The Man of Steel is a product of his enviornment
Zack Snyder and Henry Cavill have done their best and graced the silver screen with the latest and most energetic retelling of Superman’s origin story to date. What I liked best about Snyder’s version was Clark Kent’s struggle to become human, and the ways in which Kal-El was able to become the man he would become.
Now let me be honest and say it up front, while I liked the movie and find Cavill to be a GREAT Superman, the movie seemed a little long at times and I simply did not want to see anymore buildings fall down during the movie’s climatic battle scene. But still, I left the movie satisfied and fulfilled knowing that we were all once again safe and sound because the kid in me truly believed that there was a new Superman watching over everyone living on planet Earth.
But it was those parts when Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent would talk to Clark about the differences between good and evil, the ways in which his powers made him special and how Clark had a great responsibility to become the right kind of man who could do the right thing for humanity. In this way, like Mr. Kent; Crowe’s portrayal of Jor-El (Kryptonian father to Kal-EL), was in many ways a mirror image of Superman’s Earthly and very moral father. Both saw the importance of morality and how it was needed to be yielded responsibly in the hands of such great power.
Everything in Clark’s life, from his earliest days on Krypton to his formative years on Earth, have molded and shaped him into the image of both Jor-El and Jonathan Kent in all the ways that matter. And in the truly important ways, perhaps the most formative moment for Earth’s mightiest hero, was Clark watching helplessly as his adoptive Father, Jonathan Kent was killed in front of his eyes. Having the power to save him, yet being unable to lift a mighty finger for fear of revealing who he truly was to the world.
Like so many heroes, it is great loss that imbues a hero with those qualities that ultimately allow them to use their powers for good, rather than for evil and personal gain. If not for these great influences on a young Clark Kent, as well as the guilt of not being able to save his Father, Superman might never have been able to become Earth’s greatest hero!
Written By: Tye Bourdony
Tye Bourdony is a Sci Fi cartoonist and creator of ‘The Lighter Side of Sci-Fi’, a mediator, science fiction reporter and the U.S. based content editor for Sci Fi Pulse. He is also a graduate of the Barry University School of Law, SUNY Purchase and H.S. of Music & Art. Tye currently works in Florida’s 9th Circuit as the Staff Family Mediator, is currently the Public Information Officer for the Osceola County Bar Association and has a regular self-published column in Sci Fi Magazine. You can visit Tye on facebook and at www.thelightersideofscifi.com or send him your thoughts and story/article ideas to TBourdony@scifipulse.net.