Thursday, July 28, 2011

Superman Reinvented Himself; Congresspeople Probably Will Stay The Same

Grant Morrison talks about the motivation for his changes to the Superman mythos.
For the first chapter, I went back to Action Comics #1 — I've always seen it nostalgically. But when I read it again, I thought about how it must have seemed in 1938. Nothing like it had ever been done before, even the narrative and the types of editing were so advanced that they had no idea what was happening. It was like MTV with the fast cut. That completely rewired me as to what Superman was all about. In the original, he's this brash young champion of the oppressed.
He doesn't care about the law, he's all about justice. If the law gets in his way, then he'll break the law quite happily. That really informed what we're doing now. The hero that worked in the Depression was the champion of the poor, and that could work again in our current context. I was bringing him back to those roots, a Superman who can be hurt, who can be messed up, who can bleed. He struggles to do what he does, but at the same time, he's not a figure of the law, he's not a patriot or a dad figure. It's taking him back to the idea of just having superpowers and a t-shirt and jeans.
Between now and August 2, I expect some Congressperson to take to the floor to denounce Morrison for turning Superman into a Marxist.  After all only a Marxist would be "a brash young champion of the oppressed" or a champion of the poor."  In this "current context," Congress doesn't seem to want to do anything else, so they might as well revive the Kefauver comic book hearings.

On second thought, some congresspeople may be too busy.  ThinkProgress reports,
Speaking on conservative radio host Laura Ingraham’s show this morning, Boehner agreed that failing to raise the limit before the deadline would be devastating, and said the “chaos” plan won’t work when asked by Ingraham what’s motivating the recalcitrant Republicans:
BOEHNER: Well, first they want more. And my goodness, I want more too. And secondly, a lot of them believe that if we get past August the second and we have enough chaos, we could force the Senate and the White House to accept a balanced budget amendment. I’m not sure that that — I don’t think that that strategy works. Because I think the closer we get to August the second, frankly, the less leverage we have vis a vis our colleagues in the Senate and the White House.[emphasis in original]
Boehner should remind the members of his caucus that they're neither poor nor oppressed, so Superman won't come save them.  The worst part of this situation is that Superman is fictional, so no one is going to save the rest of us from their stupidity.

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