Protect and Defend

Welcome to my blog, Protect and Defend. You don’t have to understand me. You only have to agree with me. I can live with losing the good fight, but I can not live with not fighting that good fight at all. - Publius

Friday, June 30, 2006

Superman Returns

Can you believe this, in the Superman movie posters for the new movie Superman Returns, only some of the posters show Superman and an American flag with the quote, “Truth, Justice and the American Way.” And to make it worse, in post 9-11 America, Superman does not fight against Osama or Muslim Terrorists, but instead against a white-criminal-genius in Lex Luthor.
Listening to the Bill O’Reilly program today with Michael Smerconish sitting in for Bill, I listened as caller after caller made mention of how Christopher Reeve would be rolling over in his grave if he knew that in 2006, Superman was not taking on the real bad guys in Muslim Terrorists or that he would still work for a newspaper like the Daily Planet in Metropolis that was so obviously patterned after the treasonous New York Times. And to top it off Lois Lane is a single mother and Superman is trying to break up her family and take her away from her baby’s father.

To those on the Right who are so concerned about this movie and the damage and distortion it does to Superman, I can only say one thing…BFD!

I think Superman is just another illegal alien, and this time a real alien, who hides “in the shadows” and was adopted and became a US citizen using false documentation to keep his identity secret from the government. I will stick with Captain America, a blonde-haired, blue-eyed, superhero who fought the Nazis and used performance enhancing drugs to become an American Hero.


Blogger quakerdave said...

Michael Smerconish: Yet anothor moonbat gift to America from the City of Brotherly (in the platonic sense only) Love.

He's such a gas bag.

Sat Jul 01, 02:19:00 PM  
Blogger quakerdave said...

Spiderman. Always and forever.

Simply the best.

Sat Jul 01, 02:19:00 PM  
Blogger PJ said...

Like your blog and thanks for reading mine. I'm linking to you. Take care and keep to the Right.

Sat Jul 01, 03:44:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

So the next Spiderman has Venom, Sandman, and the Green Goblin II. Looks like they are pulling out all the stops on this last one.

Sat Jul 01, 05:32:00 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

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Sat Jul 01, 06:14:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

Sarah, how can you not be for “Truth, Justice and the American Way.” This was the ACLU Superman……

I think the same way, it was a movie, and I doubt a good one at that, you can’t beat Brando and Hackman, so why try?

Sat Jul 01, 06:19:00 PM  
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Sat Jul 01, 08:58:00 PM  
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Sat Jul 01, 09:01:00 PM  
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Sat Jul 01, 09:19:00 PM  
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Sat Jul 01, 09:21:00 PM  
Blogger Alec said...

Of course the Right hates this film. It was directed by Bryan Singer (gay and Jewish, so probably the Antichrist), it has Kevin Spacey as Lex (American Beauty + evil capitalist=Antichrist). Lois is a single mother (and had premarital sex with, well, you have to see the movie to figure it out), and Superman is portrayed as something of a global savior (which, be honest, he would be...or a fascist overlord).

Btw, the film is clearly an homage to the first two Superman films, and simply assumes that the events of the latter films did not happen (which, since they were awful, is a GOOD THING). Brando does appear, in a fashion, in this movie, using clips removed from the second film.

This is by far the best superhero film made in recent memory, and I am very partial to both Spiderman films (before Superman Returns, my favorites) and X-Men 2. Spiderman is, btw, still the best superhero in the business: an underdog, self-sacrificing, a proponent of REAL family values, etc.

And Captain America, at least in the comics, is not exactly a pro-government patriot. In the most recent crossover story, he's opposed to a law forcing masked crusaders to reveal their secret identities (Spidey would be on the other side, which is an interesting twist). Plus, the Captain America movie sucked.

Good lord, given their reaction to this film, I can only imagine what they had to say about the last X-Men film (mutant terrorists, a "cure" that is clearly a stand-in for ex-gay therapy and a misguided, disapproving capitalist father as the one who makes the mutant war necessary).

If people want propoganda, they can go see The Passion or the latest Michael Moore movie.

Sat Jul 01, 09:49:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

Ok, perhaps I was not very clear on this.

Sarah you missed “I think the same way, it was a movie,” and then I added “and I doubt a good one at that, you can’t beat Brando and Hackman, so why try?”

As far as I am concerned it is only a movie. If I want politics I will watch the news or read the paper, if I want to be entertained I will watch a movie. But, that being said, I still think the first Superman was great, and I love movies with Gene Hackman, and although I really only like Brando when he plays a mobster, he was still cool in the first Superman too.

That was sort of my attempt at a “Colbert Conservative.” I don’t see this movie as much of an issue either, but I am quite surprised how you pulled the claws out and really went after me on this: “you are quite laughable at this point,” and “It's been fun, but your blog is at that point of irrational fear and crazy "patriotism" that has taken over the Right these days.” And why would I point out any spelling mistakes? I type out everything in Word first because I am a really bad speller myself.

Sat Jul 01, 11:45:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

Alec, I didn’t know the director was gay or Jewish, and that really doesn’t mean much to me either way, does it to you? I like Kevin Spacey, especially in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, and eghast he was G-A-Y in that movie too. And hasn’t Superman always been sort of the worldwide protector? So is there really anything new there?

And are you saying you didn’t like Richard Pryor in the Superman movies? I bet I know why…

I kind of liked the more recent Batman movie, Morgan Freeman and Liam Neeson, what’s not to like there? And it mush better explained how Batman became Batman, although I could have done without the Scarecrow thing, but seeing the big bad mob boss as one of the naked guys from the Full Monty was cool.

And Alec, it seems you missed my point on Captain America being Aryan and using super-steroids to become Captain America.

And I never saw the last X-Men movie because I usually hate going to the movies and it is not out on HBO yet. But, one again are you seeing the “cure” as something similar to a cure for being gay, or was that what it was for?

Sat Jul 01, 11:54:00 PM  
Blogger Alec said...

Publius, my comment was not to offend (did it?). Rather, I was just participating. I think the movie was GREAT. And I am by no means a huge Bryan Singer fan; when I guessed the ending to The Usual Suspects, which was trite, I was about to give up on him...until I realized that he was behind Apt Pupil and X-Men, which saved him from mediocrity, in my estimation.

The movie is *not* new, it is a surprise because of its respect for the first two Superman films. I will ignore your race-baiting Pryor reference, because the man is a stand-up superstar. But no, his participation in Superman was horrible, as was that awful movie about the toy.

As for Midnight in the Garden of Evil...well, I liked it. I do not think Spacey was really "gay" in that movie, he seemed to identify as hetero-flexible. Whatever, that is hollywood (and, to be fair, the South). But Spacey did not make that movie, Eastwood and Cusack did. I actually think that Spacey is overrated as an actor, but who am I to judge?

Obviously, your comments about Captain America were tongue in cheek (specifically, the note about performance enhancing drugs). Still, I think it is fair to point out that he is NOT a good all-American hero. Spidey and Supes win that contest hands down.

As for X-Men...I do not thinking I was reading much into it. The parallels are pretty obvious (the coming out scene in X2 was, well, obvious to the point of being bad). I mean, their powers do not manifest until they become teenagers, they're rejected by their families and they have to deal with a world that hates them and simply wants them to "change." The original plan was to compare the mutant struggle to the racial civil rights struggle, but the gay analogy is obviously more on point. As Mystique said in the second film, she doesn't "pass" because mutants "shouldn't have to." And honestly, no one is running around trying to cure racial, ethnic or religious minorities these days...we seem to be the only real target.

But this debate is kind of silly...see the movie. It is very good. If not, well, your loss.

Sun Jul 02, 12:43:00 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

I've dropped my points, and I apologize for my irrational behavior.

Sun Jul 02, 05:03:00 AM  
Blogger Publius said...

Sarah, you don’t have to delete your comments, I am a big boy and I can take it; I would rather you keep them up because they did express how you feel. Never be afraid to express your opinion, at least on here, I would rather people discuss and talk about how they feel then be concerned with how it might make others feel. I don’t even delete comments with profanity, although I think that when people use profanity it only shows a lack of creativity and understanding of a topic.

Sun Jul 02, 09:04:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

Alec, you are now my enemy. How dare you talk bad about Usual Suspects, that is still one of the best surprise movie endings of all time in my estimation right up there with 6th Sense. He was in a Barbershop Quartet.

And come on you know you wanted to say something about Pryor. Did you know he was originally supposed to play the black Sherriff in Blazing Saddles but the studio did not think he was a big enough star.

And Spacey was definitely gay in Midnight, he said so himself and that even though he knew his mother knew, he did not want her to hear him say it too.

Spidey never fought the Nazis, and Captain America was “built” for the specific purpose of fighting Nazis, so that makes him the better American Hero; I got the comic books so I can show you.

And I will see Superman Returns, but not till it hits HBO or DVD, because I just hate sitting in a movie theatre because people talk in there, you can’t pause the movie and I am going to have trouble sitting though 2 and a half hours without getting up to go pee.

Sun Jul 02, 09:11:00 PM  

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