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Explore how Hancock Conforms to the Genre Expectations of a Superhero Film.

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Stefan Newton 10H Explore how ?Hancock? Conforms to the Genre Expectations of a Superhero Film. Throughout many decades, superhero films have been the highlight of our cinema experience. From comics like Marvel and DC, blockbusters have exploded onto our screens, from a life saving spider (Spiderman) to a huge great green monster (Hulk) being hunted down by the American Army. Film companies in the last decade have been set on producing hit blockbusters for adult and child audiences. Productions like Batman have targeted both audiences by producing figures that sell millions - the latest production ?The Dark Night? earned a whopping $400 million in its first 3 days of release. The production of the hit, iron-man that attracted a massive audience featured similar success, enough success that the crew have been back to work and recently released a sequel that has produced record breaking gross earnings. Hancock wasn?t far off and certainly acquired a similar thrilling experience. The typical features of the superhero genre have definitely been consistent dating back to the classic, almost comical movies of ?66 where the standard villain plans evil plots for the hero to stop. ...read more.


And as he looks into the city reflected in his cheap plastic glasses he not only appears hassled but fully reluctant to even attempt to help it. In the opening of the film we are introduced to a scruffy looking drunken man commonly known as an ?asshole?. Everything from his scruffy torn hat imprinted with an eagle to his unkempt hooded jumper and shorts all give the worrying impression of a homeless person. Not the type of introduction many would expect from a superhero. Within the first few seconds it is clear that he is loved by few and hated by many and lives a half-sour life. On one hand his actions save people?s lives but in contrast cause mass destruction in the process as he foolishly takes to the air in a manner that can only be described as reckless drunk flying. His acts of so called ?heroism? not only caused $9,000,000 worth of damage but gains him a fully disrespected reputation. From the first scene his sunglasses are the only cool and idol like thing of his image but they are only necessary because of the hangover he has gained from the bottle of alcohol he carelessly carries around with him. ...read more.


He makes further changes as well as this. His mentor Ray looks to increase the well-being of Hancock?s public image by introducing him to a costume of which he claims ?this is a uniform, uniform represents purpose? and he is entirely correct in saying this. Every superhero wears a uniform as either a part of secret identity or to represent ?purpose? and symbolism. Rays attempts to improve Hancock as a person and a public hero succeed with great success when after spending two-three weeks in prison the police are calling for him to save the day, and Hancock arrives (in the uniform) and in perfect style like the role model that he has become, accomplishes the tasks perfectly and thrives in the applause he gets from an ecstatic citizen crowd. A crowd pleased to see a complete change in the superhero that they used to hate and call a burden. Having watched the whole film and to summarise it Hancock makes an extraordinarily significant change due to the arrival of Ray Embray who attempts to help Hancock change his personality inside and out, from a self-centred, ignorant ?asshole? to a public hero of whom the local community are happy to see, saving the day. ...read more.

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