We Don’t Need Another Hero: Troy, Fall of a City (2018) and the End of Epic Male Heroism

When Gladiator was released in 2000, its narrative of a betrayed general who becomes a gladiator and pursues a relentless and violent quest for personal vengeance (and simultaneously cleanses a corrupt state) struck a profound cultural nerve. Of course, Gladiator drew on well-established cinematic and generic conventions, but it is…