HEAT, Superheroes and The Principle of Microscopic Reversibility

Much has been made over the years of the fact that Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, arguably the most widely acclaimed superhero movie ever made, owes its existence in large part to Michael Mann’s 1995 masterpiece Heat. In fact, Nolan himself has never hidden away from this comparison and openly embraced it. However, the fact this relationship between The Dark Knight and Heat exists implies on the basis of what’s known in science as the principle of microscopic reversibility (i.e. that if a process is true in the forward sense, then its microscopic reverse is true as well) not only that The Dark Knight is Heat with Batman in it, but perhaps it suggests that Heat could be seen as a superhero movie in its own right. 

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House of Gucci (2021)

Universal Pictures

It would seem it wasn’t that long ago when I sat in the cinema to watch The Last Duel and emerged positively amazed at the fact a man well into his eighties could direct a movie this aggressive, poignant and provocative, all in the guise of a familiar medieval epic. You shall also be informed that in a recent podcast I was a part of (available over at CLAPPER’s Patreon channel that I strongly suggest you subscribe to) I may have confidently suggested that Ridley Scott just doesn’t miss at all and the worst he can do is mediocre. Boy, was I wrong! 

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