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American Hero

This is not the way the movie was meant to end.

Where is the dark swoop of Batman?

The fluttering glory of red cape?

The strong arms slowly turning the world back in time, smoothing away ruin, poverty, hopelessness?

The comedy chain-gang stumble of the elite one per cent on their way to jail?

Instead, a technicolour blare of scarlet

As the sun sets over the Empire

And a new Nero stands triumphant on the walls of Rome

Fiddling

While the world burns.

I want my money back.

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