Sean Ferrell lives in New York City. His first novel, Numb, is forthcoming from HarperCollins in 2010. His short fiction has appeared in journals both online and off. He can be found online at www.byseanferrell.com
The enduring draw that continues to bring people to this film is the timeless story of a protagonist done wrong by powers beyond his control, and the wish to bring that corruption down by any means necessary.
You can't merely wait for the man in the cape to swoop in and rescue the damsel, you have to be aware that drawings of capes and drawings of damsels are beyond swooping and saving, unless we find room for them in the stories we create for ourselves.