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Moody, Kyle Andrew: “Why So Serious?”. Comics, Film and Politics, or the Comic Book Film as the Answer to the Question of Identity and Narrative in a Post-9/11 World. Master of Arts (Thesis), Miami University, Mass Communication 2009 (110 S.). 
Resource type: Thesis/Dissertation
Languages: englisch
BibTeX citation key: Moody2009
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Keywords: "Batman", "Iron Man", "V for Vendetta", 9/11, Adaption, Baudrillard. Jean, Comic-Verfilmung, Großbritannien, Lloyd. David, Moore. Alan, Politik, Randformen des Comics, USA
Creators: Moody
Publisher: Miami University (Oxford)
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This thesis analyzes a trend in a subgenre of motion pictures that are designed to not only entertain, but also provide a message for the modern world after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The analysis provides a critical look at three different films as artifacts of post-9/11 culture, showing how the integration of certain elements made them allegorical works regarding the status of the United States in the aftermath of the attacks. Jean Baudrillard’s postmodern theory of simulation and simulacra was utilized to provide a context for the films that tap into themes reflecting post-9/11 reality. The results were analyzed by critically examining the source material, with a cultural criticism emerging regarding the progression of this subgenre of motion pictures as meaningful work.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments (III)

1. Comic Book Movies and the Real World (1)
Purpose Of Study (4)
What is a Superhero? (6)
Literature Review (8)
– Issues of Method and Theory (8)
– Issues in Source Materials (10)
– Influential Works on Film Adaptations (11)
– Subversion, Politics, and Icons (12)
– Superheroes and the Real World (14)
– Violence and Aggression (15)
– Terrorism and Superheroes (16)
Scope of Study (18)
– Iron Man (19)
– V for Vendetta (20)
– The Dark Knight (20)
Research Method (22)
Points of Discussion in Narrative (23)
Chapter Organization (24)

2. The History of the Comic Book Film (26)

3. Analysis of Theory and the Superhero Film Adaptation (47)
Technology 50)
– V for Vendetta (50)
– The Dark Knight 53)
– Iron Man (54)
Privacy/Freedom (57)
Hyperreality (59)
Security/Terrorism/Innocence (60)
– V for Vendetta (60)
– Terrorism (62)
– The Joker and Terrorism (64)
– Anarchy in the Movies, and the Ethical Response (70)
Patriotism 74)
– Iron Man (74)
Politics (78)
– Tony Stark and Fallibility/Accountability (80)
– The Dark Knight (81)
– V for Vendetta (82)
Torture/Violence (86)
– Torture (88)
Summary (90)

4. Conclusions (92)
Allegory and Impact (93)
Where Are We Now? (98)
Concluding Remarks (101)

Works Cited (104)
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