Tuesday, November 25, 2008

DC Superman Notes

Lex Luthor reprograms Amazo to not only counter and replicate superpowers, but the intricacies of the human mind. Lex's new role as philosopher/psychologist/sociologist allows him the opportunity to serve his fellow man.
Seemingly he tries to help by uncreating supervillains by granting them fulfillment with the risk of personal injury to themselves or others. Every villain is given exactly what they want.
And so, undoes the concept of superheroes by creating a utopia where every individual takes personal responsibility and even Lex, having started the plan with sinister intentions, is converted. Superman smiles, "About time Lex."
Inspiring the pinacle of mankind towards the betterment of his people.

Raw power, contantly held in check, under control, contained within one man. He hammers down the rough spots allowing the heights of humanity to be reached by those with mankind's best interests at heart.

Action Comics.
First punch thrown by a superhero, ripples through time, til today, dramatic dynamics displayed to process some raw angst. What is the psychological reasons behind wanting to be a superhero?

Missing father figure. Search for identity. Wanting to stand out, yet be accepted. To be praised for higher ideals and held in awe for our strength or skill. Given some matter of gift to tackle some larger concept that plagues us.

Superman. Alien. Vs. Lex Luthor. Man.
Science as utopia. Are superpowers worth losing your entire civilization?
Science as dystopia. Mad with power, greed for more, the lure of knowing more. Control.
Individual power physically vs Individual power of thought.
Masculine. Feminine. Egg ship, egg head.
Superman the internal, Lex the external.

The true joy of damage and battle. Smashing and lashing out. Release. The feeling behind every thrown punch. The joy of even receiving the punch. The status quo maintained. Both sides conflict with each other to evolve themselves. One must up the ante.

Superman's annoyance at Lex's persistance.

Both spent, Lex and Clark in the rubble.

Superpowers as infantile desires.

Man of Steel.
Everyone's so grateful despite the destruction. But something catches his ear. Someone yelling about him destroying his car. Supes fishes it out of the river, where he had tossed it at Lex, and brings it to his driveway to help him restore it. They talk about the man's life. Supes relates, but mostly just listened.

Superpowers as tools of creation.

Man of Tomorrow.
Superman realizes that what he should be doing is reaching out to people. So he schedules his day accordingly, so he knows when he's have to help stem the flow of lava at this volcano on Thurs, between 1-2pm. And that a certain experimental substance is being transported out of Metropolis tomorrow morning. He literally plans his day out one day earlier so he has enough time to sit and talk with people one on one.

Superpowers as social interest/self fulfillment.

Last Son of Krypton.
Having spoken with millions of people over a few years, Superman becomes weary, and needs to vacation. His journey winds him up at the site where Krypton stood. Here he muses over the dilemma of feeling human and thinking kryptonian. Of the rawness of humanity, the cold clinical detachment of Kryptonian. Superman's weakness is seeing others hurt. Empathy. Krypton as direct but not cold, calculated interpersonal relationships.

Superpowers as god.

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