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New Escapist Column! On “Zack Snyder’s Justice League” and Superman as an Inspiration…

I published a new In the Frame piece at The Escapist this evening. With the release of Zack Snyder’s Justice League last week, it seemed like a good opportunity to dig into the movie’s portrayal of Superman.

Snyder’s portrayal of Superman has always been controversial among more hardcore fans of the character, particularly in Man of Steel and Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. There are those who claim that Snyder misunderstands the Man of Steel, and that his films fail to grasp the most compelling aspect of his character. Instead, Zack Snyder’s Justice League offers a fascinating and rounded view of the superhero, one not defined by nostalgia for past iterations – but instead by hope for the generations inspired by him.

You can read the piece here, or click the picture below.

4 Responses

  1. I stopped reading after one too many attacks on nostalgia.

    • Just to point out, for centuries after the word was first coined by Johannes Hofer, “nostalgia” was considered a symptom of mental illness, used in diagnosing what we’d consider to be PTSD today.

      I find it strange that we’ve unquestioningly embraced it as a society today, in spheres cultural, social and political. I suspect maybe it speaks to an underlying malaise. This decade has certainly been traumatic.

  2. Also, I find it ironic that you criticised the joss whedon cut for apparently pandering to nostalgia with superman’s red and blue suit when his suit in the zach snyder cut harkened back to a famous event in a past comic (I.e. when he came back from the dead), something that fans liked. If you ask me, THAT was appealing to fans nostalgia.

    • Put a picture of Christopher Reeve in the blue and red with John Williams music playing in front of a fan. Also put a picture of Henry Cavill in the black and silver costume with Hans Zimmer music in front of a fan. Ask them which one “looks like” or “reminds them of” of Superman.

      It’s hard to feed into nostalgia for an image that an overwhelming majority of the audience have never seen before.

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