The moment you’ve all been waiting for! In the wake of the massive success of the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer, the world has been gifted with the opportunity to see the superhero world from a whole new perspective. While the movie industry strives for epic battles between its characters, the on-screen chemistry between Robert Pattinson (Batman) and Ben Affleck (Superman) serves as a reminder that these movies aren’t just about showdowns between heroes; they’re about humans connecting with humans.
While the casting of these two high-profile actors as Batman and Superman may seem like a dream come true for comic book fans, the casting of these two Hollywood heavyweights as romantic leads in the latest Batman movie casts a whole new light on this entire cinematic universe.
With the marketing blitz finally over, it’s time for the movie to speak for itself and for you to form your own opinion on whether or not you think Batman and Superman are meant to be together. In this article, we’ll explore the psychology behind why this particular movie exists and whether or not it should have been made.
The Dark Knight Returns
There is a method to Batman’s madness that even the Dark Knight himself seems unaware of. Despite all his gadgets and training, despite all his psychological profiling and analysis, despite all his resources and infinite wealth, Batman still believes that the best way to fight evil is simple and straightforward: he fights fire with fire.
To put it more succinctly, Batman believes that if he gives into his darkest impulses and acts on his worst fears, then he can fight back the corruption that has overtaken his city. To that end, the Batman of the comics and the Batman of the Dark Web embody the same fundamental principle: become what you are fighting against. By allowing himself to be corrupted by the bad guys, Batman is giving away his own humanity. He’s saying that he doesn’t deserve to be called a human being anymore. He no longer sees the good in himself; he only sees the bad. He’s become his own worst enemy.
The Importance Of Self-Love
What makes Batman so special is that he’s always fought for what is good and moral. Even when he was a child, he rebelled against his father’s authority and decided to fight for the little girl he loved. Since then, he’s done it again and again and again. Even when he feels like he isn’t deserving of love himself, he refuses to let anyone else walk all over him. This is the attitude of a self-love pioneer.
In contrast, Superman is the ultimate enabler. No matter what kind of horrible monster the world throws at him, he finds a way to combat it and prove that he is, in fact, a good and kind man. In the comics, writers have described Superman as the antithesis of Batman, the mirror image of the Dark Knight. They are, in many ways, both perfect illustrations of their respective characters. What makes Superman so special is that he has always loved and supported himself, no matter what kind of world or situation he’s found himself in. He believes in being strong and self-sufficient, two qualities that make him the ideal romantic lead for our times.
The Reality Of Social Media
It’s important to remember that this is a Batman movie, and as we’ve established, Batman is a master of psychology. In this case, he’s applying his genius to the very problems it created. As the world became more digital and connected, the lines between our real and virtual lives blurred. The internet made it possible for people to be a lot more open about their feelings and a lot less guarded. The privacy settings on social media were originally designed to protect our personal information, but since then, they’ve been hijacked by individuals who want to keep others out.
With nowhere to hide, the lines between fantasy and reality became blurred. As a result, individuals who are experiencing feelings of low self-worth or inadequacy can easily find themselves struggling with depression and anxiety. At least, that’s what Batman would have us believe. In reality, studies have shown that individuals who use social media actually perform better in school and have higher self-esteem than those who don’t use social media. Why? Because they realize that the only person they truly need to please is themselves.
Is Batman a Role Model For Adolescents?
There is an element of truth to what Batman believes, though not all of it. Adolescence is a confusing and often turbulent time, and young people need role models who can relate to them. In the midst of all the challenges and uncertainties of becoming an adult, it’s easy for a teen to feel inadequate or inadequate. If anything, Batman provides an example of what an effective romantic partner should be like. He is strong, determined, and successful. He always gets what he wants, and he does so by being more persuasive than anyone else. In short, he is everything a young nerd could want in a man. It doesn’t hurt that he is also the coolest character ever created.
The Psychology Of Filmmaking
In many ways, the making of a Batman movie is a lot like the making of a comic book. Writers will work closely with artists to flesh out a story and bring it to life. Sometimes, these individuals will collaborate on a single screenplay, dividing their responsibilities equally. Other times, they will work separately but meet up periodically to compare notes and make sure that everything fits together seamlessly. Most importantly, storytellers will test their work out loud, talking through every scene, asking questions, and offering suggestions. In the end, it’s only when they feel that they’ve truly expressed themselves, only when they feel that they’ve given everything they have that the process is truly over and they can move on to the next project.
As a filmmaker, you are always working towards the best possible movie, the one that you and the audience will enjoy the most. Even when you’re just writing a script, you are playing with fire, playing with ideas and concepts that may not be suitable for the big screen. The final product isn’t always perfect, but at least you’ve tried your best. Better to fail in art than to succeed in craftsmanship, as the saying goes.
When you’re making a movie, whether you are hired to or not, you’re bound to have more than one fight scene, more than one scuffle, more than one confrontation. Sometimes, these might even turn into real fights. When the director, the cast, and the crew are all working hard, all straining to capture each moment exactly as it happened, these moments can become a bit traumatic. In the case of The Batman, the trauma is caused by a combination of the physical and mental strain of acting. When the real fights are replaced by fake fights, the strain is partly removed, but the memory of the traumatic fight stays with you forever. This is the price you have to pay if you want to be an actor: the constant reminder, the fear that something awful is going to happen.
Alternatives To The Batman
While we’re on the subject of The Batman, it’s important to remember that there are plenty of other superhero roles out there. Most prominent among them is Spiderman, who is also battling his own personal demons as well as those of the world. Similarly, the X-Men series gives us a glimpse into a world in which humans and mutants live together in harmony. Other superheroes exist in smaller pockets of popularity, like the Green Goblin or the Punisher. These are all heroes who aren’t afraid to show their emotions, who aren’t afraid to let their fear and frustration guide them. We need more heroes like this.
If you want to see more superheroes on the big screen, don’t just watch the movie trailers or the most popular movie franchises. Instead, seek out the smaller, independent films, the ones that sometimes get lost in the shuffle. These are the films that often showcase incredible performances from unknown or under-credited actors, the ones that challenge our perceptions of what a superhero movie should look like.
Should Batman Have Been Made Earlier?
On the subject of alternatives to Batman, it’s important to remember that there have been numerous failed attempts to bring Batman to the big screen. Most significantly, Tim Burton’s 1989 The Batman was intended to be the first of a trilogy. However, Burton’s vision was too far ahead of its time, and the film failed to impress both critics and audiences alike. Other attempts to bring Batman to the big screen included Mike Mignola’s well-regarded Batman: The Mask, as well as a botched attempt at bringing both Burton and Christopher Nolan’s Batman films together in a single adaptation.