Why We Need Heroes in Movies

1730 Words Mar 3rd, 2011 7 Pages
Thomas Fuselier
Why do we need heroes?
Professor James Winters

While they may be very different from one another almost every movie must have some type of hero. Screen writers and movie directors must constantly develop these different types of heroes to please the many different attitudes and opinions of movie goers. Movie enthusiast all have different reasons for liking the movie heroes they do and it is up to the screen writers, actors, and directors to successfully please the movies target audience. Numerous studies have tried to reveal just exactly what people consider a hero to be. In a study discussed in the course packet the results show that terms such as intelligent, loving, and leader are some of the most commonly used
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In real life the underdog is hardly ever victorious so movie writers create these underdog heroes to fulfill the audiences desire to see the underdog actually win once and a while. Movies that show the underdog as triumphant give real people hope that even though one may be up against a much more powerful foe, it is possible to come out on top. Superheroes first became extremely popular within the pages of comic books so it was only natural that film makers adopted the idea of superheroes into movies as well. People flock to superhero movies to satisfy their need for fantasy. Superhero movies frequently depict an average Joe who is somehow given amazing super human powers that real men and women have been fantasizing about for years. When thinking about movies that follow this sequence of events, the first movie that comes to my mind is Spider Man. The movie starts out by showing the main character as a weak and nerdy high school student, but a field trip to a research lab changed his life forever. He is bitten by a spider that gives him super human powers that he uses to fight crime and injustice. Viewers are enticed by movies like Spiderman because they wish that they could actually obtain these super human powers too. While many people would like these powers to have the ability to better society, many would also enjoy the powers for more cynical uses. Many people can relate to the feeling of being weak and helpless, so seeing heroes like Spiderman in the

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