In M. Night Shyamalan's Unbreakable, the character Mr. Glass (portrayed by Samuel L. Jackson) posits that the world is in need of new heroes---and this is why David Dunn (portrayed by Bruce Willis) has been imbued with superpower. According to Mr. Glass, a new era, an era of despair has led to destiny granting these abilities to Dunn in order to provide the world with hope.
Watchmenseems to prescribe to a very similar notion in why superheroes came to exist in the universe the novel posits. It deals not only with the era of these heroes' existence, but the aftermath of their lives when they have ceased to be necessary.
What is it about heroes and superheroes that captivate our imaginations? Not only superheroes, but cowboys, astronauts, spies, even knights and wizards---all have captivated audiences and led to thousands of stories being told about them. For my paper, I would like to use the text of Watchmen as well as the film Unbreakable to attempt to garner a deeper understanding of what role superheroes play in our culture, and why they have been so influential in media. This will delve into cultural and historical implications of the superhero genre specifically through the use of texts and films that are in a sense meta-statements on the genre itself.