it possible. The success of a series of superhero movies promotes an industry of peripheral products and this might be a win-win process for relevant occupations and industries. The possibility lies in that one side is producing, selling and making profits out of it and the other side is enjoying, fancying and paying for it. The ideal citizen for the society does present in the superhero movies, but in real world this kind of figure is a call for business needs.