A Smallville Man

To me, there’s no more important moment in any Superman comic than this one:

superman

Why? Because Superman is the alter ego. He’s just the public expression of the real hero, Clark Kent. A man who wants to be a part of the world and do good in it.

You can take all the aliens and crises and super villains and stuff them in a sack. I want to see stories like the one in the video below: Superman saving regular people from the real world. Because to me, Superman is not a physical character; he’s an emotional one. He’s an expression of our need to find the courage to stand up FOR other people. Superman stands for the best aspirations of humanity: compassion, caring, and optimism. It’s hard to tell a story with him because people think it’s all about the shit he can smash, how fast he can fly, and what you can bounce off his shiny emblem. Really, the heart of the character is about how deeply he cares. He cares. That’s his real superpower. Those are the stories I want to see.

Check out the motivation behind Mauricio Abril‘s short film HERE.

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~ by poǝןɔɐɯ uǝʞɔɐɹq on 16/01/2015.

3 Responses to “A Smallville Man”

  1. Reblogged this on W. D. Prescott and commented:
    To explain why I think Superman is possibly the greatest hero would take even longer than a blog post, but this short film and Bracken’s comments are a good start at the core of it.

  2. I gotta ask, what are your thoughts on the famous Superman monologue from Kill Bill Pt. 2?

  3. “If one of the unarguable criteria for literary greatness is recognition, consider this: In all of the history of literature, there are only five fictional creations known to every man, woman, and child on the planet. The urchin in Irkutsk may never have heard of Hamlet, the peon in Pernambuco may not know who Raskolnikov is; the widow in Jakarta may stare blankly at the mention of Don Quixote or Micawber or Jay Gatsby. But every man, woman, and child on the planet knows Mickey Mouse, Sherlock Holmes, Tarzan, Robin Hood… and Superman.

    He is more than the fanciful daydream of two Cleveland schoolboys. He is the 20th-century archetype of mankind at its finest. He is courage and humanity, steadfastness and decency, responsibility and ethic. He is our universal longing for perfection, for wisdom and power used in the service of the human race.

    Of all the literary creations of American fiction, Superman, after all these years, born of a ‘dispensable, disreputable’ genre, is the only one that seems certain to get Posterity’s nod. And that is because, simply put, he is our highest aspirations in human form.”

    –Harlan Ellison

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