Name: Rachel Moir
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April 10, 2012 2:53 pm Great article. I'm a massive Superman fan myself, and these past few years have been especially maddening to me. Action Comics especially just makes me sick to my stomach, because how on earth could DC think that a Superman whose first recourse is violence, who sets himself up as a bogeyman, who is arrogant and taunts the police, is a Superman at all? Sure, Superman was many of those things in his first appearance, but his first appearance happened in a society where Miranda laws didn't exist, a deeply racist and misogynistic society. Superman has grown as an icon and as a myth since then. He evolved from simple defender to symbol of hope. We shouldn't be going backwards. As cynical as the world is, we need our symbols of hope more than ever, to remind us that darkness and misery and cynicism don't equal maturity, that being kind and gentle and loving isn't weak or unmanly. If someone looks at Superman and sees someone boring or outdated or stupid, the problem is with the person looking, not Superman. Writers are too quick to blame their own inability to grasp the narrative worth of a truly good hero for the problems in their writing, especially. It's not the concept that's inadequate; it's your understanding of it. In short: I think that Superman: The Movie got its tagline just a bit wrong. The key to Superman isn't that "You'll believe a man can fly." It's that "You'll believe a man can be good."