The First, The Legend, The Man of Steel. Out there to protect us from has since 1933! Yes that is right since 1933! Superman one of the few survivors from Krypton and created in a time of great depression. The world was in turmoil and changing fast. Unemployment rate in the U.S. was around 25%, and in some countries rose as high as 33% and effected poor and rich countries alike. It was during this time Superman was “born”! People needed a hero to look up to, fighting crooked businessmen and politicians, but this is speculation. Funny aspect is that Superman first motion picture, starring the late Christopher Reeve as Clark Kent/Kal El, came to the big screen in the late seventies when we were on the verge of a economic crisis.
The creator himself said that Superman may have been inspired ”due to the death of his father in 1932, a year before Superman was created. “Your father dies in a robbery, and you invent a bulletproof man who becomes the world’s greatest hero” ( theory by Gerard Jones and Brad Meltzer . (source wikipedia).
So here we are 2012 amidst an other world wide economic crisis and here comes Superman! This time the movie is in the capable hands of Zack Snyder, who brought us 300 and Watchmen, and Christopher Nolan who we know has done a very great job on The Dark Knight Trilogy! So What can we expect from this team? If we have a look at the trailer we can see battered Clark Kent, far far away from the ever so happy, clumsy and bright Clark Kent we know from the other Superman movies. Is this Man of Steel struggeling in these hard economic times? So far I do not know what to expect from the Superman except that after having seen The Dark Knight Rises and Watchmen I am really looking foward to see Man of Steel.
Remake? Reboot? Or are we turning to Superman again in this chaotic time because we need a Superman to give us that feeling of safety, that everything will be fine, that there is someone who ‘protects” us?
Man of Steel starring Henry Cavill, Russell Crowe and Amy Adams. In cinemas June 14, 2013