man of steel positivity

Comparison

MCU

Ironman
The Incredible Hulk
Ironman 2
Thor
Captain America
The Avengers

=5 movies to team up if you count retconned hulk movie

DCEU

Man of Steel
Batman v Superman
Suicide Squad
Wonder Woman
Justice League

=4 movies to team up

Where’s the rush?

anonymous asked:

Can u talk to me about man of steel bc i just saw it for the first time and i loved it but a friend i value the opinion of v much said it was bad bc clark killed zod and destroyed metropolis and so on and now im :(

Man of Steel is an origin story in the best sense of the word because it doesn’t let Superman emerge fully formed as a public, assured figure by the end of the movie. It’s a purely character-driven story that throws an inexperienced, fearful young man with superpowers into the toughest fight of his life, against powerful, trained warriors who have the same powers he does. It strikes the bittersweet chord that defines Superman stories–the knowledge that even someone who is an absolute good, who only wants to help others, will not always be equipped to do so, especially in a cynical world that may not buy that his mission is a good one. But what defines this Superman is that he is the man who tries, in spite of all odds, and this movie is about him claiming that identity, which is an empowering move for him even when he can barely keep up with Zod.

What I love most about Man of Steel is that Clark spends so long resenting his powers, feeling confused and frightened and trying to live a normal, quiet life, helping people in the shadows, moving on the second he does something outside the normal bounds, but then he finds the courage to come out of hiding. He’s still trying to understand his powers, push their limits, figure out how to fight. Fight for peace, fight for his home, fight for Lois and Martha. He’s just a boy from Kansas, but he realizes that he’s more than that, and thus has the responsibility to stand up for Earth when it’s threatened. 

And that makes the Zod fight so interesting–because on the one hand, Clark gives his all to protect Earth, deliberately choosing to save the lives of one human family over Zod, his last connection to his history and his people, but on the other hand, his powers aren’t refined, and there’s a lot of collateral damage while he’s trying to stop Zod from destroying the entire Earth. It’s understandable from where he’s at in his character arc, and it’s heartbreaking to see Clark try his hardest and still not quite know what to do. The destruction of Metropolis is not Clark’s fault, but it’s not not his fault, and the movie showcases the fallout on a human level. The damage leads us directly in Batman v. Superman, which questions Clark’s role in the damage and whether his interference in human affairs can ever be justified. 

The first time I saw Man of Steel, I was surprised that they went directly into Kryptonian lore, that Zod was the first enemy Clark faced. It felt like something we usually see superhero franchises build up to; you start off small, you give your heroes victories and confidence, and then you ramp up the stakes each time. But by starting with Zod, the characters in the DC universe all get to see and understand–on a visceral level–the full extent of Clark’s abilities and all the awe and fear they inspire. Clark’s next villain isn’t someone bent on world destruction, but someone who wants Clark to continue questioning his values, which is a bigger yet more intimate arc, an internal dilemma that continues Clark’s fear and uncertainty that we see in MoS. I love love love how quiet and careful Clark is in these films, someone we can see deliberating his every move, weighing the risks. Basically nothing about the Superman mythos is taken for granted–Clark is sweet, but he’s not naturally open or confident; Clark is powerful, but he’s not naturally skilled in combat or comfortable fighting anyone head-on; Clark wants to help, but he slowly (especially over BVS) starts to wonder if he should, not just because of Lex’s manipulation, but because good people raise those questions, and Clark values them enough to do some soul-searching about what it means to be Superman. 

Everything introduced in Man of Steel has an impact on the characters on a psychological level. That moment after Clark kills Zod, he’s horrified, and he immediately looks to Lois for emotional support, because even if he knows he had no other choice, even if he knows he probably saved a life, it still hurts him immensely. He needs Lois to help him through it. The weight of his decisions are so evident and so much a part of the narrative, and that’s so rewarding to see. It feels fresher than the way a lot of superhero films handle it, where we basically build up the conflict of the hero not wanting to kill and then finding a way out of it at the last minute, or constantly worrying over their significant other and not wanting to be with them, or not wanting to be a superhero anymore but feeling called out of complacency. There’s just a formula these things usually use, but MOS and BVS just … do it. They let the heroes make decisions and the decisions have an effect on them and on the world. Nothing returns to the status quo at the end of the movie. The heroes don’t get to rest easy knowing they’ll win, or knowing they can start fresh. They just get to fight through it. I love that, I treasure it. It makes every victory feel so earned and so real and genuine and it makes me cry.

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.

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.

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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.

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?!