So it came as a very, very, pleasant surprise when this new movie was not just good, not just great, but positively excellent. It's not enough that they kept to the original music and mythos, or that they picked an excellent cast, or that it had an excellent script, or that it had excellent directing. All these things certainly made this movie great, because otherwise...well, it would've sucked. It's how they take this one ideal, this one hero that many have grown to love and worship almost, and gave him his great return to our world. In the movie, there was talk of how the world didn't need Superman, and yet, at one point with Lois Lane, Superman says that he is still needed, because the world still has a long way to go.
That's what hit me most about this movie, the fact that Superman left, but returned because he still had a place in this world, because people still needed him. And that's when I finally learned why Superman has such a huge presence, ever since he got his own comics. People love Superman because they all wish that we could have a hero like him, someone to come save the day when things get tough, someone guide humanity with the dilemnas we still have, someone to always just be there in the nick of time. And yet, this hero, this guy who's not a bird, not a plane, still has his weaknesses like all of us, and is still capable of being hurt physically, but most of all his heart.
Don't most of us wish for someone who'll "always be around"? Especially those of us who've been left behind by someone we care about? I know that's something I want. When I think about Superman like that, I actually feel a little bad for making fun of him.
Superman is our ideal hero. He is the hero we wish we had, but more than that, he is the hero we all wish we could be.
On a final note, Kevin Spacey as Lex Luthor was positively amazing. He creeped me out. Do you guys have any idea how hard it is to creep me out? And the guy goes and does it.