Posts tagged "Wenatchee the Hatchet"
Maid of Honor in a Dishonorable World: Problems with Wonder Woman in the Twenty-First Century

Maid of Honor in a Dishonorable World: Problems with Wonder Woman in the Twenty-First Century

Mockingbird Superhero guru Wenatchee the Hatchet returns with another installment of his Exiles and Orphans of the Justice League series, an rather in-depth installment on Wonder Woman beginning here, with a look at the problems she poses for 21st-century American narrative.

After the Caped Crusader and the Man of Steel have had at least half a dozen movies each, you would think we would have gotten a single live action Wonder Woman film, but we haven’t. One of the recurring debates among fans of Wonder Woman has been exactly why this hasn’t happened.  Different explanations have been offered as to why.  Maybe Wonder…

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Mockingbird at the Movies: Ambition and Delusion in The Wind Rises

Mockingbird at the Movies: Ambition and Delusion in The Wind Rises

This one comes from Miyazaki guru Wenatchee the Hatchet:

Hayao Miyazaki’s latest film is unlike anything he has written or directed before. Famous the world over for stories that delight young and old alike, his newest film has stirred up controversy. After decades of being used to Miyazaki giving us films for children, what do we make of his semi-fictional account of the aviation engineer Jiro Horikoshi?

While some discussion and debate about Miyazaki’s possible endorsement of Japanese imperialism or failure to properly denounce the atrocities of imperial Japan have already been circulating, these debates tend to fixate on the “what” of…

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Justice Has Its Price: The Exiles and Orphans of the Justice League, pt. 1

Justice Has Its Price: The Exiles and Orphans of the Justice League, pt. 1

This soon-to-be-classic series on the Justice League from Wenatchee the Hatchet looks at moral/religious themes from Superman, Wonder Woman, and the rest from the Cartoon Network series. In this installment, we look at the temptation of hopes and dreams through Superman’s character. For more on Supes, go here.

Saving the World from Better Worlds

Superman fights for truth, justice and the American way. Superman saves the world. He saves Earth from alien invaders who would destroy or subjugate it as well as from those who call it home and would refashion it in their own images. But as the animated series Justice League (Unlimited)…

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Batman: The Agony of Loss and The Madness of Desire, Pt 6C

Batman: The Agony of Loss and The Madness of Desire, Pt 6C

It is not without some sadness that we post this final installment in Jeremiah Lawson AKA Wenatchee the Hatchet’s epic Batman: The Agony of Loss and The Madness of Desire series. He has taken us so far beyond what any of us – even in our wildest dreams – could have imagined possible when it comes to Batman: The Animated Series, uncovering its remarkable philosophical depth, artistic daring and emotional umph, not to mention a set of psycho-spiritual parables that outshines almost all of its live-action competition. Seriously! If you’ve been reading this final chapter (on salvation), you know that…

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Another Week Ends: Dead Liberal Arts, Glorious Ruin, Cagematch: Hoffman-Phoenix, Victorians in Baltimore, Creative Anxiety, and Imputed Guilt (by Association)

Another Week Ends: Dead Liberal Arts, Glorious Ruin, Cagematch: Hoffman-Phoenix, Victorians in Baltimore, Creative Anxiety, and Imputed Guilt (by Association)

1. Over at The Daily Standard, writer and lecturer Joseph Epstein asks, “Who Killed the Liberal Arts?” With pre-professional education and a degree of liberal-arts relativizing on the rise, Epstein finds a central problem with American higher education to be the same kind of achievement cult that recent films like Waiting for “Superman” have criticized. Epstein’s phrasing is particularly succinct:

Trained almost from the cradle to smash the SATs and any other examination that stands in their way, the privileged among them may take examinations better, but it is doubtful if their learning and intellectual understanding are any greater. Usually propelled by…

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Batman: The Agony of Loss and the Madness of Desire, pt 6A – Apostasy and Salvation in Gotham

Batman: The Agony of Loss and the Madness of Desire, pt 6A – Apostasy and Salvation in Gotham

Believe it or not, this week marks 20 years since Batman: The Animated Series made its network debut. And we would be remiss not to mark the occasion by kicking off the final chapter of Jeremiah Lawson aka Wenatchee the Hatchet’s extraordinary look at the moral and philosophical (and aesthetic) mechanics of that landmark show. To go back the beginning, click here. Otherwise, buckle your utility belt:

PART SIX: CROSSING THRESHOLDS, or Stories of Apostasy and Salvation in Gotham City

Physics is aware of phenomena which occur only at threshold magnitudes, which do not exist at all until a certain threshold encoded…

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A Path Through Three Prisons: Bruce Wayne in Nolan’s Batman Trilogy, Pt 3

A Path Through Three Prisons: Bruce Wayne in Nolan’s Batman Trilogy, Pt 3

Presenting the last part of Jeremiah Lawson AKA Wenatchee the Hatchet’s incisive series on Christopher Nolan’s recently completed Batman trilogy! Be warned: this one contains considerable spoilers for those who haven’t seen The Dark Knight Rises. For part one, go here. Part two, here.

THE THIRD PRISON: THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

When the final installment of Christopher Nolan’s Bat trilogy opens, eight years have passed since the events of The Dark Knight. Bruce Wayne has been physically and emotionally battered by his campaign against crime as Batman, and has gone into seclusion and self-imposed exile. He pines for his lost Rachel, believing…

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A Path Through Three Prisons: Bruce Wayne in Nolan’s Batman Trilogy, Pt 2

A Path Through Three Prisons: Bruce Wayne in Nolan’s Batman Trilogy, Pt 2

We are super pleased to bring you the middle installment of Jeremiah Lawson’s three-parter looking at the hero’s journey in Christopher Nolan’s now-completed Batman trilogy. To read part one, go here.

THE SECOND PRISON: THE DARK KNIGHT

The Dark Knight opens with a swift and violent bank robbery masterminded by the Joker. We watch as a group of masked men execute an intricately planned heist and then double-cross each other (to death) until, finally, the Joker kills the last hired thug and makes off with millions of the mob’s money. It would appear that a new breed of criminal has emerged in…

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Batman: The Agony of Loss and the Madness of Desire, Part 5a

Batman: The Agony of Loss and the Madness of Desire, Part 5a

We’re back! And just in time to lead up to a certain major blockbuster, we bring you the next installment of Jeremiah Lawson’s epic treatment of the moral, philosophical and theological underpinnings of the Batman mythos, in particular as they play out in what many consider to be the most authentic and inspired incarnation of the Caped Crusader in the past 20 odd years–seriously–Batman: The Animated Series. To start at the beginning, go here. Otherwise, sit back and enjoy the show:

AT NIGHT ALL CATS ARE GRAY: Tarnished Heroes and Lovable Rogues in Gotham

PART 1: CARTOONS AND THE MYTH OF PURE…

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Batman: The Agony of Loss and the Madness of Desire, Part 4c

Batman: The Agony of Loss and the Madness of Desire, Part 4c

You guessed it, Bat-Fans: this time The Riddler is our subject. As always, to start with, er, year one of Jeremiah Lawson’s soon-to-be-definitive exploration of Batman mythology, go here. Or to simply catch up on the current arc, the villain-themed The Wounds of Discovery, go here.

PART FOUR: THE WOUNDS OF DISCOVERY

3. The Life and Death of the Mind

All this I tested by wisdom and I said, “I am determined to be wise” — but this was beyond me. Ecclesiastes 7:28

Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.
Proverbs…

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Batman: The Agony of Loss and the Madness of Desire, Pt 4b

Batman: The Agony of Loss and the Madness of Desire, Pt 4b

Hey there, Bat-Fans! We interrupt our regularly scheduled blogging to bring you the next installment of Jeremiah Lawson’s expert look at Batman mythology. As the last entry indicated, these next few posts will look at the (utterly fascinating) psycho-spiritual motivations of the Dark Knight’s various villains.

PART FOUR: THE WOUNDS OF DISCOVERY

2. Idols of the Heart

The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? Jeremiah 17:9

It’s not uncommon for a person to start down the path of wrong-doing through an obsession with a certain kind of relationship. We all know why restraining orders exist and we…

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Batman: The Agony of Loss and the Madness of Desire, Pt 4a

Batman: The Agony of Loss and the Madness of Desire, Pt 4a

We’re baaaack! The fourth installment of Jeremiah Lawson’s brilliant exploration of the philosophical and theological underpinnings of Batman mythology has finally arrived, and I think you’ll agree that it was worth the wait. This post works as a perfect jumping-on point, the beginning of a significant new “chapter.” Of course, if you’d prefer to bat-a-rang back to the beginning, go here.

PART FOUR: THE WOUNDS OF DISCOVERY

1. The Strength of Knowing Weakness

What is crooked cannot be straightened; what is lacking cannot be counted.
Ecclesiastes 1:15

If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can…

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Batman: The Agony of Loss and the Madness of Desire, Pt 3

Batman: The Agony of Loss and the Madness of Desire, Pt 3

We come now to part three of Jeremiah Lawson’s epic exploration of Batman mythology, particularly as it relates to the Caped Crusader’s groundbreaking animated series (part one and part two). Many consider the episode discussed below, “Heart of Ice,” not only to be the best of the series, but a highwater mark of animated television, period. This editor being one – it is a work of Art:

PART THREE: HEART OF ICE, HEART OF WRATH

If a great hero is defined by a great villain, and Batman boasts the most famous villains in the history of comics, does that make him the…

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Batman: The Agony of Loss and the Madness of Desire, Pt 2

Batman: The Agony of Loss and the Madness of Desire, Pt 2

The wait is over! We proudly bring you the second installment of Jeremiah Lawson AKA Wenatchee the Hatchet’s series exploring the mythology of Batman, particularly as it relates to the Caped Crusader’s landmark animated series. To read part one, go here.

PART TWO: Enter the Dark Knight

When the pilot episode of Batman: The Animated Series aired on September 6, 1992, the show introduced itself, famously, with a somber, hyper-stylized depiction of Batman defeating two bank robbers. Opening credits of children’s cartoons normally did not tell stories and when they did, we were told everything we needed to know via the theme…

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Batman: The Agony of Loss and Madness of Desire, pt 1

Batman: The Agony of Loss and Madness of Desire, pt 1

With The Dark Knight Rises primed to rock all our worlds this summer, we draw your attention back to the beginning of Jeremiah Lawson’s AKA Wenatchee the Hatchet’s epic series of posts on the mythology surrounding everyone’s favorite caped crusader, a certain half-Law Incarnate/half-Walking Wound named Bruce Wayne. Jeremiah has previously explored several other aspects of the philosophical, historical and theological underpinnings of the DC Animated Universe, e.g. the conflicted legacy of Superman and the roots of the Cartoon Revolution that the DCAU spearheaded.

“Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of the desire: this is also vanity…

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