Date of Award
Sheila Schroeder, Ph.D.
Adaptation, Batman, Comic, Film, Screenplay, Superhero
The purpose of this thesis is to approach adapting a comic book into a film in a unique way. With so many comic-to-film adaptations following the trends of action movies, my goal was to adapt the popular comic book, Batman, into a screenplay that is not an action film. The screenplay, House of Cards, follows the original character of Miranda Greene as she attempts to understand insanity in Gotham’s most famous criminal, the Joker. The research for this project includes a detailed look at the comic book’s publication history, as well as previous film adaptations of Batman, and Batman in other relevant media. There are also narrative analyses of the prominent characters, settings and themes of Batman. These include Bruce Wayne/Batman, the Joker, Gotham City, feminism as it is represented in Batman, the recurring theme of broken families, and defining insanity in the Batman mythos. Also provided is the methodology for adapting these themes and concepts into a screenplay and a reflective essay analyzing the screenplay after its completion.
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Lieber, Matthew R., "House of Cards" (2013). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 367.
Received from ProQuest
Matthew R. Lieber