The biggest motif about superheroes, (and for those of us with hero complexes) is the need to hide our identity behind a hood, cowl, or mask. But what happens when the “face” we put on overtakes the person we are trying to be? Is that even a bad thing? Tonight’s Gotham sees Dwight, one of Jerome’s biggest disciples, become such a component in his “reanimation” that he literally will wear Jerome’s face as a mask…surrendering with his hands up.
“Poor, blind baby. It’s always hardest to see what’s right under our noses.” – Barbara Season 3: Episode 11 – Beware the Green-Eyed Monster
Sometimes the idea of taking on a persona becomes stronger than the very ideals we try to uphold. I mean look at Batman…the line between the Bat and Bruce Wayne has blurred and sharpened drastically over the long history of the character. A lot of us have to be more than just our regular old selves to get through certain aspects of our day. Does that make us faceless? Should we be able to be just ourselves and let that be the end of it? The truth is that all of us have an innate desire to do more, to be more. We all want to be better, stronger than we were before. To do that, some of us have to look deep inside of ourselves and tap into something that may or may not have existed. Others may have to just change altogether. I know what that’s like. Being seen one way and placed in this fixed position can leave you feeling under-valued, unappreciated. That becomes the seed that grows into the desire to want to break out from up under one’s former characteristics.
I don’t have a secret identity. Yet, the mask I wear does differentiate me from the man I once was. Sometimes, we don’t always lose ourselves in our new personas…we might even gain an identity in of itself. To have a mission, to have purpose, to have reason to keep putting one foot in front of the other…maybe we aren’t so faceless after all?