|This is as evolved as Superman gets.|
‘Man of steel’ wasn’t what I expected of a Nolan-produced film. The action, while perhaps more comic book-y than previous Superman films, gets monotonous within the first half hour. Would Superman charge into buildings like that and put innocent people’s lives at risk? I kinda doubt he used his X-ray vision to ensure no one was going to be hit by him flying into walls at faster than a speeding bullet.
And the style was of typical contemporary action flicks, with all the clichéd poses and overdrama which will be ridiculed by future generations, just as we laugh at the stupidities of the silent era. I think the only consistently good actor was Amy Adams.
So ‘Man of steel’ wasn’t a classic, but entertaining enough.
Krypton is collectivism realized
Krypton, after succumbing to collectivism and dictation of lives by the state, implodes. It is then hoped that Earth resists platitudes of ‘for the greater good,’ and that individuals recognize in each other the freedom to become whom they want, thus making for an actual ‘greater good.’
Superman isn’t so super, evolutionarily speaking
But why is Superman supposed to be a symbol of hope? Because he’s so much physically stronger? Or that he uses his powers not to enslave humanity?
Either way, mere physical superiority is not in evolution’s recipe. A more advanced race is not about flying or strength or eye beams, but of developed minds, from which greater, further-reaching, longer-term oriented morals come about. In this light, Superman is no more ‘super’ than anybody else.
As humanity progresses, physical dominance is replaced by decentralized power, and cooperation. What we lose in strength and ‘self-sufficiency,’ we gain exponentially through the division of labor and accumulation of mental, among other forms of, capital.
We could no longer be islands, if we could ever have been at all, and to engage in the alternative to freedom, of asserting advantage via arms and or majorities, as indicated by vertical power structures (e.g. the state), ultimately makes for unsustainable consumption and poverty.
That was forced
Was the last scene an anti-drone message? Or is it being implied that freedom from drones only applies to superhumans whom the government has no choice anyway but to "trust"? In any case, it felt rather trying-hard to insert such a contemporary issue.