What Batman Says About Us
By David Roark
May 8, 2012
Every generation has its superhero. In the 1980s that hero was Superman–truth, justice and the American way were just the thing to bring clarity to a world rent by a Cold War. In the 1990s, a dark, streamlined Batman took the superhero reins. But the Batman–as conceived of by multiple directors–ended the decade reveling in campy and laughable villains, becoming a punchline for a decade already steeped in sarcasm. The early 2000s had a squeaky clean Spider-Man who could unironically pose in front of an American flag, a symbol of post-9/11 hope.
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