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AS Media Superhero genre/Narrative

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  • 1. Types of superhero narratives● There are two types of superhero films, though some can go mid-way in-between both● Light and Fun. These films are more of an experience, and family-friendly. Though the end can sometimes be predictable, what is interesting is the journey the heroes take.● Dark and Gritty. Still an experience, these films do more shocking things, like a sudden killing of a main character or extreme violence. As well as not having a clear-cut morality for the heroes. Light and fun Dark and Gritty The same narrative, and narrative structures are similar in this genre. Though, as with most things there are exceptions. Dark and gritty films are depicted to be more “realistic” about their superpowers
  • 2. Levi-Struass binary oppositesAlthough, many Binary opposites can be drawn from each different movie,the main one for the superhero genre isHero Vs Villain Light and FUNThe Hero here, can be derived quite easily for the audience. Iron man,has been the main focus of the film and the villain has been a constantroadblock. Both characters have reached this point in entirely differentways. The villain through trickery, the Hero through a lesson. Morality ismore “black and white”
  • 3. Levi-Struass binary opposites Dark and GrittyIn Watchmen, as you spend most of the time listening to Rorshachsinternal monologue and following the other heroes, Ozymandias(right) isseen as a villain although it isnt as clear cut as that. In films like thesethe “black and white” nature of being a superhero isnt always present. Aswell as the morality of heroThe person who is the “hero” is usually just the person we spend the mosttime with, despite what they may have done
  • 4. Todorovs Theory of narrative Todorovs theory of Narrative (Origin Story) As my film would has no previous fan base, or material to be basedupon and I cant afford to acquire the rights to a character, I willprobably need to make one of my own. As with most new heroes, thefirst episode of their show or first movie is an origin story. So usingTodorovs Theory of Narrative I can find out how origin stories areusually set-up and then apply that to how I would open my film. Inorder to prepare/intrigue the target audience to find out the origin ofmy character’s story or the beginning of the situation he may havefound himself in.
  • 5. Todorovs Theory of narrative Todorovs theory of Narrative (Origin Story) THOREquilibrium: Thor, son of Odin is the God ofThunder and is next in line to be King.Disruption: Due to his arrogance, he triggers thebeginnings of a long-postponed war, and is thenbanished by his Father and stripped of hispreviously established powers. This is the newsituation that he, the hero, needs to over-comein order to reach a new equilibrium.Recognition: Due to his time spent on earth herealises what he needs to be in order to becomeThor again. It is after his recognition he getshis power back. Though in a more dramatic way
  • 6. Todorovs Theory of narrative Todorovs theory of Narrative (Origin Story)Complications: Meanwhile, Thors brotherLoki, or his antagonist, has been busy doinghis own plans and needs to be stopped.However, it is only due to Thors acceptanceof the Disruption, and Recognition of how hecan overcome it that allows him to defeatLoki.New Equilibrium: Thor has overcome both thedisruption and complication, which were hisarrogance and his envious brother. Over thecourse of the film he has gone on a“journey” to reach this point.
  • 7. Todorovs Theory of narrative Todorovs theory of Narrative (Origin Story) Spider-ManEquilibrium: Peter Paker, best friend HarryOsborn, love interest Mary-Jane Watson wasjust a teenager, with slight bullying issues, doingteenager things. Like visiting a genetics lab; withradioactive spiders.Disruption: After being bitten by a radioactivespider, he gains abilities, making him arrogantand which indirectly cause the death of his UncleBenRecognition: “With Great Power Comes GreatResponsibility” He decides to use his new foundpowers to help others as the iconic “Spiderman”
  • 8. Todorovs Theory of narrative Todorovs theory of Narrative (Origin Story)Complications: Meanwhile, Norman Osbornaka “Green Goblin”, has been busy wantingrevenge, and being generally evil. Attackingthe two people Spider-man cares for most,Mary-Jane and Aunt May.New Equilibrium: Peter Parker now knowswhat it takes to be Spider-man andcontinues to be him, while being able tofinally confess his love for Mary-Jane. (andhis best friend now wants him dead andblames him for the death of his Father, butthats sequel territory)
  • 9. Todorovs theory of narrative ConclusionAs, I may have to go along the route of an origin story for my character or circumstance, whatIve learnt is that the hero in question, prior to getting the power or through use of his powerneeds to have a flaw. This flaw isnt a weakness, it is more based on emotion. (A main one beingarrogance) Although not shown in the presentation other examples of a flawed character/s arepresent in other films such as:Jumper: Main character was arrogant and Iron Man: Ignorant and Arrogant towardsignorant of the fact that misuse of his the fact that his Stark Industries weaponpower could attract unwanted attention and tech was being sold off to other peoplethat his actions affected others. and used for War/Terrorism purposes. A near-death experience changed thatThe Avengers: Technically an origin of theteam, the team had many differences and X-men: They are mutants (In this world itdue to these difference found it hard to is seen as a flaw to have mutations), theywork together, until a certain turning point need to embrace what they are rathermid-way through the film than fear or hide away from it.Superman: “Im an alien why Im I here?”, Incredible Hulk: Bruce Banner, when mad“You must be on Earth for a Reason” turns into a hulk of destruction, his flaw isThough not a direct quote, superman was whether he can use the hulk to do goodmade form the ground up to be slightly rather than going on a rampage andflawless, except for kyprtonite attracting the attention of the military
  • 10. Todorovs theory of narrative ConclusionAs, I may have to go along the route of an origin story for my character or circumstance, whatIve learnt is that the hero in question, prior to getting the power or through use of his powerneeds to have a flaw. This flaw isnt a weakness, it is more based on emotion. (A main one beingarrogance) Although not shown in the presentation other examples of a flawed character/s arepresent in other films such as:Jumper: Main character was arrogant and Iron Man: Ignorant and Arrogant towardsignorant of the fact that misuse of his the fact that his Stark Industries weaponpower could attract unwanted attention and tech was being sold off to other peoplethat his actions affected others. and used for War/Terrorism purposes. A near-death experience changed thatThe Avengers: Technically an origin of theteam, the team had many differences and X-men: They are mutants (In this world itdue to these difference found it hard to is seen as a flaw to have mutations), theywork together, until a certain turning point need to embrace what they are rathermid-way through the film than fear or hide away from it.Superman: “Im an alien why Im I here?”, Incredible Hulk: Bruce Banner, when mad“You must be on Earth for a Reason” turns into a hulk of destruction, his flaw isThough not a direct quote, superman was whether he can use the hulk to do goodmade form the ground up to be slightly rather than going on a rampage andflawless, except for kyprtonite attracting the attention of the military