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somehow i missed this link when putting together my superthoughts yesterday. i enjoyed both posts at bigthink, and the timing of the two dads comment. you’ve certainly thought more about the movie by now than i have. it’s too bad no one has picked up on it in the threads. perhaps one of the many ‘issues’ with the film is that it underplays all the things a super-man would owe to his mother? maybe his supermanliness is a problem of its own. we’ll know more as we see the clark kent side developed in the sequels. at any rate, it’s probably a helpful exaggeration given all of the father problems you point to. but perhaps we’ve focused too much on the dads. after all, the women also play their part in kal-el’s education. would clark have had any mission-driven life without the support and evident neediness of the women in his life? both moms, and lois lane, have their own parts to play here, and zod’s soldier woman provides an interesting foil. there’s not much nurture in her, and in the few scenes where we see her in action, she seems very comfortable working with technology, using the robots to pummel superman and so on. it will be interesting to see how far the writers go in allowing the complementarity of lois and clark/kal-el to manifest itself in the sequels. but here at least we can say that they — lois and kal-el — forge the bond that ties kal-el to earth, and helps him to find an uneasy place in the community.
Thanks–and especially on the women. Lois and Zod’s no. 2 are both warriors.
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