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The Hero's Journey - Batman
Transcript of The Hero's Journey - Batman
Something changes so drastically that it calls the hero into action, he feels a need to become something other than just a man.
When Bruce doesn’t succeed in killing his parents’ killer he seeks out Falcone who shows him just how powerless he really is. Bruce then sets off on his own and joins the criminals of the world, a small step toward fighting for justice. Carmine Falcone: Notorious Mob Boss 1. The Call to Adventure Refusal of the Call The hero doesn’t want to be a hero, doesn’t want the responsibility, he is afraid of what lies ahead.
Bruce finds himself in prison, hiding from the world and not wanting to take on any responsibility, he would rather “practice” fighting people who are all ready locked up. The hero meets someone who will help take him from ordinary man to hero, he is the mentor, the wise man who teaches the man more about himself than he ever knew.
Bruce is lost in prison until Henri Ducard comes by to take him in and teach him how to master his fear, master his own fate and become the man is was always meant to be. Supernatural Aid/Meeting of the Mentor The Crossing of the First Threshold The hero accepts that he must leave his ordinary world behind, that he must enter a new world and become a new being.
Bruce becomes Batman and goes after the mob, he returns to Gotham to help rid his dear city of evil. The hero is now at his peak. He is fighting his enemies, being tested physically, emotionally and spiritually.
The final battle for Gotham in the end of Batman Begins forces Bruce to fight his mentor and fight fear itself. The Belly of the Whale Act II: Initiation
The Dark Knight The hero still soldiers on and fights for his principles.
Batman is at his peak. He is trying to take out the mob, even goes overseas to bring in Lau. He hasn’t yet met the Joker, however the Joker’s power and influence is being felt. The Road of Trials Something is threatening the reward the hero has gained, something threatens to take back everything that created the peace, usually a magical being or god.
Bruce is convinced to return to the world by Blake and others who see that something is coming, something that is threatening to bring Gotham down. Bruce realizes that Batman must return, however he is met with a man who is too strong, too powerful and just too much for this old hero to handle. Batman is broken spiritually and physically by Bane and thrown back into a prison, paralleling the very beginning of his journey. The Magic Fight This is when the hero gathers up allies and prepares for a final battle, the battle that will change everything. The hero learns that he cannot save the world alone.
Batman sees that he cannot save Gotham on his own, he reaches out to Gordon and Dent seeing that they may be the only legitimate way to bring Gotham back to its former glory. The best example of this is chase in downtown Gotham when all three men work together to bring in the Joker. Approach The Ordeal The middle of the story when the hero must face their greatest fear, often death, and learn that from death comes new life.
This begins in the interrogation scene when Batman loses his temper and his mind when he finds that his love has been taken, that he must somehow save Rachel but then fails. Batman and Bruce are emotionally broken and must deal with Rachel’s death and cannot find the strength to carry on. The hero, having faced death, has become more than just a man, he is able to fight evil like never before and is rewarded, often by deification. But it isn’t the hero Batman who gets deified or gets the reward, it is Harvey. Bruce must sacrifice himself to save the city he loves, he must become the villain so there can be true peace in Gotham. The Reward Having reached his goal, having saved his people, the hero doesn’t see a need to return to normal life and pain. When The Dark Knight Rises begins, Bruce is now a recluse hiding in his manor, a source of stories and tales of him being disfigured and decrepit. Bruce doesn’t want to rejoin the world because he did what needed to be done for Gotham, he doesn’t see anything wrong with the city, everything worked out as it was supposed to. Refusal of the Return Act III: Return:
The Dark Knight Rises Rescue from Without/The Road Back The hero needs help returning home, he must fight his way back, often a chase scene is involved. The entire section of TDKR where Bruce is locked away in the prison he is forced to watch his city burn, he must fight his way back by mending his body and his spirit, by finding that fear that drove him from the beginning. He has the help of fellow inmates who teach him that a man cannot live without pain and fear, he must embrace it because that is what makes life worth living. Bruce finally reaches the top of the wall and heads back home, where he joins forces with Selina and Blake. The final climax of the story when the hero is tested one last time, this isn’t quite like any other fight he has had before, it pushes him to his limits and makes him use all the knowledge he has gained over the years. The hero is finally transformed. The final battle to save Gotham, Batman and Bruce return and force the city to take back control, he must fight against time and the ultimate destructive force. Not only must Batman face his most terrifying opponent in Bane, but he must also deal with betrayal by Talia, until finally he must finally sacrifice himself to save his city. Batman is no longer a villain that Gotham needed at the end of the The Dark Knight, he has been finally transformed into the ultimate martyr for justice, a true hero. Resurrection/Return with Elixir The hero’s journey is done, he can finally live happily knowing that the world is safe. Batman is dead and gone, allowing Bruce to finally live the life he never knew he could have, quiet and in love we see him just living in the final scenes of the film. We also get a possible glimpse of another hero taking his place…but that is a completely different story (we hope!). Freedom to Live