It’s Official: Superman Will Face Batman on the Big Screen

Clark Kent and Bruce Wayne Join Forces

Clark Kent and Bruce WayneMay the best man win or awaken to the truth, “teamwork makes the dream work.”  After decades of fighting evil solo, Batman and Superman will finally be teaming up on the big screen. Batman and Superman have a long history of teaming up in the comic book universe. Starting in 1954, D.C. published a comic titled Worlds Finest, which featured the two as best pals who joined forces. At the conclusion of the Warner Bros/Legendary panel at Comic-Con, Man of Steel director Zack Snyder walked onstage. He thanked everyone for supporting Man of Steel and announced, rather nonchalantly: “It’s official: We’re making another Superman movie.”

As usual, people look forward to a couple of films that were adapted from the comics. Last year was the Dark Knight’s run, this year it was none other than the man from Krypton, Kal-El. The current hit, “Man of Steel,” has taken in more than $630 million at the worldwide box office to date, and climbing. Along with its star, Henry Cavill, the upcoming film brings back Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane. The new Batman has yet to be cast. Snyder is co-writing the story with David S. Goyer, who will then pen the screenplay. Production is expected to begin in 2014, with an anticipated release date in summer 2015.

The irony of these men who are known as two of the world’s well known super heroes is that Superman was simply a man named Clark Kent while Batman was really just a man named Bruce Wayne. Superman is among comics’ most recognizable characters, and 75 years after Cleveland teenagers Jerry Siegel and Joe Schuster’s Kryptonian made his debut in the pages of Action Comics No. 1, his popularity remains stratospheric.

Most men can’t begin to count the times they’ve wrapped a towel from their mother’s linen closet around their neck and ran off to simulate flying. Every boy has once dreamed of being faster than a speeding bullet and more powerful than a locomotive. But somewhere between adolescence and high school their once lofty dream took a dive and they decided to approach life from a safer perspective.

There are unspoken rules of conduct that men abide by. See, the worst insult one could give a man is that he’s somehow acting less than what a ‘real’ man should. So they go through great lengths to ensure their manhood is not questioned. In this they often lose sight of transparency or being authentic. Instead they are working overtime to keep up a facade. This behavior is passed down time and time again. But people, whether men or women, can never grow pass what they refuse to confront. Here are a few ‘myths’ men carry as men of steel:

  • Men don’t have feelings, therefore they cannot be hurt: This is a flat out lie. Men have the same feelings as women with a much different expression. Any guy who says a woman has never broken his heart or let him down needs to get his head examined. Men are occupational while women tend to be relational. So men find their identity in what they do, not who they know.
  • Men just don’t like to talk: The truth is, men don’t like to talk at the exact moment women do, but they do talk. They speak about things that affect or inspire them. If a person ever wants to see a guy really get chatty, tap into what he’s passionate about. That’s what matters most to men.
  • Men avoid commitment at all costs: What connects men to their manhood is how well their families are taken care of. Most men have never been more ashamed or disappointed in themselves than when their finances fell too short to take care of their family. That makes them feel less than a man. Often if they have a doubt about their ability to provide, they tend to shy away from that commitment.
  • Men never get depressed: Absolutely they do! The difference is, early in boyhood they were told, big boys don’t cry. They took that mantra to heart. In fact, they added on that big boys don’t share their emotions. Many men take it as a sign of weakness. But anything without a pressure valve to give release will likely explode.

Men have always been fascinated with the story of Superman. Not just because of his incredible acts of heroics, but because the people closest to him never made the connection. Somehow he could come up missing; he could save their lives and spend time with them, while no one ever thought Clark was really Superman. I guess that’s appropriate. Men have lived the truth that it’s the other way around. Superman was really Clark Kent all along.

Superman was the first comic book superhero and the first cross-media sensation. Practically everyone of every generation knows and recognizes the character. “Batman has been more successful in the past couple of decades because he is in some ways more relatable — but also because of the times. Batman speaks to our fears. He’s about revenge and darkness. Superman speaks to our hopes. He’s about transcending our limitations. He’s about using vast power for public good, not private gain” said Rob Salkowitz, author of “Comic-Con and the Business of Pop Culture.” It seems the world can hardly wait to see what will happen; will they join forces or fight for the winning title on the big screen?  The good news is they only have to wait until the summer of 2015; the anticipated release date.



By: Cherese Jackson (Virginia)


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