This is a fountain that used to spout wine. Hence, the wooden statue guy is supposed to be drunk. Wanna know what I think? I think he froze to death. Yep. It’s so, so, so, so, so COLD.
Hampton Court, Part Deux. :)
Bri is in Britain!
I think it goes without saying that this is one not to be missed.
Now that’s what I’m talking about.
As one of the few people I know who still cherishes Superman over Batman in the DC universe, I’ve had a hard time of late conveying my reasoning to hordes of recent fans who judge all super heroes on the Nolan-Batman scale. Sure, the older Superman movies and even Superman Returns lacked the gritty hardness of the Batman reboots, but that’s because Superman was never a particularly dark character. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the Dark Knight movies and the fresh direction in which Nolan took the character, but it is ultimately a direction best used for Batman. Batman covers his face, comes out at night, and fights from the shadows. Supes doesn’t wear a mask (although he rocks a curl), has no qualms about showing up during the lunch hour, and generally faces his opponent down (yes, I know Batman’s lack of invincibility makes this impractical).
Yes, Zack Snyder’s take on the character is darker, but not so much on the grit level as the emotional. That’s the main misconception of the Dark Knight. People see those films and think, “wow, that was gritty, I loved it.” But what they don’t realize is what they loved was the way Nolan took an absurd premise with a larger than life character and framed it within a real emotional context. Everyone can relate to grief and anger, and when that’s used as a tool for the formation of one of their favorite heroes, it hits home. Suddenly, the man dressed as a Bat is relatable on a previously unheard of level. The grittiness of the films stems from that continued realism.
With Superman it gets more complicated. He isn’t a man dressed up in a suit, he’s an alien in a suit dressed up as a man. Kal-El is essentially a god amongst men. He can fly, shoot lasers, see through walls, is invincible, the list goes on. How in the hell do you make that relatable? From the look of the trailer, and from what I’ve read about the story so far, Snyder and David S. Goyer nailed it on the head. Clark grows up different from everyone he knows. Yes, his abilities and true parentage may be a secret to everyone else, but he sure as hell knows he’s an outsider. Now who here has ever felt, at some point during their lives, that they were an outcast, or were too different to be a part of society? Exactly. There you have, despite the fact he’s an alien, a very relatable emotional hook for Clark’s character. Clark’s navigation of these emotions and his eventual evolution into Superman form the centerpiece of the new film. Sure it doesn’t look as dark and gloomy or as gritty as the Dark Knight films were, but that’s just not who Superman is. Frankly, I think the movie looks awesome. From this first look it’s exactly what I’d hope for from a new Superman movie. All the pieces are there, even Perry White running from some destruction!
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go watch the trailer again.
Oh, hey Tumblr, what’s up?
Man, I guess Lincoln was a Socialist warmonger as well…