The creation of fictional worlds is sometimes viewed as escapism, but it is really a challenging mental exercise as old as history. From ancient mythologies, to Arthurian legends, to modern fantasy fiction, man always had an aptitude for creating non-existent places: sometimes vast self-consistent universes, like J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-Earth, sometimes mysterious alternate dimensions, like H.P. Lovecraft’s Dreamlands, and sometimes hidden domains within our very own dull reality, like J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World. These realms of reverie are a distinctive indicator of the expansive capabilities of the human mind.
From very early on, filmmakers were attracted to the idea of constructing entire fictional realities in their movies. Primarily based on fantasy literature, these materializations have often faced issues of persuasiveness and fell short of their source material. In many cases though, we witnessed compelling fantasy worlds, filled with magnificent geography and incredible flora and fauna, entire made-up cultures, featuring genuine folkway and lore. In a medium heavily depended upon the illusion of perception and the misleading of audiences, these fantasy worlds have regularly been illustrated as brilliant metaphors for our own perceivable world.
In the light of the upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s Western fantasy epic The Dark Tower, DCEU’s highly anticipated cinematic versions of Themyscira (in Wonder Woman) and Atlantis (in Aquaman) and the multiple world-generating 1980s-worshiping sci-fi Ready Player One, currently filming by Steven Spielberg, it’s time for a retrospective.
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