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Terrill, Robert E. "Spectacular Repression. Sanitizing the Batman." In: Critical Studies in Media Communication 17 (2000), S. 493–509. 
Resource type: Journal Article
Languages: englisch
Peer reviewed
DOI: 10.1080/15295030009388415
BibTeX citation key: Terrill2000
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Categories: General
Keywords: "Batman", Adaption, Comic-Verfilmung, Superheld, USA
Creators: Terrill
Collection: Critical Studies in Media Communication
Abstract
Batman Forever is a mass-mediated public text crafted in response to a perceived need to “sanitize”; the Batman by resolving the psycho-sexual ambiguities that define him. The textual resources mobilized toward this end consist primarily of simultaneously presenting potentially ameliorative archetypal forms and stripping these forms of their ameliorative potential. The resulting text is a paradigm of managed meaning, denying its own polysemy and thus making itself unavailable to its audiences as “equipment for living.”; Batman Forever may seem, to some, more palatable than its predecessors, and Batman may seem more sane, but this text offers a particularly insidious form of repression—Batman is a cultural artifact rendered culturally useless through excessive demystification.
  
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