First we were told that there was a possibility
that Superman was gay (read here).
Next we were told that Superman represented Jesus Christ (read here);
another Aslan by chance? And now we are being told that Superman is a big-time
Since I am going to see Superman
Returns tonight, I might as well have some fun with this one.
Superman Leans Left
According to a very interesting, and humorous, report over at the CarolinaJournal,
Superman is definitely a lefty; if you know what I mean. How did they come
to such a brash conclusion? Well, he is a reporter for one...
Superman, on the other hand, is a liberal, albeit of the 1930s variety.
A newspaper reporter (I could rest my case there), his alter ego Clark Kent
is constantly investigating the business titans of Metropolis and second-guessing
the clueless police department. His nemesis is ultimately revealed to be
the evil Lex Luthor, like Wayne an industrialist and defense contractor.
Another clue to Superman’s implicit politics is that he is just too darn
powerful. The character began life as a strong, fast young man who could
“leap tall buildings with a single bound.” Before long, however, he was
flying around (inexplicably), burning things with his eyes, freezing things
with his breath, and getting pretty close to invulnerable. It seems that
Superman’s powers, like those of the federal government during FDR’s New
Deal, just wouldn’t be kept within rational bounds. Kryptonite, a creation
of the Superman radio show rather than the comic book, was a kind of a cheat;
it gave him an apparent vulnerability, but it was really about as challenging
as Wendell Willkie.
Like another liberal character of the time, the Green Lantern, Superman
began to meddle in the interplanetary politics of his day without ever being
elected by anyone he purported to represent. Still, Clark Kent, particularly
in his earlier days as Superboy in Smallville, Kansas (to be dramatized
this fall in anew television series on the WB), reflects traditional small-town
The article ended just before it began giving evidence
that could give reason to suspect Superman as a conservative. Who would
be a conservative you ask? Bruce Wayne (Batman) of course...
Check out the entire article over at CarolinaJournal.
Maybe we will begin guessing Jack Sparrow's political affiliation next.
Superman Returns will fly into theatres on June
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info and synopsis, go to the Superman
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Stay tuned for updates.