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Waiting For Krypton: Education Post for Media Diversity UK

Lee's depiction of DC Comics' Superman and Batman.

Lee’s depiction of DC Comics’ Superman and Batman. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The opening scenes of the documentary Waiting For Superman depict education reformer/charter school advocate Geoffrey Canada as describing one of the saddest moments in his life. When he learned that Superman was not real, he was distraught because there was, in Canada’s words, “I was crying because there was no one coming with enough power to save us.” From his perspective, DC Comics’ Clark Kent/Superman “just shows up and he saves all the good people,” “even in the depths of the ghetto.” As a fellow comic book fan, I would have to question whether Mr. Canada knows the story of Superman, and the criticism thereof from the likes of one of his allies for justice, Black Lightning (Jefferson Davis, who, in one rendition, just so happens to be a public school principal) , who noted that Superman may be Kryptonian, but he is still white, and avoids the Suicide Slums (the poor side of town where Metropolis is).

I want to lay aside that criticism, and talk about the idea of power, and what it means in eyes of education reformers. As I quoted Mr. Canada above, he was distraught that there was no one with all of the power to save what Geoffrey Canada calls “failure factories,” or schools in predominantly impoverished neighborhoods that primarily feed the community drop-outs and/or felons, and yes these are communities that are of predominantly black and Latin@ American populations. These “failure factories” are what stifle economic growth, deprive corporations of an educated workforce, and communities of stability. From the perspective of philanthropists such as Bill Gates (from the documentary and his history of being active in the Education Reform movement), children receiving education is for the purpose of the workforce, so that multinational corporations can keep up with global competition. In Waiting For Superman, the topic of power is not discussed again until we see education reformer/charter school advocate Michelle Rhee at work, who was given “broad powers” to make sweeping changes. The issue of power is an interesting topic, and to see it discussed explicitly in these two instances are what caught my attention. Where does power come from? Who has it? What does it look like?

For the rest of the essay, please go read Waiting For Krypton: Race, Ableism and Education Reform

My Review of #ManOfSteel #MOS: All 4 Parts

(52) Henry Cavill and the Cavillry13

(52) Henry Cavill and the Cavillry13 (Photo credit: HenryCavillandtheCavillry)

Here are links to all 4 parts of my review to Man Of Steel ; the next time I hope to be able to do a two week event like this is when Guillermo del Toro’s Justice League Dark movie hits theaters. What a concept! A DC Comics fanboy and director with a history of results in charge of a DC Entertainment/Whoa Bros.’ live action film!

MOS REVIEW PART 1: SPOILER FREE

MOS REVIEW PART 2: SPOILERS

MOS REVIEW PART 3: SPOILERS

MOS REVIEW PART 4: hopes for a sequel

 

 

 

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#ManOfSteel #MOS: Final thoughts and my hopes for the sequel

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Now, I would like to conclude my series on Man Of Steel as an event (hopefully the birth of a DC Comics [live action] Cinematic Universe. Man of Steel was a nice start but it only feels like a really really awkward introduction. Perhaps for this first movie, the realism was necessary.The idea that human beings’ lives would forever be changed by the invasion of aliens in someways needed to be shown.

I think to further expand the mythology of DC Comic into a coherent cimematic universe, there needs to be more of an emphasis on the fantastic. While Christopher Nolan has produced a story dealing with magic, THE PRESTIGE, I do not believe the way to introduce a live action Justice League to kids and adults is by having a movie concerned more with a message about how awful the world is. Also, the progress of the Justice League Dark (justice league with magic/supernatural beings), goes against the Nolanesque grain.

These heroes first need to have one figure, cough cough, the Flash, that enjoys what he does. Unlike the Avengers, the Justice League is not a tool for the US military. JLA is bound by their own codes and virtues, and that makes them more susceptible to becoming humanity’s scapegoats.

Next, the MOS needs to take a leap forward and get a comic writer to help with the screenplay. Geoff Johns, Gail Simone, James Robinson please. More dialogue, and perhaps more character development.

Third, to connect with more audiences, there needs to be that childish fantasy fanboy/girl moment. A scene of a kid trying to emulate Lex Luthor or Supergirl. To show what is at stake practically. Also, the DCU could learn from Marvel’s IRONMAN 3. IM3 Passed the bechdel test, and Pepper even saved the day. However Marvel has no one close to a Wonder Woman that has inspired women and men. So thats why its very important for all of these rumors about Supergirl to be sorted out, cuz its really a big deal. Marvel had superpowered women but ummmmm Fantastic 4 and Xmen trilogy failed because the women were weakened in their stories.

Lastly, the MOS sequel aside from Supergirl is expected to have a surprise appearance by another member of the Trinity. Why not all 3 appear? At least a really good Easter egg from the Amazons.