Superhero sequel movie plot: The public turns against the hero(es), believing he/she/they have done something wrong. The hero(es) must prove his/her/their innocence.
Is this Hollywood at its most unoriginal, or is there something more archetypal about this plot device?
I am not sure how far back this idea goes, but it certainly can be applied to American culture. We have a tendency to build up heroes in various realms only to know them down. Plus, the United States is often seen as a place of second chances, so I think it is speaking to an American phenomenon.
We do that a lot to politicians, so I can see that. We expect them to save us, but they’re only human.