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…
Is the quote meant to be ironic or…
I just feel, and I know this point of view bothers some people, that this is the impression that the Donner movies and some of what came after have left with casual fans about who Superman is and it’s very painful to try and explain to them how wrong they are because there are parts of the actual Superman media that they can cite as evidence. Everyone keeps saying that Man of Steel strayed from or disregarded the comic book canon, but I just feel like that couldn’t be further from the truth. It seems to me that many people are taking a handful of less-than-canon portrayals of Superman and calling that the canon instead of doing their homework and really reading the http://nocticola.tumblr.com/post/90012151206 material. Man of Steel is so faithful that people are on the internet CRITICIZING it for being derivative of the comics. Think about that for a minute…we’re accusing a COMIC BOOK MOVIE of copying its ideas from THE COMIC BOOK. In fact, I think the fact that people can’t seem to agree on why everyone is so hard on this movie is what makes me feel like there’s something insidious under this criticism like people pretending to be experts on something they know nothing about or people just being very uncomfortable with this movie upsetting the expectation they have for Superman to represent a set of archaic values they hold. I’m just waiting for a review that comes right out and calls Lois or Faora or even Martha “too big for her britches” the way so many Doctor Who fans have had a go at Rose Tyler over the years.
Man of Steel is so pitch perfect on addressing the whole identity thing that I just can’t help but feel what a relief and blessing it is that finally, FINALLY there’s a big screen adaptation of Superman that gets it so very right and not a single note out of place.
Whether’s he’s Kal, or Clark, or Superman — it ALL matters. It’s all integral to him, they all contributed to who he is a person. Whether he’s Jor and Lara’s son, survivor of a destroyed world, or the adopted child of Martha and Jonathan Kent, whether he’s a friend of Lois Lane or Chrissy the waitress or Pete Ross — he’s confident and kind and secure in all of his identities, and he never makes any attempt to make one as less important or better than the other.
Jor, Lara & the Kryptonians addresses him as Kal because that’s how he’s known to them, that’s the name Lara & Jor gave to him. He’s Clark to the people who saved him and took him in as their own child. He’s Clark to Lois Lane, even as he speeds away from her to rescue his mother in his Superman suit, or as he coughs up blood on the Kryptonian ship and she calls out the name to keep him awake. He’s Clark to her, and yet she’s the one who codenames him Superman too, in which the soldiers he’s interacting with also readily adopt that name for him. These names are all his, he acknowledges them all and it’s all good with him.
The physical and mental stance you see him taking as he gravely listens to Zod’s broadcast and pulls his mother into his arms, as Clark Kent — is also the same one when he confronts General Swanwick at the military base and reassures him at the same time, as Superman. He’s steadfast and heartfelt and authoritative, and it doesn’t matter whether he’s at the farmhouse or at the military base. There’s definitely going to be a need for certain elements of disguise and concealment, because he still would like to have privacy for his his personal life. But at the heart of it, Clark Kent in Man of Steel is a man who understands that all of his identities as a whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
Clark’s portrayal is so honest and deeply consistent throughout this movie, and for a mythological character whose story is so riddled with the notions of split identities and the prevalent idea that they are in conflict with each other — Man of Steel just breaks away completely from that, and gives us a character who loves and respects every part of himself instead. And that’s a very important message to have on screen.
♔ ”do not question the princess. she left me in charge, and I will not hesitate to protect Arendelle from treason!”