Can Man Of Steel Convert A Superman Skeptic?

By Katey Rich and Kristy Puchko 2013-06-12 13:20:49discussion comments
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KATEY: I don't think his level-headedness means there's not that remorse, or pain, or anything else. There's a spoilery moment near the very end of Man of Steel where I think we see that quite clearly.

But let's talk more specifically about Man of Steel. A lot of people are really, really passionate about this movie-- but it apparently did nothing to further you convince you this guy is a hero worth following.

KRISTY: I was hoping it would. I like superhero stories. My husband reads comics, and I pick his up here and there. But Superman always just seemed to lifeless to me. And Man of Steel did nothing to change that for me. I like a hero who I can relate to. Someone whose arrogant like Iron Man, or deeply hates bullies like Captain America, or feels the need to prove he's more than a nerd like Spider-Man. But Superman is just destined to be a hero and so he is. He's so stiff! I just don't get the appeal.

KATEY: I think I've got a thing about heroes who have a destiny, who try to fight it, but who wind up doing it anyway. And I like that Man of Steel allowed us to see a lot of Clark's tough childhood, and really feel what it's like to be a kid and know you have all these powers and not be able to use them. And when it came time for him to wear the suit, they had struck this nice balance of giving him a bit of that square-jawed bravado when he's just Clark Kent, and then watching him puff up a bit when wearing the big S suit. 

KRISTY: But based on the trailers I thought we'd progress through Clark growing up, not be jerked around from past to present in slapdash flashbacks. Kid Clark was interesting, but we get so little time with him. It's mostly grown and stern Henry Cavill, who is handsome but doesn't radiate charm like Marvel's movie stars.

KATEY: I liked Cavill a lot, and not only because of his big shirtless rescue sequence. I thought he bore the weight of what we saw little kid Clark go through, which is not an easy thing to do. I agree that I would pretty much watch an entire movie about kid Clark learning lessons from Kevin Costner, but that balance of the back story worked for me. That is, until the action really kicked in around the middle of the movie and all the character stuff kind of vanished entirely-- but that's another debate.

One last question for you. You're a firm Superman skeptic, you're clearly entitled to your opinion-- but is Superman enough of a big American icon that you feel obligated to see his movies anyway? Like, I care pretty much not at all about Star Wars, but it's unthinkable that I wouldn't go see a new Star Wars movie-- it's just part of the deal. is Superman the same for you?

KRISTY: Yes. That's part of the reason I was most frustrated after seeing this movie last night, because a sequel is in the works and then there's Justice League's movie, and it's just going to keep coming. It's not one movie that wasn't my bag, it's the first in a string of new ones. Again, this is why I was hoping Man of Steel would win me over and give me that insight into Clark/Kal-El that would allow me to cheer and be stoked along with just about everyone else. It's no fun being the outsider....Did we just have a breakthrough?

But all kidding aside, I would like to like Superman. I'm hoping I just haven't found my entrypoint yet.

KATEY: This is the point where we call on the comic expert readers to give you some starting points, and where I acknowledge that while the New Adventures of Lois and Clark was great to get me into Superman when I was a child, it probably doesn't hold up.
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