BATMAN AND JOKER

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Easily one of the most famous hero/villain relationships in the superhero genre would be Batman and the Joker. For years, these two have battled one another in the streets of Gotham City. In addition to being a famous relationship, I find that their relationship is also quite more complex than a regular hero/villain relationship. The Joker’s greatest weakness is that he cannot imagine a world without Batman. The Mark Hamill Joker said, “Without Batman, crime has lost its punchline.” The Heath Ledger Joker said, “I won’t kill you because you are too much fun.” In the Batman animated series, the Joker thought Batman was dead and threw a funeral for his nemesis. In the Dark Knight Returns, when Batman disappeared into retirement, the Joker lost his will to live became catatonic, but when Batman returned, the Joker was back to his old self. Batman, on the other hand, has no such obsession with the Joker. There are even times when Batman toys with the idea of killing the Joker. In The Dark Knight Returns, during his final battle with the Joker, Batman said, “All the people I murdered by letting you live.” Batman feels responsible for every death the Joker causes because he spares him every time. However, he does not kill the Joker because he knows there would be no turning back. The Joker is like a twisted reflection of what Bruce Wayne could have been when he witnessed his parents’ murder. Overall, Batman and the Joker are the best and most complex examples of how superheroes and supervillains interact with one another.

SUPERHEROES AND WATERGATE

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In the documentary Superheroes Decoded, I learned that superheroes also reflected the darkest times in American history such as Watergate. There was a comic where Captain America fought a supervillain in the White House and when he unmasked the supervillain, it was revealed to be the President of the United States himself. This made Steve Rogers lose all faith in America as a country and resulted in him renouncing the name “Captain America” and adopting the alias known as the “Nomad”, a man without a country. In my new superhero series, I am thinking of doing something similar to reflect the dark times we are facing under Trump. I have a strong feeling that the Trump fiasco is going to be bigger and messier than Watergate ever was. The reason for this is because Nixon resigned when he had the chance while Trump is willing to hold onto his power until the bitter end regardless of the consequences that will ensue. That would make a good story to model on as I write.

SUPERHUMAN SERIES: CHAPTER 5

I have reached the fifth chapter of my new superhuman series and this is where the dominos begin to fall. I decided for a play to take place in this chapter and I drew inspiration from my drama class days in high school. The whole writing process did bring back memories of my days on the stage. One of the characters will make their status as a superhuman public in the most extreme way possible.

SUPERPOWER: HIVE MIND

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One of the most disturbing superhuman powers would probably be the hive mind. A hive mind is when a single consciousness inhabits multiple bodies at the same time. Bees and ants have this ability and it makes them more organized and coordinated than a normal army where everyone has a mind of their own. I am thinking of creating a character who possesses a hive mind and it will allow them to commit multiple actions at the same time.

SUPERPOWERS: REFLEXIVE VS VOLUNTARY

When it comes to superpowers, I am thinking of applying them in the way that the human nervous system is arranged. Voluntary nerve impulses are activated through a person’s will while reflexive nerve impulses act independently of the will. With this in mind, I am thinking of making some superhuman powers activated by their wielder’s will while others remain constantly active when the wielder wants them to be or not. For instance, their intelligence, strength, speed, and durability would remain constantly active while other powers like telekinesis, heat vision, and telepathy can only be activated by the user’s will. What do you think of this concept? Please share your thoughts.

THE SUPERHERO MOTIVE

I have been thinking what kind of motivation my new characters would need to begin their crusade as superheroes and I think I may have found one. The world they will live in will be ruled by a government that labels all superhumans a danger to society. In order to gain the public’s trust and fight the status quo at the same time, the main characters will fight to prove that the government is wrong about them. However, the government will think of new ways of turning the public against superhumans. It is going to be a battle of both ideals and politics as a new team of heroes rises to the challenge.