--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Sean Shapiro <ssshapir@...> wrote:
> I like your definition of noir -- it's what gives your books their
> Dressing up like an animal so you can get your rocks off beating
criminals up is not exactly resisting your baser instincts. Especially when it gets a sidekick crippled and another killed.
It depends on whether you believe in heroes. If you absolutely don't,
then Batman takes on an entirely different meaning, I think, as do
most westerns and quite a few PI stories. But can someone who
disbelieves in heroes be a fan of Batman? Well, for one thing the guy
is _different_, he does not follow convention. That's an attraction
for me, anyway. That, and deconstructing the ideology behind the
exploits. Dick Tracy is a very good one for that, too.
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