So, in preparation for Superman comming out next week, I rented Superman 1, 2, and 4 (would have gotten 3 instead of that crapfest 4, but Netflix says it's not available anytime soon), and watched the first one last night.
I haven't seen the movie since I was a little kid, probably less than 10 years old, so it was like seeing an almost new movie to me. The only scene I remembered was the one where Superman laid down across the broken rail and the train ran over him, heh.
So anyway, I kept expecting Jor-El to say "I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse" to the lead Kryptonite guy. Silly Marlon Brando.
Then when he sent Baby Kal-El off to Earth, I couldn't help but think "OMG, SUPERMAN IS MOSES!".
THEN, later on in the film, when Jor-El is in a flashback, he says "They only lack the light to show the way. For this reason above all, their capacity for good, I have sent them you... my only son."
HOLY CRAP! SUPERMAN IS JESUS!
Does that mean... Marlon Brando is God?!! YIPES!
It was a pretty good movie, the effects are badly aged, but honestly it didn't bother me at all. The one scene that really bugged me though, was when Luthor figured out that Krypton is lethal to superman. It made no sense whatsoever. He just came to the conclusion out of nowhere.
"To us, they are just meteorites. Fair enough. But the level of specific radioactivity is so high, to anyone from the planet Krypton, this substance is lethal!"
What the hell? That was pretty much the only part of the movie that really bothered me.
I've never really been a huge fan of Superman. I'm not sure why, I've just never liked him that much. Pretty much the only reason I'm going to watch the new movie next week is because I'm a huge Kevin Spacey fan and he looks like he'll be giving a dynamite performance.
But I've been trying to figure out why I just don't like Superman that much. I think part of it is the uniform; it just looks stupid. The colors clash badly, and come on... who wears tights anymore?
But it goes deeper than that, I think. Superman is, I think, the most noble superhero. He does things for the good of mankind, and not out of personal wants or needs. For example, he's the only SH I can see rescuing a girls cat out of a tree. Batman? Nah, he wouldn't get involved in that. Wolverine? Hah, he'd probably scare the girl and tell her to get lost.
But superman has this air of nobility, and doesn't really struggle with any internal demons, besides whether to tell Lois his identity or not. I guess that just makes his character less dimensioned than the other flawed superheros.
Another thing that's always bugged me, but I've finally put to rest, is the fact that no one can figure out that Clark is Superman. It seems so obvious, right? But I guess this can be explained by the fact that Superman hides in absurdity (yes, absurdity, not obscurity). The idea that this wussy guy who came straight out of the 1940's could be The Man of Steel, is rather absurd. And all the people who could put it together immediately discard the idea because of its sheer absurdity. *shrug*
Also, does anyone know where Smallville is supposed to be geographically? Metropolis is obviously an alternate NYC, but the reason I ask is because in the movie, they showed Superman outrunning a Sante Fe Super Chief (one of the best trains ever made!) in Smallville, and the Super Chief only ran from Chicago to LA, and not anywhere near NYC. I had always just assumed that Smallville was a rural area somewhere on the outskirts of Metropolis.
Dun dundun dun duuunnnnn, dun dun dun...
(I played that song in band in high school for a concert once. Good times.)