Even Superman and his costume can’t escape the edgy clutches of the Hollywood remake. Man of Steel, the reboot of the iconic Superman franchise, will make you forget the lousy Brandon Routh-starring (Brandon who? Exactly) Superman Returns ever even saw theater time on this planet.
Though a lot of the movie has that all too familiar let’s-get-gritty-on-this-revamp vibe by enlisting the dark and brooding talents of blockbuster-Viagra Christopher Nolan (he made a modest series called The Dark Knight Trilogy), the man in the red cape soars to fantastic–and often melodramatic– heights, providing an origin story fueled by over-the-top action sequences and modest storytelling.
There’s a lot to learn from Superman, who himself had to adapt to the human world with his heightened senses and uncanny ability to be a bone-crushin’ godsend. As the movie depicts, it wasn’t all sunshine and happy days for everyone’s most earnest alien. Despite super strength and heat-generating eyeballs, he had it hard too.
The things above, you might know already. But if you haven't watched the movie yet, we'd suggest to watch it first before reading the lessons we list below. In other words: yes, there are spoilers below.
BURDEN AT BIRTH
Each and every one of us has an innate and inherent purpose, even if our pesky parents are responsible for putting it there. In the film’s beginning sequence, the collapse of planet Krypton and the mutiny of its military, General Zod (Michael Shannon) force Jor-El (Russel Crowe) and his wife Lara to ship their baby Kal-El–a soon-to-be Clark Kent a.k.a. Superman (Henry Cavill)–to planet Earth carrying a codex.
The codex is an artifact with the genetic code (and future) of a yet-to-be-realized Krypton, in the hopes that one day, a repopulation could be in order.
The kid hasn’t even started walking and talking, and already the fate of his forgotten world is on his chore list. And when Zod and his platoon of extra-muscular hench-babes escape their black hole prison, Clark comes face-to-face with his father’s murderer and the meaning of his existence. Heavy stuff, huh? So stop complaining about busted iPhones, the traffic, and the dodgy weather. You have it easy, earthling.
FOCUS IS A BITCH WHEN YOU’VE GOT SUPERPOWERS
Having to sit through history class with bionic ears and x-ray vision can be quite traumatic. Just ask Clark Kent. Treated like a weirdo who can’t get a grip on life, the young boy struggles with his hypersensitive skills, each human heartbeat and mundane noise amplified to the nines. It’s a good thing his adoptive mother, Martha Kent (Diane Lane) has got some therapy-approved methods of inducing focus; we don’t think regular Ritalin or Valium could handle Clark’s super-cells.
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