Sunday, June 25, 2006

O Superman, Where Are You Now?

The countdown to the Man of Steel's return to being the Man of the Silver Screen continues. We have our tickets for a Wednesday night showing of SUPERMAN RETURNS at the Bridge Cinemas Imax screen.

Meanwhile, the LA Times gets into the act with another Superman-themed piece on the op-ed page. This one is from sometime comics writer Gerard Jones, who places Superman and the upcoming movie into historical context; notes that the 1978 movie was tonic for a war-and-scandal-weary America; and wonders if the new film will fill the same need.

My prediction is that the movie will make a wad of money, but less than Pixar's CARS, which we saw and enjoyed last night.

As Jones's piece accurately states, Superman was originally far less of a Boy Scout in personality. The early Superman was -- like many children of Jewish immigrants (or in this case, a grandchild) -- tough, angry, and very, very liberal. This more pugnacious Superman protected unions by battling labor goons, opposed crooked politicians, picked up a South American state torturer like a football and tossed him into the horizon, and waged a violent campaign against sellers of defective automobiles. He eventually became more Superman Red State than Superman Blue State.

The Web version of the article omits the cartoon that accompanied the piece: Superman standing in a city street phone booth, looking forlonly at the passersby, who chat on their cellphones and ignore him.

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