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Harris, Emma A. "“I’m always angry”: Super-hydes and the appropriation of edward hyde in superhero films." Neo-Victorian Villains. Adaptations and Transformations in Popular Culture. Ed. Benjamin Poore. Neo-Victorian Series. Leiden: Brill, 2017. 
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Resource type: Book Chapter
Language: en: English
DOI: 10.1163/9789004322257_017
BibTeX citation key: Harris2017a
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Keywords: "Batman", "Spider-Man", "The Avengers", Adaptation, Film adaptation, Intertextuality, Literature, Stevenson. Robert Louis, Superhero, USA
Creators: Harris, Poore
Publisher: Brill (Leiden)
Collection: Neo-Victorian Villains. Adaptations and Transformations in Popular Culture
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This chapter concentrates on three adaptations of Robert Louis Stevenson’s villainous creation, Edward Hyde: the Hulk in The Avengers (2012), the Lizard in The Amazing Spiderman (2012) and Two-Face in The Dark Knight (2008). Hyde as a neo-Victorian villain has been particularly successful in the superhero genre, which is fundamentally concerned with identity and personal responsibility. Hyde represents a darker, animalistic self which acts on the urges repressed by Victorian morality. This chapter considers the appeal and relevance of updated Hyde characters in modern society. I analyse the elements that superhero films and Hyde appropriations share with Stevenson’s story before arguing that to modern audiences, Hyde represents not urges that society represses, but the difficulty in knowing moral limits in a world where the old codes and traditions are fading.
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