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Explore the presentation of heroes and villains In the film Batman and consider the way in which The director chooses to examine Modern day anxieties.

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Introduction

Explore the presentation of heroes and villains In the film and consider the way in which The director chooses to examine Modern day anxieties. In the film neither the protagonist nor the Joker conform to our usual image of a hero and villain. Firstly if we compare the stereotypical visual image of a hero within a film, to Batman they differ. For example "Superman" and "Spiderman", both brightly dressed, differ from the pitch black menacing visual image of Batman. In fact as the audience first glimpse Batman, they are made to fell very apprehensive, as the setting is dull and dangerous, also thieves and tramps are lurking. From the shadows out steps a muscular black figure. As the audience we immediately feel anxious as, this figure, being Batman doesn't configure to our stereotypical image of a hero. However as a hero we still expect Batman to possess certain characteristics: intelligence, power, mystery and naturally 'sex appeal', for if we think about "Superman" he has Louis Lane, also "Spiderman" has his childhood sweetheart, we therefore consider that Batman is destined to attract the ladies! ...read more.

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It's through these cameras Bruce notices the Lieutenant being tipped off about a possible crime, Bruce instantly takes note of this and quickly becomes involved, as, Batman. Batman primarily fights against evil, this is seen throughout the film, however he sees no satisfaction in harming the culprits unnecessarily. He also fights for justice and revenge, this revenge is centred with the Joker, as Bruce witnessed Jack Napier shoot his parents. We the audience don't perceive this to be wrong. Bruce's environment is typically hero like, he is concealed away either in the 'bat cave' or in the Wayne mansion, this maintains the high level of mystery surrounding him and his true identity. Bruce mixes with highly intellectual important people, this is shown at his party. We distinguish Jack/Joker as a villain through his appearance, he appears evil, sly and cocky, we witness this evilness and slyness when he comes into contact with Vicky. He robustly contrasts Batman's relationship with Vicky, Vicky finds herself attracted to and intrigued by Batman, this is shown as she plans to have dinner with him, opposing to this the Joker forces himself on Vicky, he makes her feel nervous and anxious as to his motives. ...read more.

Conclusion

Surprisingly enough there are many compatible characteristics and features between both the Joker and Batman. They both hide behind masks, concealing their true identity, they both seek revenge for scarring incidents within the past, Batman's being, witnessing the brutal murder of his parents, and the Jokers being dropped into the acid. Probably the most surprising characteristic possessed by both, is their choice of women, they both choose tall blondes, who are naturally perceived as beautiful, both of these women dress to impress. Their similarity is shown when the Joker is seen to find Vicky attractive; however she doesn't think so highly of him! In conclusion, Batman and the Joker, are very similar, whilst also being very different, at first glance this concept may seem very hard to take in, however if we think, both possess similar characteristics and thoughts, i.e. revenge, yet they're fighting for opposing reasons, and it's clear to us the audience who is good and who is bad. Batman conquers, he kills the evil villain, and I hasten to add not brutally, for Batman seeks no personal gain. Also Batman wins the girl, Vicky Vale. Batman vows to always be there for Gotham City, all they need to do is call for him. Batman continues to fight another day!! Liam Conway ...read more.

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