Yesterday, I took my young nieces to see The Devil Wears Prada. The younger of them decided she wanted to see Superman Returns instead, and since I felt her cousin was old enough to be left alone in a theatre but the younger was not, I saw the movie again. Watching it, a few questions for my fellow Dopers sprung to mind: not plot holes as such, but things I wished had been explored in greater length in the movie.
In no particular order:
So what was the thrust of Lois’ Pulitzer-prize winning article, anyway?
I have an inkling what it might have been. Around the time the first movie was released, Elliot S! Maggin wrote a few Superman novels. In one, Lois Lane interviews a sociologist* who has written a book contending Superman is retarding the Earth’s social development. The sociologist asks Lois what she would do if she were trapped in a cave-in a diamond mind in South Africa and no one knew where she was; sheepishly, she admits that she’d wish Superman would hurry up and rescue her, as she has a deadline to meet. The sociologist points out that the whole world things this way because of Superman’s presence; because Superman acts as Daddy to population of Earth, the impetus for social change and growth has been removed. This, it occurs ot me, might have been the point Lois made in her editorial; I’d have liked to have Lex quote from it, either in his first scene on the boat or when he’s haranging the captive Jason & Lois. Anybody else have a better concept?
How did the world react in the first days or weeks of Superman’s absence?
It’s pretty clear that Superman told no one except his mother that he was going. I can easily imagine days of sharply-increased death rates in Metropolis, in particular, because people had gotten used to being reckless because the big blue boy scout was around. But once it sunk it had he had disappeared, then what? Were pretty girls hurling themselves off the Metropolis verision of the World Trade Center in hopes of bring him back? Were there cult leaders exploiting the void his absence left? What?
How did religious leaders react to Superman’s return?
We’ve spoken before about Superman’s Christ-like role in the movie; for me the single most overt moment of that in the movie is when Parker Posey sings “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands” on the day after the shuttle accident. Kitty can’t be the only person who thinks Superman=Jesus. What does the Pope say about this? Billy Graham? Jerry Falwell?
Just a few random thoughts for you to chew on, Teeming Millions.