I’m in-love, I’m in-love, I’m in-love, I’m in-love, I’m in-love with a wonderful guy!

6 more days till the man of my dreams returns to the big screen. I watched the original on dvd the other day, and will be watching the other three this weekend just to get ready for the new one next week. One of my favorite scenes in the original is the scene where Lois is interviewing Superman, and the ever-so skeptical Lois laughed at Superman’s reasons for being here (you know, to fight for truth, justice and the American way). And Superman, offended, firmly and sincerely said, “Lois. I never lie.”

I damn near choked on my tears, so sad it made me to think that there are no Supermans of our world.

An essential characteristic of the superhero mythology is, there’s the superhero, and there’s the alter ego. Batman is actually Bruce Wayne, Spider-Man is actually Peter Parker. When he wakes up in the morning, he’s Peter Parker. He has to put on a costume to become Spider-Man. And it is in that characteristic that Superman stands alone. Superman did not become Superman, Superman was born Superman. When Superman wakes up in the morning, he’s Superman. His alter ego is Clark Kent. His outfit with the big red “S”, that’s the blanket he was wrapped in as a baby when the Kents found him. Those are his clothes. What Kent wears, the glasses, the business suit, that’s the costume. That’s the costume Superman wears to blend in with us. Clark Kent is how Superman views us. And what are the characteristics of Clark Kent? He’s weak, he’s unsure of himself… he’s a coward. Clark Kent is Superman’s critique on the whole human race.*

*Brownie points to the person who can tell me where this came from. No Googling allowed.

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~ by Binibining Beth on June 22, 2006.

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