The movies have a way of making us see ourselves in the role of the heroes and heroines. We can just picture ourselves conquering evil and saving the world! Evil rarely triumphs in movies. There is always a hero or heroine, no matter how reluctant, who saves the day. In America we do love our heroes. There aren’t anywhere near enough of them in real life so we look to movies to supply us with heroic figures that merit emulation.
Batman saves Gotham City time and time again from those who would inflict evil…the Joker, the Penguin, Catwoman, the Riddler, etc.
Superman has super powers that enable him “to leap tall buildings in a single bound,” see through walls and around corners, and FLY! Superman stands for “truth, justice and the American way”! What kid hasn’t tied a dish towel around his neck and jumped off the roof to see if he could fly?
Spiderman is creepy looking, but he is one of the good guys and battles the forces of evil at every turn.
There are a ton of heroes that are all human and portrayed in movies by humans, of course; Dirty Harry, Robin Hood, Rocky, Norma Rae, “Rooster” Cogburn, and the list goes on and on.
There have been some movie heroines but in the true spirit of Hollywood, they are usually in supporting roles. The film “Norma Rae,” which was released in 1979, is a notable exception.
Then there are animal heroes that we have all loved; Lassie, Trigger, Benji, Flipper, Beethoven, Sea Biscuit, The Black Stallion, Free Willy, and this list goes on and on as well.
There have even been machines that were movie heroes; R2D2, Johnny 5, Sonny, and let’s not forget our favorite alien hero, E.T.