This isn’t a review.
I’m not going to fill this blog with spoilers, verbage on which Superman Movie was better than which, or how this actor’s portrayal was better/worse than that of the current or preceding actor’s. I’m writing this as an ode to the Superman legacy as a whole.
Before going to see ‘Man of Steel’ today, I watched Superman Returns the night before. To say I love that movie is an understatement. It holds a very special place in my heart that brightens whenever I re-watch it. When I first went to the theatre to see it, I was in a very dark place emotionally. I don’t remember the exact reason why, but I recall feeling very alone and uninspired. Creatively, I had been stagnated. Forgoing my hopes of learning how to publish my own comics, I hadn’t written anything in months, and in general I was just in self-imposed creative exile. But on a whim, I forced myself to see Superman Returns. My childhood was filled with watching the original movies with my brother; and I just knew this movie would hit my nostalgia in all the right places. It did more than that though. It sparked something inside of me that burst into flames and wouldn’t stop burning, even until this day. The movie inspired me to go after my dream of writing and publishing comics. I didn’t know what it was…the actors, the story….something just resonated with me. It wasn’t until I saw the movie again yesterday, then watching Man of Steel today that I realized what it was.
The story of Superman is not about a Supreme Boy Scout. He’s not as altruistic as people make him seem. He has doubts and frailties. He get’s angry, feels defeated….never certain if he can do enough, but he does what he is capable of doing at the time. He knows that he can’t save everyone, but he saves as many as he can. And there are times when he needs saving too. Superman has talents that very few if any have, and he uses them in the only way he knows how in order to be contributing member to society. He could use them to harm people, but it isn’t in his nature; like many of us he just wants to do what’s right and what sings true to himself. Superman’s characterization isn’t cut and dry; there are many layers to him, but in the simplest terminology, he just wants to do what he’s good at; and that’s helping people. It took me almost 7 years to realize that that was what I learned from Superman Returns and it was re-enforced by Man of Steel.
We are all here for a purpose. We have talents, worries, cares, and passions. We have a duty to ourselves and to our communities to share our talents and capabilities. And I am taking my own advice. As crazy as this industry is, and as caught up as I get with marketing, reviewing submissions, and exhibiting at events, I can never forget the reason why I am doing all of that. Writing is one of my callings, I can never ignore that. My characters scream for attention in my head all the time. Their voices ring louder than my own sometimes. They refuse to take a back seat to all my other endeavors; and I don’t blame them. I did it once before but I’m never going back that again….ever.
Your Friendly Neighborhood Writer,