June 30th, 2006


Superman Returns

Dude. It was far from perfect, and I have a few issue with things here and there, but there were so many moments of pure comic book awesomeness squee right there that I can totally reccommend it.

(More on this later.)

Superman Returns review.

General comments:
Overall, I think the first half of the movie is much stronger than the second half. There's a point where it just starts getting weaker and weaker, but the second half has some amazing moments, and I adored the first half. It's not like the movie suddenly goes bad, though, it's just weaker.

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So yeah, I want to see it again on the big screen sometime. Preferably in IMAX.
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I officially declare today, thedeadparrot Blabs A Lot About Superman Day.

I love the odd bits of Superman/Batman parallelism in terms of, well, everything. Even though people (and by people, I mean comic book writers) only seem to be able to compare their origins, as if that's the only moments of true parallelism.

I love the idea that Superman's personas are both inherently true, as I believe that Clark is as much him as Superman is. I love the idea that neither of Batman's personas are true to him, like, at all. Bruce Wayne is, well, Bruce Wayne, idiotic playboy bazillionaire. Batman is sort of this act that he puts on to scare criminals. Yeah, it's more true than Bruce Wayne is, but I still think it's very much an act, while Superman is both badass superhero and dorky reporter (which is why it's such a big deal for him to need Lois to fall in love with Clark as well as Superman, because they're both him, and he needs her to love all of him, not just a part).

I love the fact that both Metropolis and Gotham are New York City, except that Metropolis is utopia!NYC and Gotham is dystopia!NYC. I have this whole thing about cities, as you may or may not have figured out, and the idea that they come from basically the same exact city, except completely different. I love the idea that their cities have shaped them, in some way, or that they've somehow shaped their cities.

I love that Batman is from this planet, yet alienated enough that he has to create a persona to deal with it. I love that Superman is from another planet, yet loves this one enough to live among the people, creating a persona in order to do good in it.

I love that Batman goes underground, creates a cave for himself to watch the goings on in Gotham. I love that Superman goes above the world, likes to watch it from the outer atmosphere (because, uh, there's no sound in space).

I love that Batman chooses to use fear, and that Superman chooses to use hope. That they chose those things, because they believe it's the right thing to do, and I love that sometimes they're right, and sometimes they're wrong.

I love that Batman is so rooted in one place, despite having been around the world. His town is Gotham, and that's where he works, that's where he does business, that's what he loves. I love that Superman is about the entire world, even though he grew up in a small town. He loves the world, he protects all of it, not just Metropolis.

I love that they're big damn heroes (to borrow a phrase from Joss Whedon), that they both wear silly costumes, that and that they're always there to save the day.

P.S. I'm totally this poster to go along with this one. Because they seriously match. I swear.
introspection in weird moments

Those crazy Superman/Christ parallels

(a.k.a. she's at it again)

- If Clark is Jesus, what does that say about the Christian God in Smallville, what with Jor-El being evil and all? I think that would have been an awesome idea to play with, but then again, the writers on Smallville are generally not up to that sort of depth.

- Lois is apparently Mary Magdalene, which kind of makes sense, and kind of really doesn't.

- That shot in SR where Superman flies up to the sun? I love that moment, and I would say it's one of the most religious in the movie, but I'm not quite sure why. Any thoughts?

- Clark really does have this sort of infinite, consuming love for humanity, for Earth, that I think that's the center of him, that's what makes him him. I think that's one of the things that draws the parallels, that absolute love that he's capable of.

- I can't believe I left it out of my pervious post, but I remember someone saying that BB!Bruce's journey was like Buddha's, the human man who renounces his wealth and power to go out in search of enlightenment, and then returns to share this enlightenment with the people. I like the idea of Batman as Buddha (though that's a really funny thought) and SR!Clark as Jesus. Because Superman is all about the power in godliness, and Batman is all about the power in humanity.

ETA: I think clients should add a feature "Do you want to post this to X journal?" before posting things. Because otherwise, it's just really awkward.
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