man of steel positivity

It’s totally cool if the destruction of Metropolis in Man of Steel makes you uncomfortable, I would challenge you to ask yourself why it makes you uncomfortable, but if that scale of destruction makes you uncomfortable that’s cool. However, if you are pissed about the destruction of Metropolis and don’t have similar criticisms for Pacific Rim, 2012, Titanic, The Day After Tomorrow, Godzilla, The Avengers, Independence Day, or The Edge of Tomorrow you are straight up hypocritical. You don’t get to choose which huge cinema death tolls you find acceptable, and you don’t get to decide that your comfort level exists only when the victims of that violence are invisible and nameless. It is a hard truth that people suffer the onset and fall out of natural disasters, it is a hard truth that people suffer at the hands of governments who add up civilian bodies like points on a scoreboard, it is a hard truth that many of you reading this have a lifestyle that is supported by an attempted or successful genocide, and it is a hard truth that the American government is currently remote-terrorizing citizens in the Middle East with a program you fund with your tax dollars. 

All of this should make you very, very, uncomfortable. I’m proud of this movie for not flinching away from truth, for showing the victims of terror, war, and genocide; for depicting an invasion in its true colors. My movie violence isn’t cool or aesthetically pleasing or exciting, it is terrible and it always involves cost.  If you’re uncomfortable with large-scale scene of violence and destruction, I respect that, I have a very hard time with seeing certain types of violence depicted on screen and instead of condemning that violence I elect to avoid such films, but if your interest is in seeing the violence and destruction itself separated from cost, recognize that that is a privilege and has nothing to do with the quality of Man of Steel or your apparent “moral objection” to it.

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I let my father die because I trusted him. Because he was convinced that I had to wait, that the world was not ready.What do you think?

This scene is so heart breaking. I know this scene gets criticized a lot. But personally I think it was one of the most emotional scenes in the movie and visually it’s so beautiful. Great acting by Costner, Lane, and Cavill.

Damsel in Distress, but had an Appellate court overturn an injunction so she could report on an anomalous object in the Canadian arctic

Damsel in Distress, but climbed an icy rock formation with no climbing gear to follow a stranger into a mountain and incidentally co-discovered a functional spaceship

Damsel in Distress, but successfully retraced the footsteps of her alien rescuer to his literal doorstep following clues and stories of him rescuing people going all the way back to his hometown

Damsel in Distress, but after hearing everything her alien rescuers adoptive parents sacrificed to keep him safe, had not only the journalistic integrity, but the human compassion to kill the story, risking not only her job but her reputation as a Pulitzer winning reporter because protecting not only a strangers identity, but subsequently the people he will later be able to save, was more important

Damsel in Distress, but was arrested by the FBI for treason, a capital punishment in the United States, and still refused to give up Clark Kent’s identity to the feds

Damsel in Distress, but volunteered to be abducted by aliens in order to avoid any potential intergalactic conflict

Damsel in Distress, but was trusted with the literal key to humanity’s salvation, used that key which then allowed for Clark to regain his strength and escape Jax-Ur’s further experimentation (ahem, rescuing Clark), and also allowed for the Artificial Intelligence representation of Clark’s biological father to equip her with the essential information that later saved the entire planet and guide her through a ray-gun battle with genetically engineered, military trained Kryptonian soldiers, and escape the Black Zero.  (Note: the only reason she needed to be rescued by Clark was because during that ray-gun battle, Car-Vex damaged the escape pod Lois was inside as it was launching)

Damsel in Distress, but delivered the way to stop the Kryptonians to Clark and the U.S. military, boarded the C-17 in a military flight suit instead of staying on the ground because she was the one Clark trusted with the command key, and co-saved the world alongside Colonel Hardy, Emil Hamilton, the soldiers, and Superman

Damsel in Distress, but upon witnessing Clark’s lowest point, rescued him emotionally

Damsel in Distress, but inspired Clark to pursue journalism so that he can continue to save people (which he did a lot of throughout the movie, ahem) without having to change his identity every few months

I’m sorry if your definition of “strong female character” is limited to having the ability to kick someone in the face.  I’m sorry if you think having to be caught falling from aircrafts as a result of being in the middle of the action instead of on the sidelines qualifies someone as a Damsel in Distress.  I’m sorry if you think it is ok for the soldiers who also fell from aircrafts while screaming was ok but because a woman does it that makes her a weak character.  I’m sorry if the woman in question was wearing lipstick and heels because she was on her way to work when she was suddenly pursued by the Feds.  Never mind that throughout the rest of the film she was wearing perfectly “appropriate” attire, i.e. a snowsuit on Ellesmere island, comfortable clothing while tracking down “Joe”, jeans and a button down at Jonathan’s grave, a flight suit while on the C-17.  Mostly I’m sorry that everything that Lois did in the movie was completely ignored because of some people’s very narrow view of “feminist interpretation” and “strong female character”.  I really don’t care if you hate Man of Steel, because I know that’s the popular thing to do, but don’t fucking lie about what actually happened on screen to justify your hate.

What really makes Man of Steel into a true Superman movie?

This smile.

Why?

Well firstly this is the real Clark’s smile. Not just “Clark Kent” but really truly Clark. Here it’s like the sun coming out from behind the clouds- one moment he’s obscured and the next moment he gives that dazzling, ovary-exploding smile.

And the most special thing about this exact smile is that it’s in line with all the other Superman movies made.

Why?

Because

every Superman movie ends

with a smile from Superman. (Yes I know Superman Returns was retconned but still)

AND!

This Clark is different than the other Clark in the original movies- instead of flying over Earth where the original Clark feels he belongs, Man of Steel’s Clark is down on Earth in the Daily Planet office with Lois where he feels most at home.

So to all the people who dislike Man of Steel- at its heart it is truly a Superman movie, but just with less “feel-good” stuff in it. But this scene is a “feel-good” scene. This is a true Superman scene.

I can’t wait for Batman vs. Superman.

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Clark Kent + done with your shit

Let’s have a conversation about how Clark consistently disobeyed his parents wrt keeping his powers a secret. His sense of duty is so deeply ingrained that when he saved the kids on the school bus, it wasn’t even his first time doing something like that because Mrs. Ross said so and Jonathan said they’d had this talk before about Clark exposing his powers to others. It’s so deeply ingrained that 17 year old Clark even considered joining the military (and THAT’S what the Kent’s were arguing about before the tornado). So ingrained that even after all that HE STILL COULD NOT STOP as an adult and had to constantly move and change jobs because, Mary and Joseph, the man just cares more about human lives than keeping his powers secret. SO MUCH SO THAT HE GAVE HIMSELF UP TO ZOD on the OFF CHANCE that MAYBE Zod would keep his word even though Clark didn’t truly believe he would but it was better than leaving the humans to fend for themselves. CAN WE JUST TALK ABOUT CLARK BEING ABSOLUTELY PRECIOUS?!

Superman DID save people in Man of Steel

To all the Man of Steel haters who say that Superman didn’t save anyone in the movie, lets look at all the instances in which he did. 

1. Superman saves the oil rig and coast guard crew 

2. Young Clark saves the bus full of kids

3. Clark saves the girl at the bar from being harassed by that douchebag 

4. Clark saving Lois from the armed robot in the scout ship

5. Clark saving Lois from falling in the escape pod

6. Superman saving the soldier from falling from the helicopter

7. Superman saving Colonel Hardy from Faora

8. Superman destroying the world engine and SAVING THE HUMAN RACE

9. Superman saving Lois/Dr. Hamilton and the rest of the flight crew from Zod

10. Superman catching Lois as she fell from the plane

11. Superman saving the family from Zod’s heat vision

So there you go. Now you can’t sit there and say that Superman didn’t save anyone. Because that’s a load of bullshit and you have to be blind not to see it