1. Tim says:

    Superman IS, for all intents and purposes, a small g “god”. He is super-powerful, and it takes a lot to kill him. He can do feats no other mortal (short of Captain Marvel, who it looks like will be in a separate continuity) can do. Without his two or so weaknesses correctly exploited, he could not be defeated by anyone.

    The only thing that makes him not a god is that he can’t live forever if not killed. He will die of old age eventually in almost every continuity but one, I think. Unlike the New Gods of Apokalips and New Genesis, or the Greek gods, so on, he will die of old age. Other than that, he and other Kryptonians, as well as the Daxamites of DC Comics who have similar abilities, are gods.

    I don’t mind the debate shown in the movie, but I hope they can do it with happiness and not angst. You can see those kneeling guys with the House of El crest on their shoulders (Superman’s shield symbol). I think in the end it will be that folks should trust him. I just would like it not to be Bats talking so menacingly. That suggests the really dark and edgy crap of the Dark Knight Returns instead of Supes and Bats’ first meeting in the late ’80’s Man of Steel reboot or the New 52 reboot. They still have some issues, but Bats prepared ahead of time and kept the problems at bay.

    The plot sounds good and makes sense, but I just want to have fun too watching this. I don’t want to be there at the end thinking that I enjoyed it but don’t really want to watch it again.

  2. Rich says:

    I always cringe when movies take themselves too seriously.  Deep subjects are best handled with a dialogue; movies are a monologue.  And images can be very emotionally manipulative, bypassing the intellect altogether, and leaving the viewer with a feeling of what is “right” without ever thinking about it at all.  We have to train ourselves to think about what we are watching and to subject it to worldview analysis.  Most people just want to be entertained.

  3. We have to train ourselves to think about what we are watching and to subject it to worldview analysis.  Most people just want to be entertained.

    Or we can train ourselves to have transformed minds so that “worldview analysis” occurs not through detailed catechismic religious breakdown — e.g., the potentially patronizing, “Okay everyone, now that we’ve had our fun, It’s Time to Talk About What We Can Learn.” Instead it would seem a “higher form” of worldview-analysis kung-fu occurs though something akin to muscle memory. It’s like instinct — instinct honed by truth. Yes, we need to do the training. But it’s for the purpose of not constantly needing it.

    Agreed that most people wrongly dismiss stories as “just entertainment.” The solution, however, doesn’t lie in accepting the premise that stories, or particularly image-based stories, should only be seen as shallow or as worthless apart from word-based theme deconstruction.

What say you?