New Supes and Dr Who

Saw the new trailer for Man of Steel today. Still not sure about it. I like the fact that it’s a complete break from the old films – not even a hint of John Williams – and the whole look is good. I like that Henry Cavill looks quite a bit different from previous incarnations.

It is just that I think they may have missed the point again. Not being nostalgic but no one has yet matched Christopher Reeves. And I have a theory why. They have all looked too young.

This seems to be a tendency in everything lately, as the heroes get younger and younger – but I think it doesn’t really work with Superman. I think the story tellers are missing one of the main appeals of the character. His strength.

I don’t just mean his “super strength” but his other strengths. His steadfastness, his reliability, his standing against injustice. All of which make him a bit old fashioned in modern story telling terms, Even a bit unsympathetic (seems all modern characters must have deep flaws for us to relate to them).

So who does that represent in most of our lives. Someone, strong, reliable a bit old fashioned, slightly distant but always there.

Our fathers! That is why I think Christopher Reeve’s version worked. He had that fatherly quality about him.

I can’t really see that in Henry Cavill – at least not in the brief trailers etc.

Still Superman is the ultimate story of adoption.

I also was looking at Dr Who images today fo the upcoming episode (journey to the centre of the Tardis). Noticed a book in one of the images. The History of the time War!

I was thinking about the fact that they revealed the season Finale will be called The Name of the Doctor, and that Steven Moffat had said he was going to reveal the Doctor’s biggest Secret! So will his name be Derek?

I am sure they won’t reveal his name – there’s none that would be satisfying.

However there is also the myth that the Doctor is more than just a Timelord. And I came across an article about the Matrix – a Timelord artefact’s that stores all the experiences of all the timelords in it as well as all their knowledge.

What if the Doctor were really a personification of the Matrix? He said once that he and the Master were practically the same person. That could explain it.

We’ll see.

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Scott Andrew Bailey

Scott Bailey is a freelance writer, author and blogger. His works include the dystopian novel “Mankind Limited”, Thirteen Tales – a collection of Ghost Stories and “A Spring of Dreams” collection of poetry. His blogging ranges across family articles, poetry and short stories and even the odd book or movie review.

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