Judas is perhaps best defined and best understood through mythic mediums such as story and film, as opposed to historical, scriptural studies that adhere strictly to the gospel texts alone. Judas, as seen in story and film, is not restricted to or defined exclusively by a series of actions that characterize him as a villain. Rather, especially in filmic depictions, he shifts from a villain to a tragic hero, and as such, allows for a fuller discussion of the various influences and choices with which Judas may have been faced than is possible in the genre of gospel text.
"Servant of the Story: Judas as Tragic Hero in Film,"
Journal of Religion & Film: Vol. 8
, Article 3.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.unomaha.edu/jrf/vol8/iss3/3