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When Superheroes Become Villains

Age does not matter when it comes to our long-time favorite superheroes. With all their comics and movie versions, you might have probably condemned to the deepest corners of your hearts all the villains who dared to overpower them. But what if superheroes become each other’s enemies?

The Dark Knight vs. Man of Steel

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) features the DC Comics characters, Batman and Superman.

Bruce Wayne/Batman fears Superman’s actions toward humanity after witnessing his catastrophic battle with General Zod. Similarly, Clark Kent/Superman learns Batman’s vigilantism and exposes it on his newspaper articles.

Wayne discovers that weapon smuggler Anatoli/KGBeast is working with LexCorp’s Lex Luthor, who successfully obtains Zod’s body and the Kryptonian scout ship.

While Kent is becoming more overwhelmed by his failures, Wayne steals the kryptonite from Luthor, creates kryptonite-based weapons, and trains hard to combat Superman.

For Superman to appear, Luthor hostages his mother, Martha. When Superman arrives, Luthor asks him to kill Batman in exchange of his mother. Superman’s attempt to explain the situation to Batman results in their brutal fight. Batman is almost unstoppable until Superman mentions “Martha,” which also happens to be Batman’s mother’s name. After knowing everything, Batman helps in rescuing Martha.

Ultimately, Luthor unleashes Doomsday. Superman, Batman, alongside Wonder Woman try to defeat the monstrous villain. However, the villain is too powerful that Superman resorts to stabbing it with the kryptonite—which also leaves him dead.

Captain America vs. Iron Man

Marvel Comics 2016 film Captain America: Civil War highlights the feud between Steve Rogers/Captain America and Tony Stark/Iron Man.

During the Avengers’ clash with Crossbone, Scarlet Witch unexpectedly casts her bomb into the sky, destroying buildings and killing several workers.

Accordingly, the United Nations (UN) demands to monitor the team. Iron Man supports the idea, but Captain America does not.

Before the said treaty is to be signed, a bomb explosion happens and the bomber is identified as Winter Soldier, who eventually escapes after the incident. To protect Winter Soldier from the authorities, Captain America hunts his ally.

Once again, Zemo brainwashes Winter Soldier, which triggers him to run riot. Captain America understands Zemo’s responsibility behind such mess. So he gathers Scarlet Witch, Hawkeye, and Antman to do justice. Iron Man then organizes Black Widow, Black Panther, War Machine, Vision, and Spiderman to capture the traitors.

While Iron Man is searching for Captain America, Zemo shows him a video of his parents being killed by Winter Soldier.

Out of anger, Iron Man attacks Captain America and Winter Soldier. He cuts Winter Soldier’s arm, but Captain America impairs his armor and escapes with Winter Soldier.

The War Culture

During the promotion of Batman v Superman, Ben Affleck insisted how scary our world is than it ever was.

We’ve all seen terrorist acts and we live in some level of fear from that. It’s a different reality. The world has gotten more complicated, more dangerous, and more frightening in many ways. We are informed by current events, consciously or subconsciously, and they become part of our storytelling.

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In an interview with, Anthony Mackie explained how he felt his film reflects the kind of society that we have today—a bureaucratic one. Director Joe Russo added that they wanted their film to offer a varying point of views and raise unanswerable questions.

Somehow, superhero flicks can get political. Beyond their intimidating superpowers and impressive visual effects are stories that must be perceived with depth. Ironically, they are as realistic as any other film genre. Luthor’s manipulation of Batman and Superman into fighting portrays how low people can get when driven by their personal interests; Batman’s judgment of Superman is an encouragement to question every belief one holds; and Captain America and Iron Man’s contrasting opinions toward the government’s involvement in their operations represent our societal dilemmas. Intelligently, both films are the epitome of every country’s political crisis, making them entertaining and relevant at the same time. Besides, why create superhero-filled worlds when the real one is as efficient as we hope it could be?

This article originally appeared on English Magazines published by Vibal Group, Inc.