Author Archives: Luna

There’s a storm coming, Mr. Wayne.

There are certain core traits that make up Batman, and most of them are all fairly well-known in popular culture. In most iterations of the character, Bruce Wayne is a billionaire playboy who witnessed the shooting of his parents as a child, and so decides to spend his nights fighting crime and corruption in Gotham. It’s no secret that I love Batman; he’s been my favorite for as long as I can remember, and I’m probably not the only one who likes that fact that he’s a human who can stand toe to toe with Superman. But after countless conversations about the character (mostly when Uta and I should have been studying), there are certain truths about him that I can’t deny.

People often jokingly argue that Batman’s superpower is actually money. I’d like to think he’d fight crime even if he wasn’t born in a manor, but the truth is that it’s a lot easier to do when you’ve got a Kevlar suit, fancy analyzing equipment, and a Batmobile. As a rich, white male, Bruce has privilege in ways that many fans of his character do not. Sometimes it feels like this privilege isn’t really discussed in Batman stories, which is why I was interested in the way that it was acknowledged in The Dark Knight Rises.

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Mini Post: Luna Tries to Plan Ahead

I’ve been meaning to make a timeline of TV shows and movies I’m interested in seeing for a while now. Since we’re experiencing issues with today’s post, I thought I’d post what I have as a bonus. Everyone from Potted Lid, feel free to edit in anything you’re interested in as well. And any readers should feel free to add their own suggestions in the comments. Televisions shows will be italicized for the sake of convenience.

2012

Guys with Kids                                                         September 12th (Basil)
Revolution                                                                 September 17th (Basil) (Morike)
Parks and Recreation                                           September 20th (Basil)
Fringe                                                                           September 28th (Basil) (Morike)           Elementary                                                                September 27th                                   Young Justice (new episodes)                            September 29th (w00t! – Morike)         Arrow                                                                           October  10                                                   Wreck-It Ralph                                                        November 2 (YES! – Morike)
The Hobbit                                                                 December 14 (YES! – Morike)
Les Miserables                                                          December 14 (S’MORE YES! -Morike)

2013

Legend of Korra (season 2)                                 TBA
Sailor Moon (new series)                                      TBA (summer)
Beautiful Creatures                                                 February 13 (Basil)
Iron Man 3                                                                  May 3
The Great Gatsby                                                     June
Man of Steel                                                                June 14
Thor: The Dark World                                           November 08
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire                    November 22
(All 2013 things have been approved by Morike. Because, dude guys, that’s all awesome and stuff)

2014

Maleficent                                                                     March 14 (<– Morike needz that trailer yesterday)
Captain America: The Winter Soldier               April 4
The Hunger Games: Mockinjay Part 1              November 21

2015

Avengers 2                                                                     May 1
The Hunger Games: Mockinjay Part 2              November 20

Reflections

A queen stands in front of a mirror, asking a question. A princess has her life upended because the mirror answers with the truth. You know this tale. The iconic image associated with Snow White tends to be the apple, but we wouldn’t have a story without that mirror. Just for fun, I started reflecting on the role of mirrors in a more modern story—Harry Potter, of course.

The most famous example in the series is the Mirror of Erised, which Harry stumbles across in his first year. The mirror in Snow White must reply with the truth, no matter what the queen desires. This mirror shows the truth of what the person in front of it desires. As a friend of mine once pointed out, it’s a clever device to develop characterization. Later on in the book it also serves as a plot device to allow Harry to get the Philosopher’s Stone instead of Voldemort. Actually, here it serves as an indication of character once again. The Mirror of Erised was enchanted to only allow a person who didn’t want to use the stone to get the stone. When Harry gets the stone from the mirror, his status as a hero is reinforced by showing his selfless motives.

Moving beyond Erised, however, we can find that J.K. Rowling continues to use mirrors as important plot devices. Think of The Chamber of Secrets, where Hermione is found with a hand mirror when she gets petrified. It’s one of hints that Ron and Harry use to figure out that there is a basilisk running around the school. Once again a mirror is used as part of a revelation, though this one is more relevant to plot rather than characterization.

In The Goblet of Fire, a mirror plays a minor role through the Foe Glass in Crouch Jr.’s office. We see Dumbledore, Snape, and McGonagall appear in the glass as the enemies of the owner, emphasizing the fact that Moody has been an imposter the entire time. It builds up the tension in the scene, acting as a character reveal for the fake Moody and helps lead up to the second climax of the book.

The mirror that remains prominent in my mind, however, is in the fifth book. While watching Sirius fall into the veil was heart breaking, the moment that really hit me was when Harry finds the gift, and realizes he had a way to contact his godfather all along. This scene really plays into the devastating what-if scenarios people run through after a loved one has died, wondering if they could have done something to prevent that death.

What’s interesting about this particular mirror, however, is the way it is used in the last book of the series. The death of Sirius, and later Dumbledore, are done purposefully in the series so that there is no father figure left to protect Harry. But when Harry’s life is in danger in Malfoy Manor, Dumbledore’s brother Aberforth finds out he is in trouble via that same mirror and sends help. In a way, Harry is saved by his bonds to Sirius and Dumbledore even after they have passed on. In a book series where a mother’s love protects her son even after death, it seems fitting that our other loved ones can leave behind protection as well.