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Superman-Violence vs. Intelligence

Written by Dr. Jacqueline B. Sallade, Community blogger | Jun 28, 2013 5:36 PM

Last night, I saw "Man of Steel," the new Superman movie. I just commented on a review of it. I'm amazed and floored at the desensitization to violence which videogames encourage. Although characters have been smashed, squashed and splattered in cartoons over the years, killing by the millisecond wasn't the norm until the last 2 decades. This movie deteriorated into such a slugfest of bombing, imploding, and devastating life way too much to preserve its redeeming qualities. Is this art? What has happened to taste and finesse, plot and the development of themes? Are kids impressed by winning by slashing and bashing and killing as much as possible? I'm worried. Are you?

To me, real strength of the Superman variety involves intelligence, not brute force, so Superman should have figured out ways of defeating the alien enemy without destroying so much human property and life. Instead of fighting fire with fire, he should have outsmarted them, tricked them, converted them or confused them. That would have been impressive.

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