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Batman and Zorro

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In light of Rafe’s short pointer to an article on the new upcoming Zorro film, I thought popular culture buffs might be interested in a few observations on the parallels between Batman and Zorro.

1) In the original origin story(not reproduced in the recent movie), Bruce Wayne’s parents were shot dead after the Wayne family walked home from watching Zorro at the cinema. Young Bruce Wayne had previously been pestering them for weeks to take him to see Zorro, hence the partial feeling of responsibility for his parents’ death.

2) At least at the start of Batman’s vigilante career, the Gotham City Police Department and the Mayor’s office was highly corrupt with the only honest cop being Jim Gordon. In Frank Miller’s Batman Year One it is made clear that Batman is targeting the high level white collar criminals as well as the low level thugs as there is a scene where he throws a smoke bomb into a dinner party attended by the Mayor and other bigwigs and tells them that they are done ‘feasting on Gotham’. This makes Batman very similar to Zorro because both had public identities as one of the rich bigwigs in highly corrupt societies.

3) In Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Strikes Again (set when Batman is pushing sixty and bald), the Zorro parallel is emphasised again when Batman and his rebels launch an attack on the President of the United States, Lex Luthor (who, incidentally, just happen to have Administration officials who resemble Rummy and Wolfowitz), and carves a Z on Luthor’s face with his batarang

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Written by Admin

November 20, 2005 at 1:22 pm

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