What Does The MAN OF STEEL Reveal About Us As A Society?
Man of Steel; the movie that as divided fans of all sorts. There are those who believe it's terrible, others believe it' was just good, and others think it was phenomenal...
Man of Steel; the movie that as divided fans of all sorts. There are those who believe it's terrible, others believe it' was just good, and others think it was phenomenal. I for one think it was just good but this isn't what this article is about. This article is about what people's views towards certain moments in the movie reveal about us so lets get started.
Above is a scene from SUPERMAN VS. THE ELITE in this scene Superman reveals a moment when he heard a kid say that he wants to grow up and be in The Elite so because he thinks it would be fun to kill people. Now this is one of my favorite scenes of the movie but it had always seemed strange because it didn't seem like something I would hear a kid say in real life. Though all that changed when I heard my little brother repeat pretty much the same line and no I'm not making this up. You see just a couple of days ago I was talking to my cousin about the movie, specifically the scene when Supes kill Zod. Then s few minutes after our discussion my younger brother says "I want o be like Superman and go around snapping the bad guys neck". Now this truly shocked me I mean is this what some people are taking away from the Man of Steel. That taking away someones life is somehow cool. I mean what happened to peoples ideas of what was cool become so twisted. What happened to the day when we would look forward to seeing our heroes overcome without crossing that line. Perhaps the Green Goblin was right and that what we enjoy seeing most is "to see a hero fall, die trying". At first when I heard my brother say all of this I didn't think much of it It wasn't until much later when I though of all of this.
Then a few days later for some reason I remembered the day after I had got done watching the movie with my family. That day my little brother wanted to watch Superman: Doomsday he was still high off of the excitement of the Man of Steel. During the moment I forgot how exactly we got to this but during his battle with Doomsday my older brother says "Superman would have less problems if he would just kill all of his enemies.". Now I understand that logically that makes sense. I man if you take out the guy who keeps causing trouble then you wont have to deal with them anymore but does that mean we have to constantly be told that in the real world that the only option we have. I mean what happened to all the people that used to try to use non-violence or education to try and help rather than force and violence. Now I know some of you may be saying that Superman is just a fictional character that doesn't mean anything. Yet it's the fact that he is fictional that makes it all the more sadder. I mean Superman is supposed to be a symbol of Hope and is supposed to show us that there is always another way just that sometimes we have to work hard and never give up to find it. After all if we think it's ridiculous that a hero like Superman can find a way to save the day without crossing that line then what chance do we have.
Now I know some of you might be saying that if they wanted to they superman could have rescued kittens out of trees and that the Man of Steel is a far better story with this ending. But is that what so many think of when people talk about old fashioned superman style of heroism. See people have gotten so used to gritty and tough endings that they have begun to think that that is the only way to be heroic , that the best way to deal with criminals is through force. Now I don't know if this means that the reporter in “WHAT’S SO FUNNY ABOUT TRUTH, JUSTICE, AND THE AMERICAN WAY?” is right and that “The world is sick and broken, Kent. People want someone to fix it, not hand out slogans and bandages. The age of Superman is over, viva the Elite.”. Or perhaps I'm just like what Manchester Black said to Superman and I'm living in a dream world. Ether way I will continue to believe in Dreams because...
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