From the Dark Knight to Francis Underwood: Twenty-first Century Noir Heroes

About the Scholar: Lu Zeng grew up in China and attended Shenzhen Foreign Languages School in Shenzhen, China

The Research:

When the world changed on 9/11/2001, the new enemy, terrorism, needed a new kind of hero. Lu suggests that just as the cultural trauma inspired by terrorism was created in part by media coverage of terrorist acts, the creation of “noir heroes” in the tradition of those of the 1940s and 1950s helped address the trauma. Two contrasting examples are The Dark Knight from the Batman series, who helps mitigate the fear of terrorism, and Francis Underwood of House of Cards, a US President who is a terrorist. Lu expects that future events will call for more noir heroes.

ClientThe Car Rental Co
SkillsPhotography / Media Production

Project Title

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