I try to keep a lot of the strictly entertainment news off this site and onto Fantasy Merchant, but…here’s this rumor that Leonardo DiCaprio is getting “courted” to play the Joker. It’s like the biggest Hollywood story right this second. And it fits perfectly into my “Robins and Jokers” Horus/Set archetype theory.
Let’s start this with a look at a post I did last year, “The Sacred Trinity: Triads In Pop-Culture And Mythology.” In that, I said there was a basic archetypal trio or “trinity” that operated in pop-culture, especially comic books: Isis (the Mother), Osiris (the Father) and Horus (the Son). It didn’t matter if these characters were actually related to each other, or what their specific relationships with each other was. If there was a Woman (say, Supergirl) a Man (Superman) and a Child (Superboy): you now had a Trinity!
For the very popular Batman franchise, this was a natural fit: Batgirl or Catwoman was the Isis-figure, Batman was Osiris, and Robin (dressed in his bird costume) made a fitting hawk-Horus. Again, the actual relationships between the characters, and their connection (or lack thereof) to Egyptian mythology was unimportant—simply seeing in visual form this Trinity “activates” primal recognition in the group subconscious.
And so here we have the full trailer for the upcoming movie adaptation of Stephen King’s IT. Very much in the Stranger Things vein—80s retro memories covered in insinuated abuse, demons, and all sorts of nasty shit grown-ups like to cover up. But let’s get real on what really brings in the audience for IT—it’s the damn clown.
It’s no secret that the “Creepy Clown” meme has been playing out in real-life for several years now; grown-ass people dressing like clowns, stalking children, sometimes carrying an axe, and in general being a fucking menace. Then there is the “side-genre” of the Creepy Clowns, which are The Jokers—a bit less common, especially now, but still crops up occasionally.
Is there no more iconic pop-culture symbol than the head of Spider-Man? This theoretically arachnid visage, coupled with the Superman “S” logo, has practically defined the superhero genre.
But: what archetype is the Spider-Man head design supposed to evoke? Because surely, it looks nothing like that of an actual spider:
Two months ago, cartoonist Matt Furie killed his creation Pepe the Frog, citing the imaginary amphibian’s corruption by a nefarious cabal of alt-right Internet users.
But now, thanks to the crowdfunding site Kickstarter, Pepe might return—as, in Furie’s words, “a universal symbol for peace, love, and acceptance.”
And so the “symbol wars” continue, my friends, and let us not pretend that the fate of the universe (or, at least, that of the Republic) depends on merely a handful of comic book and cartoon characters.
When I ordered the hit on you, I was worried that I was killing the golden goose. But, you see, it was just fate that you survived it, leaving one last golden egg to give. You really think that just because you have an idea, it belongs to you? Your father, he helped give us the atomic bomb. Now what kind of world would it be today if he was as selfish as you?
–Obadiah Stane, “Iron Man”
I. THE BEAST AND THE GEEK
The very best scenario—if you are so inclined—is that you are the “New Messiah.” The second best scenario is that you are the exclusive prophet of the New Messiah.
A far more troubling scenario is one in which you are the prophet of the New Messiah, but consider him to be somewhat “beneath” you—you consider him to be a punk, a nerd, a neurotic, a weakling, somebody unworthy of the title.
Nancy: I drink of my sisters, and I take into myself…all the power of Manon.
Sarah: That’s all?
There were three main pop-culture fads going on in the mid-1990s: