What’s Up With Comic Book Heroes

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This year, revelers at Comic Con international were treated to an advanced teaser of Superman Vs. Batman – The Dawn of Justice. It’s difficult to make much out from the grainy surreptitious recordings, but it appears to show a pretty bad-ass looking superman with demonic red eyes glaring down at a white eyed batman on a bat signal adorned roof top.

Fans were also treated to the official unveiling of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, and from the looks of her revamped Spartan-like costume it stands to reason that the Israeli actress will be adorning adolescent walls for some time to come.

The 2016 release already has a host of stars committed, including Laurence Fishburne as Perry White (editor of the Daily Planet), Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Jeremy Irons as Alfred, and The Social Network’s Jesse Lesenburg as Lex Luther.

What's Up With Comic Book Heroes

I have two gripes with the movie already: One is the title, and it’s demonstrative of a growing trend of films titles sounding like they’ve been translated into English. Superman Vs. Batman is surely a sufficient explanation as to what the film is going to be about. Why must every film these days be followed by ‘the something of something’? Captain America –The Winter Soldier. Forest Gump 2 – A film about the American Zeitgeist seen through the innocent eyes of a loveable simpleton.

Take the new Sin City installment: Sin City – A Dame to Die For. I want to decide whether the dame is, a) worth dying for, and b) whether her narrative thread merits a mention in the film’s title. I just feel as though it’s slightly insulting when you get to a point when you are roughly explaining the entire plot of the film in its title.

My second gripe is about Superman himself. Superman represents the worst kind of super hero. A man bestowed with god-like powers who uses his abilities not for change, but to restore balance to a world that is clearly a steaming pile of dung.

What’s even worse is that Superman’s alter ego, Clark Kent, spends the majority of his time working as a tabloid journalist for the Daily Planet. What Kent represents is the nay-saying staunch conservatism that has held back programs from the Civil Rights Act to MediCare, whereas Bruce Wayne represents the kind of forward thinking liberal that we’re desperately in need of.

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