superman do u believe ?

December 7, 2006 10:56am CST
How Superman saves the world? [ 2 Jul, 2006 0930hrs ISTIANS ] RSS Feeds| SMS NEWS to 8888 for latest updates PUNE: Superman's spectacular return to celluloid this summer capitalises on mankind's secret desire for larger than life heroes and their world-saving antics. One of the most popular and enduring forms of art, comic books have the power to zoom their central characters right off their pages on to the silver screen. Last year there were the due instalments from Batman and Spiderman. Superman merely clinches the climax to a global audience's yearning to escape into a fantasy world manned by people of superhuman strength. But what is the secret behind a comic book hero's enduring appeal? On one level, comic book heroes are just good men featuring in action stories. But look deeper and Batman becomes a metaphor for adults working out childhood traumas, Superman is an immigrant symbol, Spiderman represents a typical adolescent turning into a responsible man and the X-Men series reflects the civil rights movements of the 60's. The superheroes' appeal follows the creators' use of folklore and cultural motifs. The creators may create new historical contexts, heroes and villains but they also depend heavily on folklore structures to develop their narratives. Some of the common traits of the superheroes are that they are introspective, concerned and even obsessed with exploring their identity and have to redeem their own past. Another overarching theme is the battle with evil and this has been a huge topic throughout. Batman, who was born around 1939, has been the most prominent of all superheroes holding a timeless appeal for teenage boys. Sherlock Holmes to a large extent solved crimes before they happened, but comic books focus on crimes that have already happened and the concept of apt revenge. The action is not thought out or premeditated. Just like all things American, the action is a pure response to a 'barbarous' act. Symbolism from folklore has been so intelligently packaged that it does not interfere with the fantasy element for even the most avid fan. Comic books create a comfortable space for the reader to explore vexing or tormenting issues. Heroes become alter egos playing out the audience's deeper most desires, single-handedly fighting evil forces and nature's fury. Superhero archetypes are there to connect reality to myth, the real world to the mythical world, and in the process to clarify issues of general and human concern.
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@kataztrophy (1838)
• United States
7 Dec 06
I have never been a fan of DC comics, or the Supernan character(aside from the first few movies and cartoons). I think it would be interesting to see Superman written in the style of a Marvel Comics character. Give fans a chance to see the character deal with personal and moral issues(something like Marvel's Civil War saga), because everything is not black/white or good verses evil.