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“Batman at 75: The Psychology of Why The Dark Knight Endures” — Dr. Travis Langley at Psychology Today offers a ton of reasons why we’re still in love with the tortured hero. As with most things from @Superherologist, it’s fascinating, and you should follow him on Twitter. The funny thing is that the length of the list Langley came up with is genuinely the key to the answer. Some of the elements you’ll agree with, some you won’t, but there are simply so many layers and potential positives that the character ends up being many great symbols to many different people. Not a blank slate, but someone so well-rounded that we can see our reflection somewhere in there.
“How Captain America‘s Chris Evans Finally Got Tired Of Being Famous” — On the other side of longevity, Kyle Buchanan at Vulture profiles an actor who doesn’t want to act anymore. Most startling, recognizing how many bad movies he made on the road toward Marvel. For those scoffing at him, realize that the guy has been through the wringer for more than a decade.
“From Pi to Noah, the films of Darren Aronofsky are connected by destructive dreamers” — The Dissolve gang converses on a wide range of topics that keep circling back to the fragility of large ideas.
“The need for truth in ‘based on a true story’” — After nudging him, The Bitter Script Reader has posted an excellent response following a particularly dynamic episode of Broken Projector. If we demand truth in our true stories, the questions are 1) how much? and 2) why?