The Shadow Monthly Poll
Who is The Shadow's Successor?
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Oh, Batman could never fill the void that
The Shadow has left behind. Perhaps he isn't really gone. Isn't there a
dark side to all humans? Some of us, dip into it on a daily basis
to deal with the harshness of the world. There is no hero to my knowledge
that is able to fill the void, that He left. All we have to do is find a
way to make his comeback look really inviting to a younger generation of
Batman, for better or worse. He is still selling
comic books, and would do well if a new movie was made, so he's the succesor,
by default. Too bad pulp heroes are pretty much forgotten
by pop culture these days.
Although I don't believe anyone has filled the void left by the Shadow,
Frank Miller's depiction of Batman is as close as
they come. The same depiction of the Dark Knight that I believe inspired
Tim Burton. That is as close as anyone has come.
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Is The Shadow really gone? Did he need to have
a successor? Maybe he is still lurking, waiting for an appropriate time
to reappear. His life on the internet seems to be healthy and increasing.
Though people may put down the 1994 movie as not being pure Shadow, it got
the name and character out before a world-wide audience. Maybe a few more
nudges and the wave of The Shadow will break upon
the shore again.
Personally, IMHO, that The Punisher, in a *small*
way, is a sucessor to The Shadow. The Pulp version,
to be specific.
That is a tough question.
Could we say: The Spider.
Could we add: Batman, the detective. Not the flying Batman Forever.
We could be talking forever about this topic. Could The Shadow have trained somebody for his (ongoing fight for) justice? I think so. He tried with Batman. Is there any other choice? Batman was inspired by The Shadow.
Of course, Batman seems to be the logical
successor to The Shadow's dark throne. However, The Shadow has influenced
countless media forms for years.
I was watching "The Professional" this evening,
and the scene at the beginning, where Leon
(the movie's hero) is taking out various mob henchmen one-by-one cought
my eye. We catch only rapid glimpses of Leon, and he's established as a
scary character. When we finally see his face,
he's emerging from the darkness behind the mob boss... it's all very Shadow-like.
This is of course just one example; other movie characters have that Shadow-esque
feel (the most prominent and obvious is Darkman).
The strangest of the Shadow-influenced characters, in my opinion, are in
video-games. One example of these characters is Solid
Snake, the main character in the "Metal Gear
Solid" game franchise. Snake is a government agent whose expertise
is infiltrating tightly secure locations to gain sensitive information.
(Hmm... sound familiar...)
Even the GI Joe toy line has a Shadow-like
character: Snake-Eyes, a silent man-in-black
that we never really know anything about.
Ever notice that "mysterious" and "deadly"
go hand in hand with modern heroes? Gee, who was the first character to
be truly mysterious and deadly? ;-)
Of course, it's doubtful that the creators of today think of The Shadow
when creating these characters, but he certainly was the FIRST HERO to be
sneaky and mysterious, which are certainly
qualities that rate high on the "cool-meter"
for today's fictional heroes.