Day 9: Your favourite cartoon/anime character
All-time favourite comicbook character: Superman. Anyone who makes the argument that Superman is “boring”, “shallow”, or “too powerful” to be an interesting superhero truly doesn’t understand the character at all. As the ultimate immigrant with no obligation to use his abilities for the good of humanity, Superman is pretty much the gold standard in heroism and the responsibility-to-power ratio. His greatest strength and weakness are not the yellow sun and Kryptonite, but both lie in the humanity he constantly chooses into. Many look at Clark Kent as the secret identity but Clark Kent is the costume while Superman is the character’s truest identity. There’s no way another superhero comes close. And for the record: screw the New 52 version of the costume; red briefs for life.
Clark Kent with the glasses in public in Metropolis is the costume, but that doesn’t make “Clark” any less his “true” identity than Superman does. When Clark is at home with Lois, his parents, or anyone that knows both of his personas is the “truest” identity. Neither Clark, Kal, or Superman is any more real than the others. They are all equal and valid in making him who he is: the Kryptonian, the superhero, the man raised in Kansas.
Bolding for emphasis. Yes, this is how my brain works too when it comes to discussing the character. Clark Kent, Kal-El, Superman — they’re all parts of an integrated whole. They’re all facets of the same core personality — formed and developed through his understanding of where he comes from, his upbringing, as well as the myriad of his life experiences, worldviews and relationships.
Compartmentalizing them and trying to make declare an identity “truer” than the other(s) is making him reductive and less interesting, in my opinion.
And a big shout-out to Man of Steel for handling this so deftly and perfectly — I literally find no flaws whatsoever on how they’ve chosen to address Clark’s identity issues in that movie.
Batman vs Superman’s Amy Adams arrives in Detroit ahead of production
Lois Lane rendezvouses with the superheroes
Batman vs Superman is moving towards the “go!” Thanks to one of our fans, Juan M., it is learned Amy Adams, who is returning as Lois Lane for Man of Steel 2, has arrived in Detroit, Michigan as production readies to start. A lucky young man, and his family, shared a commercial flight with Amy into Detroit Monday night…
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GLORY GLORY HALLELUJAH!
Hans Zimmer returning to score for Batman vs Superman
Hans Zimmer reunites with Man of Steel Director
In a new interview with Digital Spy, the news has finally come concerning if Hans Zimmer will be composing for Batman vs Superman. And he is! Following Man of Steel‘s opening the announcement for the next movie, Hans had expressed questions on if he’d be back and the challenge for scoring a movie with a new Batman, considering he had scored for Chris Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy.
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*sigh of relief*
I think this is the moment where I fell in love a little with Jor-El, because of the way he tells Clark his birth name, so kindly and warmly. Because Clark has been needing to hear that for such a long time, and this moment feels like a sort of homecoming, done in such a subtle, gentle manner.
I just can’t get over Clark/Kal’s face when he hears his birth name for the first time. And this is after the scene where Jonathan tells Clark that somewhere out there he had another father who gave him another name, so to finally hear it, to finally know where he came from…this is why his Kryptonian side is just as important as his human upbringing. Adopting a child from another culture comes with that child needing to understand a side of them that, bless them, their adoptive parents will not be able to explain or sympathize with. And Clark doesn’t love the Kents any less for it, but it is something he has needed his entire life, and now he understands, he knows, and he can reconcile that part of himself and become a whole person.
BatmanvsSuperman Update: Test Shots or the Start of Principal Photography?
Larry Fong is the Director of Photography for Batman vs. Superman. He posted this picture to Twitter this afternoon.— Larry Fong (@larryfong)April 15, 2014
This is more evidence that things are under on the Man of Steel sequel. We aren’t quite sure what we are seeing. But the person pictured definitely looks Bruce Wayne(ish).
Larry was also the DP on Now You See Me that starred Jesse Eisenberg Jesse Eisenberg. You can tell from his Twitter account that he is a fan of magic and illusions. So is this picture a case of hiding in plain sight or just a tease?
We will find out. Updates are starting to roll in on a daily basis. As always, as we get info we will pass it on.
I find myself grinning stupidly every time I watch this bit. Because I still cannot believe how could I miss that Joe is actually Clark the very first time I watched the movie. And then again when he and Lois passed each other at the cabin.
This is such an understated first meeting of a great love story. Usually, dramatic rescues or newsroom shenanigans are involved. :) But how extremely fitting too. Lois is simply there to do her job, and to kick some ass. So yeah, she’s all professional as she thanks this stranger for his help and just tells him to be careful with her things, they’re heavy. (I want to give a medal to whoever wrote that in the script.)
As for Clark, he is such a good person, all he wants is to help people, and he’s just so quiet and matter-of-factly about it. But the most wonderful thing everyone remembers him anyway, even as he drifts in and out of their lives. Because actions speak louder than words, and Clark Kent is the best possible manifestation of that principle.
It’s high time Henry Cavill deserves a win for Best Hero after numerous snubs against him and everything Man of Steel-related in general. I have never been so proud of my hero. The definitive Superman of this generation. Christopher Reeve must be smiling from above now.
now there’s a superhero.
reblogging this old post of mine in light of henry’s win as best hero at the 2014 mtv movie awards.
i love this photo :)