Rampant Lechers, Chaste Heroes (De-)Sexualised Violence in Comic book Screen Adaptations

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Theresia Heimerl


Violence is a central element of comic book screen adaptations in both Hollywood (Marvel, DC) and Japan. Yet while sexual violence is openly shown in film versions of manga, coded sexualised violence dominates Western productions. Positively connoted protagonists exercise violence, but no sexualised or sexual violence, in both groups. Conversely, villains are characterised by violence and some form of sexually grounded violence, but in Western films, they are ultimately repressed lechers, and only in Japanese productions do they rampantly lose their inhibitory control. Moreover,the heroes of Japanese films are noticeably less chaste than the almost asceticcelibate romantics of Marvel and DC.

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Theresia Heimerl, Institute for Religious Studies, Karl-Franzens-University, Graz

Theresia Heimerl, born in 1971, studied German and Classical Philology and Catholic Theology in Graz and Würzburg. Dr. phil. 1998, Dr. theol. 2001 Since 2003, Ao. Univ.-Prof. of Religious Studies at the Catholic Theological Faculty of Graz Habilitation dissertation on Das Wort gewordene Fleisch. Textualisierungen des Körpers in Patristik, Gnosis und Manichäismus Main emphasis of her work: European religious history, body-sex-religion, religion and film/TV