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Wednesday, May 5, 20107 Life Lessons from Great Comic Book Teachers.
"Forget what Tina Turner sang: We do need another hero. Several, actually, judging from the number of comic book stories-turned-blockbusters over the past few years. Sure, these superhero flicks make for good popcorn fare. But lately, our on-screen champions have peddled more than cool costumes and CGI wizardry. They form a crucible for how the rest of us grapple with adversity, morality, and faith."I would say that nearly every modern superhero story is surrounded in lessons of ethics and morality. More complex stories, like the X-Men have many layers of meaning, but even big pop-superheroes can teach us:
Batman: We Can Make a Difference
This "Dark Knight" (opens July 19) skulks about like a goth gone wild, nursing enough angst to fill a bat cave. "It's not who I am underneath, but what I do that defines me," Batman says in 2005's "Batman Begins." Even fractured people can make a difference.
Hellboy: We Can Be Redeemed
He's a literal demon, summoned by Nazis. But Hellboy rejects his infernal lineage and works against the bad guys. The lesson? We make our own destiny, no matter what kind of baggage we're saddled with. And hey, if a demon can be redeemed, that leaves hope for the rest of us.
The Hulk: We Can Sacrifice for the Greater Good
"The Incredible Hulk" (opens June 13) is what happens when Bruce Banner gets really angry, but this not-so-jolly-green giant can come in handy--like when the world is threatened by a powerful bad guy. Being angry doens't need to mean "being bad", it can be a call to positive action. Children, especially, empathize with the power gained from being emotionally charged.