Slide 2: STOCK CHARACTER? With its negative overtones, superheroes are usually c onsidered a stock character, being more a symbol than an actual human with personal issues and personality. Superheroes are most recognised for: Superpowers – these vary widely, Superman himself has abilities of flight, super strength and many more. Strong moral code – ‘With great power there must also come great responsibility’. Motif – An underlying theme that affects a superhero's name, costume and representation. Such as Batman is considered ‘The Dark Knight’. Back story – Usually a superhero’s origins are always revealed. Secret identity – In order to protect friends and family from becoming targets, a superhero takes upon a secret identity or keeps themselves unsuspicious in their normal life. Independent Wealth – Such as Bruce Wayne’s inheritance or an occupation that allows for minimal supervision.
Slide 3: IN FILM – NARRATIVE example narrative: ‘Spider-Man’ 2002 Equilibrium Peter Parker is a normal teenager, he lives with his aunt and uncle a nd has a crush on Mary Jane. Resolution Disequilibrium! At a school trip to a laboratory, Peter is bitten by a radioactive spider and is given super powers. He starts to mess about and abuse his abilities, which Causes the murder of his beloved Uncle Ben. He becomes Spider-Man and swears to protect New York City, but soon the super villain The Green Goblin causes turmoil. Spider-Man avenges his Uncle and defeats The Green Goblin. Restored Order The city is safe once again. New Equilibrium Mary Jane confesses her love f or Peter, though he realises his u ltimate goal is to protect the city.
Slide 4: Superhero costumes are fairly flamboyant and memorable. They also bear the superhero’s emblem for easy recognition.