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Colin.Hekimian    ORIGINAL GONGSTER

Superman Day; Why Superman Will Never Die

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"Superman was never real.  Just the dream of a farmer from Kanas."

Superman was the dream of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, two high school students in Cleveland.  

He made his first appearance on the eve of World War II and became a global icon that embodied heroism.

He was created during a time of political upheaval and unrest as a shining beacon of hope.

Today is Superman Day, a day meant to celebrate the most famous icon ever born from a comic book.  Lately though, I feel like there's been a narrative out there that Superman is too quaint for this generation.

Some people seem to say that Superman isn't cool.  Or that he's a boy scout.  

Or that kids identify more with Deadpool or Harley Quinn than they do Kal-El.

I feel the success of Wonder Woman completely disproves this idea.

Wonder Woman which has been a smash-hit embodies the same values as Superman and proves that people still respond to benevolent heroes devoid of cynicism or sarcasm.

The director of Wonder Woman, Patty Jenkins had an interesting thing to say when somebody said her film was cheesy.


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That statement could word-for-word apply to Superman.  After all, Wonder Woman was largely inspired by Richard Donner's Superman, the grandaddy of all superhero films.

I've also seen a lot of people saying that because of the success of Wonder Woman, that she should replace Superman as the moral center and poster-child for DC.  While I love Wonder Woman as a character, I have to disagree.

Superman should not be replaced.  Each member of the trinity brings something different that is integral to DC's overall tone.  

Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman should be equals.  No one of them should hold priority over the others.

In comparison to the DCEU portrayal of Wonder Woman, Superman has been more gloomy and introspective; pondering about the nature of his power instead of an innate ability to save.

Zack Snyder's films have been criticized because Superman doesn't smile or because his powers seem like a burden to him.  

While I think there is some merit to that idea, Snyder opted for a different take which in itself should be applauded.

Superman Returns was a complete homage to the Donner film and that movie was hated.  

I think a balance can be struck between nostalgic optimism and gloomy realism and I'm hoping Justice League will be the film to strike that balance.

Man of Steel, Batman v. Superman, and Justice League can then be viewed as a trilogy showing Superman's full arc from conflicted hero to proactive hero.

It is in this way that his death in Batman v. Superman is a tremendous opportunity to resurrect him with the ideals we all think of him having.

Superman restored Batman's idealism in BvS.  

I think Justice League will be all about both literally and metaphorically resurrecting Superman that audiences come to expect.

There is a reason that Superman has endured for 80 years and it is not because of his powers.  

People are drawn to his innate goodness and his relationship with humanity.

Superman will always have a place in the world because of what he means to so many people.  

Here's to hoping his return in Justice League is a resurrection in every sense of the word.

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