Much more thorough consideration of The Man of Steel’s diverse philosophical undertones and backgrounds, including more of the Platonic ones. Very much worth the read.
Man of Steel (Snyder, 2013) has a lot in common with Batman Begins (Nolan, 2005). Not only were they both written by David Goyer and Christopher Nolan, and not only do they both tell the origin story of a superhero, culminating in a final scene in which all the hero is finally established in his iconic role, the two films also share important themes. Kal-El (Superman) and Bruce Wane (Batman) are both young men who must find a way to carry on their father’s legacy; they are both men who attempt to create a symbolic persona to inspire others with the hope that good can defeat evil; they are both superheroes whose power comes from an ambiguous source and must make a choice about what kind of hero they will be; and they both face enemies who want to destroy the world to make way for a new utopian civilization.
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