Ever since I can remember, I have held a deep devotion towards the mighty fictional beings known as superheroes.
They were my childhood role models; I have a mural of Wonder Woman on my wall to prove it. I would dress up as Robin, my brother: Batman and we would save the world. To show- even back then- my preference for DC over Marvel, five-year-old me also used to bash and scream at an inflatable Hulk.
So, as a committed DC fan since birth, I speedily watched two seasons of the TV Series: The Flash and am now waiting (impatiently) for the third.* But after a short course in Philosophy, I found that there’s more than meets the eye with the series.
It’s time to get deep.
It turns out, my favourite DC superhero: the Flash encompasses a multitude of philosophical ideas. The TV series features many philosophical concepts; from the ethics and implications of time travel and the concept of fate and destiny, to the interesting contradiction of the reliance of the hero and villain on one another, to the ethics of dealing out your own brand of justice without consulting authority, and the concept of the noble lie. The main philosophical themes within the Flash are those concerning identity, ethics, the concept of the self, trust, fate and the notion of secrecy.
In following blog posts, I intend to explore these philosophical themes in more depth, starting with Season 1.
*I dislike illegality and online streaming….especially when my favourite superheroes are involved.