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Antony Augoustakis and Stacie Raucci

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474424516

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474424516.001.0001

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Heroes and Companions in Hercules (2014)

Heroes and Companions in Hercules (2014)

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(p.60) 4 Heroes and Companions in Hercules (2014)
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Epic Heroes on Screen
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Angeline Chiu

Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474424516.003.0005

This chapter shows how Brett Ratner, working from Steve Moore’s 2009 graphic novel as a foundation for the 2014 film Hercules, utilized the role of companions in this innovative framing of the Hercules myth. It focuses on an overlooked aspect of the narrative. Instead of Hercules performing his labors alone, Ratner’s version of the myth uses an ensemble cast to support the legendary warrior, creating a group identity rather than just an individual heroic identity. The companions all come from mythological bases of their own, but contribute here to a composite identity of heroism. The result is a more effective hero, as well as a resulting focus on storytelling.

Keywords:   Hercules, Brett Ratner, Steve Moore, graphic novel, companions, storytelling

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