Dr. Stephen Strange: I’m not ready. The Ancient One: No one ever is. We don’t get to choose our time.
On your journey of spiritual development, you might find it helpful to have role-models—archetypes—to pattern yourself after. While the annals of “real-life” esotericism are filled with possible heroes & heroines to emulate, you could just as well take the pop-cultural route.
There are three distinct hero/heroine archetypes which seem to recur in mythology, pop-culture, and “real-life.” They all seem to push the boundaries of human evolution—but each in their own unique way.
“My dreams are coming to me when I’m awake now…”
1995’s Batman Forever, directed by Joel “The Number 23” Schumacher, is one of the weirdest superhero movies you will ever see. It’s all about trauma and mind-control—you know, something for the kids and the Happy Meals!
So it wasn’t all for nothing…
—The Gray Ghost, “Batman: The Animated Series”
There is a trope in some modern Batman comics (such as Darwyn Cooke’s Batman: Ego and the Legends Of The Dark Knight “Shaman” storyline) in which a type of eternal/universal “Batman” archetype/thoughtform exists outside of Batman himself. A “primal” Batman. An “idea” of a Batman. An “ur-Batman.”
It is my belief that these archetypal entities such as “ur-Batman” sort of…”choose” who will represent them. I don’t think they always get “rights of first refusal,” certainly (I mean…just the entire Batman and Robin movie fiasco)…but they do seem to have a “say” where it matters the most; where it is most crucial.
And I believe that this is what happened to actor Adam West, who would have turned 90 today.
“I never wanted you to come back to Gotham. I always knew there was nothing here for you, except pain and tragedy. And I wanted something more for you than that. I still do.”
–Alfred Pennyworth, “The Dark Knight Rises”
I once researched the urban legend as to whether there is a “Superman Curse.” There’s the circumstantial evidence—the centerpiece of which was the similar-sounding George Reeves and Christopher Reeve, famous for playing the character, both dying relatively young. (Between the revelations concerning Kevin Spacey, who played Lex Luthor in Superman Returns, and the apparent “Smallville Girls Sex Slave Cult,” I may have to revise that particular post in the near future.)
OK, this is one of those life-coaching posts, yadda yadda yadda…but it also has Batman in it! (so hang in there!)
Long story short: if you want to be a success, you need to understand what your “story” is. Where do you come from, where are you going, who are you, and how would that all play out in a theoretical movie about your life?
And who is writing this “movie”? Are you writing it? Or have you abdicated that task to others (who may or may not have your best intentions at heart)?