Warning: Lost blog post ahead.
There have been a lot of movie remakes lately, especially the ones with Peter Parker in it and the fairy-tales of Walt Disney. I vividly recall Kristen Stewart in ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’. Oh my God, please, no. Her acting was stiff and wooden in the Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series as Bella Swan, with only one expression all throughout the movies. Now they have another remake, this time in the form of Earth’s favourite superheroes as Bruce Wayne aka Batman (played by Ben Affleck), the guardian of Gotham City and Clark Kent aka Superman (played by Henry Cavill), the last son of Krypton. The movie ‘Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice‘ is due to be released next year, 2016, exact month unknown. Are you guys excited yet?
Before I move on to my reasons for Superman, let me give you a short and brief introduction of how these two superheroes came into existence:
Batman was born when a young Bruce Wayne lost both his parents to a tragic robbery-cum-murder incident that took place after a family outing to the cinema. The identity of the mugger was never determined, and Bruce was then taken into care and custody by a Dr. Leslie Thompkins and an Alfred Pennyworth (the latter became Bruce’s closest confidante, advisor, and butler). Upon reaching his teenaged years, Bruce Wayne embarked on a journey to hone his skills after taking a vow to avenge his parents’ death and revenge on criminals who get away with the crimes they commit. With subjects like criminology, forensics and criminal psychology under his belt, as well as man-hunting and martial art skills, Bruce was able to arm himself well and transformed himself into a vigilante superhero, thus, becoming the man to protect the city of Gotham and bring criminals to justice.
Superman is the sole survivor of the planet Krypton. Born as Kal-El, he was attached to a life matrix and placed inside an experimental vessel to be removed from the Kryptonian Gestation Chambers after his father, Jor-El, discovered that a nuclear chain reaction inside Krypton was about to detonate and shatter the entire world. The vessel was launched into hyperspace towards Earth just before Krypton exploded. As a result, by the time he was born, he had already landed on Earth where a couple living on a farm in Smallville, Kansas, found him inside the vessel and brought him up as their own. The baby, then, had no obvious super powers and since he appeared entirely human, the couple Jonathan and Martha Kent, saw no reason to reject him. He was raised as Clark Kent. However, as Clark grew older, his Kryptonian body began developing his superhuman abilities, and the Kents decided to bring him to the field where his vessel still lay hidden, explaining to the boy how he and his wife had found him and adopted him as their own.
My reasons for liking Superman are based on the comic facts of his life. What I like most about Clark Kent is that when he’s not playing a red-caped superhero, he is actually working as a freelance reporter for the Daily Planet. Which makes him more independent than Batman. Also, because Clark has foster parents, he was able to learn and be guided, with traditional moral values being instilled in him by them. Clark did not create Superman to become a vigilante superhero. He doesn’t go around beating up thugs for justice. He was born a superhero. I’m all for bringing bad guys to justice but not in the Dark Knight’s method. Superman only uses his powers to help people and prevent or thwart disasters. Not for stalking thugs and bullies in darkness. Reminds me a bit of Spiderman.
As an idealist, Superman is devoted to promoting “truth, justice, and the American way,” and has proven over and over that he is a true hero, capable of whatever bravery and self-sacrifice is necessary to right a wrong or save a life. This reminds me of Captain America. Somehow, they both happen to fight evil the same American way. And yes, I like Captain America too. Hmmm… there seems to be a growing trend here, LOL.
Superman shares the same optical ability as Scott Summers aka Cyclops of X-Men, except that his power is called ‘heat vision’ and uses solar power, while Cyclops’ power is called ‘optic blast’ and uses energy. You can guess from that statement alone that Cyclops is my favourite character in X-Men. Also, Christoper Reeve (deceased, September 25, 1952 – October 10, 2004) was, and Dean Cain, Brandon Routh, Tom Welling, and Henry Cavill are all my favourite Superman actors! What more can I say? If I could, I’d love to be the next wife of Clark Kent, after Lois Lane.
I love his super powers though. His Kryptonian cells act as living solar batteries, that absorb solar energy to give him superhuman powers. His tremendous strength has never been measured, but all I know is that his body is virtually indestructible. His sharp senses enable him to hear sounds that are too faint for the normal human ear to detect. His telescopic vision enables him to focus on distant objects beyond the range of normal human sight. His microscopic vision allows him to observe an object in microscopic and minute detail. His x-ray vision enables him to see clearly through solid objects. Certain dense materials, however, obstruct this ability, especially lead. He can generate heat within objects which manifests itself as a red glow within his eyes, and is known as “heat vision.”
He can do a lot of things at superhuman speeds far greater than that of sound. He defies gravity and can fly through force of will. His irradiated cells generate a force field that extends for a fraction of an inch around his body, rendering any material within the field nearly indestructible, such as his skin tight costume. But superheroes also have their weaknesses. Superman is vulnerable to the radiation of Kryptonite, a substance from his native planet, which can kill him within minutes. He is also vulnerable to magic, and to psionic powers of some beings. He must fill his lungs with air before entering outer space, allowing him to survive without breathing for several hours, but ulitmately he must replenish his oxygen supply to remain alive.
Here’s the million-dollar question and the most heavily-debated topic of the comic-world century — whose team are you on? Remember when Twilight came out and everyone fawned over the series? Radio stations happily chirped on Team Edward (vampires) or Team Edward (werewolves). Now they have two new teams to be obsessed about. What about you? Whose team would you like to be on?