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Monday, February 22, 2016

Another Post on Superman

Photo Credit: ComingSoon.Net
Over the past week, I've read two absolutely intriguing articles about Superman. The first is entitled: "The Trouble with Superman", and comes from The Atlantic magazine. The article mainly focuses on how writers have misinterpreted the character over the years, and author Esher Albein does his best to describe what he feels the "true" Superman character is. Albein writes a fascinating article, and brings up some very interesting points. I agree with him that Superman is at his best when you return the character to his Siegel and Shuster roots.

For me, the Superman character is the most unique superhero character, not because he is the first, but ultimately because that is who he is. Nothing tragic happens to him. (Yes I know his planet explodes, but he doesn't remember that, since he was a baby when it happened. Additionally he is adopted by the loving Kents, who encourage him to help others.) It's really the story of an individual fulfilling their own potential. By accepting who they are. For me at least, that is a vastly interesting field to tell engaging stories. It's not just a simple revenge narrative.

The second article I read is entitled: Relax, Fans: 'Batman v Superman' Won't Flop, Despite Rumors. Mark Hughes wrote the article for Forbes magazine. In his article, Hughes discusses the rumors that have been running rampant on the online for the past few weeks, and which I slightly addressed in my posting from last week. His article is very in-depth, and focuses on the "fine print" of film making.

I found his article so refreshing. It seems like Man of Steel and now Batman v Superman receive an extra "layer" of criticism from comic book fans, which quite frankly I found unfair. These films are flawed, but find me any film that doesn't have it's own flaws. Just because it has flaws, doesn't necessarily make it a terrible film. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and if you don't enjoy the films that is perfectly within your right. However, at the end of the day, it is your opinion, and your opinion only. Others are allowed to disagree.

I sincerely wish fans would give it a shot, and go in with an open mind. Remember it is the first time we are getting Batman and Superman on the big screen together. This is pretty freakin' cool.And if it's a bad movie, then it's a bad movie.


Matt Maldre said...

I'll check out that second article. But in the meantime, I just like that Superman and Batman are in a movie together. The very fact that it is a movie is good enough for me. I'll enjoy watching any superhero movie. Maybe I'm not a good judge of movies, but I pretty much enjoy all superhero movies. This past week, I averaged out the Rotten Tomato scores for each superhero's set of movies. Fantastic Four came in pretty low, but I couldn't really tell it was that bad--or maybe it's just my memory.

Chi-Town Kid 83 said...

But I love your approach. More people need to take that. Because, it is just a movie at the end of the day. Why not enjoy them. Even if they aren't the "greatest" there will be elements that are enjoyable.