Boffins say ‘violent’ goodies are baddies
A NEW study claims that the “goodies” in superhero films actually commit more crimes than the “baddies”.
Research also found the good guys committed more murders than their evil enemies.
Lead author Dr Robert Olympia said: “Children and adolescents see the superheroes as ‘good guys’ and may be influenced by their portrayal of risk-taking behaviour and acts of violence.
“Health care providers should educate families about the violence depicted in this genre of film and the potential dangers that may occur when children try to emulate these perceived heroes.”
Researchers watched 10 superhero movies – like Batman and Wonder Woman – and recorded any instance of violence portrayed by the lead characters. counted 2,191 acts of violence by the heroes across the 10 films, and 1,724 from the crims.
Researchers say that instead of parents letting their kids watch a superhero movie at home and leaving the room, it may actually be healthier for them to watch superhero films with their children, and then discuss some of the more “troubling” scenes.
Dr Olympia added: “In passively co-viewing violent media, there is an implicit message that parents approve of what their children are seeing.
“And previous studies show a corresponding increase in aggressive behaviour.”