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The Idea of Superman.

Well, what he can’t do, it doesn’t matter. It’s the idea of Superman. Someone to believe in, someone to build a few hopes around. Whatever he can do, that’s enough.
– 1993, Lois and Clark, ’Neverending Battle’.

I’ve never been angry from a film before.
I’ve been disappointed, such as Iron Man 2, Amazing Spiderman, but Batman Vs. Jesus broke the back for me.

Essentially for me, it’s an abomination, a waste of two hours and a colossal waste of well known characters a lot of people have grown up with.

I’ve said it in a post from a couple of years ago, but Dean Cain as Superman was the one I grew up with, and then Christopher Reeve.
The music comes alongside Superman. It’s not just the suit, the story. It’s the music that tells you that it is Superman. That guy knows there’s someone in trouble, and it’s time for Superman to appear and save the day.

Instead here, we get some drums that was seemingly lifted out of Father Ted’s midi-keyboard as he’s composing ‘My Lovely Horse’.

The one thing that got me angry, was basing the whole idea of Superman on being a Christ-like figure.
This, is what’s inherently wrong, and just how lazy it is.
If someone is immune and saves people, then of course:

Savour + Immunity + Hope = Jesus!
Prepare the script.

It’s one of the first avenues you can go to with Superman, and I imagine, in the last eighty years, that a lot have. But they’ve avoided the ‘Christ’ angle, but not because of a religious backlash, but because from a story point of view, it’s boring. It’s pointless. Above all, it’s predictable.

For me, the point of Superman was him being an outcast. He knows he’s different, but he just wants to fit in. He wants to be like everybody else, whereas humans want to be anyone but themselves.
It’s the ultimate irony, but that gives people inspiration and hope; that being yourself is the best option you can go with.
Who can relate to this version of Superman if we’re being force-fed the idea that he’s the Second Coming.

Then there’s Lex.

For me, again, there’s no-one better than John Shea who played him in the nineties.
Calculating, cool, and slyly businesslike to justify his real ends.
He sees Superman as a challenge. One to try to corrupt and gain for his own doing.
But he also wants more power.
Here, he clearly has untreated issues that needs medical help. He even says this line partway through the mess:

The capes are coming.”

That quote is in no way haunting, meaningful, or simply, good.
It would have been better if a kid said it, with the John Williams music playing slowly as he notices Superman flying past and you can see him being encouraged.

It was on the blanket we found you in so long ago.”

Even Smallville got it right. Granted, the show had it’s huge faults (Chloe), and ran on for far too long, but it excelled by acknowledging the past and forging it’s own way, ultimately ending with an incredible finale. They excplicitly say, by Lois especially, that he’s a beacon of hope. He’s there to inspire and help others, even many centuries long after he’s gone.

If you ignore the first minute and ten seconds, the incredible part then begins.

That’s how Superman is introduced.
Not with a ship, not suddenly showing the suit, but it’s handmade, and his mum helps him.
He knows, and we know, that there’s something missing, and we’re waiting for them to complete the suit.
Then when he finally takes the glasses off, the music appears, once again, to heighten the moment, and there is Superman. It’s a great moment.

Lex and Superman, they’re opposites.
Instead, we have it reduced to maturity vs immaturity. Not power and intelligence, not a challenge, but just lazy manipulation. Then suddenly some science appears that combines his genes and Zod’s body to create Doomsday, which is a terrible justification in itself.
There could have been a flashback to Krypton, of how a test went horribly wrong, and instead of the Phantom Zone, he was sent to the furthest reaches of space, which turned out to be Earth.
I thought of that in one minute.
There’s a group of writers on this film who mixed in genes, Zod, and Lex Zuckerburg to make Doomsday, and they thought that was the best story.
Having a guy based off Mark Zuckerburg is wrong, and once again, a lazy attempt to relate to today’s world.

It irritates me because they’re all action films. It doesn’t let you think. It forcefeeds you the quickest, laziest thought of what the majority of Facebook thinks, then gets to the terrible ‘action scenes’ with music that was seemingly composed in between editing the scenes.

What I also don’t understand with Man of Steel, Batman vs. Jesus, is that apart from the glasses, I see no other difference between Jesus and Clark Kent.
We don’t see him until the final scene in Man of Steel, so we’re confused as to how he was before he decided to just accept there’s a suit nearby the Oil Rig he was working on.
There’s another quote from Lois and Clark which sums him up:
’”Superman is what I can do. Clark, is who I am.”

You could argue that he has three identities. Clark Kent, Superman, and Kal-El. But you can’t tell the differences in Henry Cavill, and that’s a shame, a waste of the character once again.

It looks like a dark time for DC Films, where you will only be expecting the worst. Justice League is appearing in 2018 in two parts, but I see or read no enthusiasm for it.