SR Geek Picks: Pa Kent Is A Jerk, If Disney Villains Won, Tony Stark Rap & More

Published 2 years ago by , Updated March 3rd, 2014 at 6:55 pm,

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  1. #fatjedi – I love it!

    • “Listen, we’re not casting Jek Porkins’ son.” I did a spit take watching that. Great stuff.

  2. The flaw is not that Johnathan ever felt that way at all but that since they killed him off you didn’t get to see his point of view evolve. Besides when that “maybe” line comes out he very visibly winces. It’s clear that he doesn’t actually mean that but he also doesn’t want his sons abilities to be outed. He’s a parent that is between a rock and a hard place in that particular moment just grabbing for something to convince his son not to reveal himself (or at least be more careful about using his abilities.)

    I went into the movie thinking it was going to be depressing but what I found instead was that there was a very human story to contrast how inhuman Krypton had become and it is the tragedy of Krypton that follows Superman to Earth and has it’s final breath. It’s part 1 of a greater story and what happened to Krypton kick-starts it all. People forget that while Superman is the king of superheroes he is also a science fiction character.

    • Thank you for an excellent response.

    • I’m certain that was what they were aiming for but, I’m sorry, it’s impossible to say ‘maybe’ Clark should’ve let a bus full of schoolkids die, solely to protect his secret, without coming off as a total prick, no matter how you play it. He could’ve just told Clark ‘Of course not, but perhaps you could be more subtle’ or something along those lines and it would’ve been fine. But even mildly suggesting that Jonathan valued Clark’s secret over the lives of all those of children is a huge mistake and removes a lot of the sympathy the audience has for the character.

      • Johnathan was being a father, thinking about the welfare of his son above all else.

        • Doesn’t stop him coming off as a jerk.

          • Johnathan knows that he came off like a jerk and you can see in his face he’s thinking “God that was stupid.” He’s a dad who’s torn up. His fear of how the world will react to his son is at odds with knowing that his son did the right thing in saving their lives. So there’s the internal conflict as much as the external conflict being shown.

            • Then he should’ve outright admitted that it was a stupid thing to say. You don’t leave something like that lingering over the audience’s head, if you want to create a sympathetic character.

              Honestly, Jonathan Kent was just poorly handled in this film altogether. It would’ve been fantastic for he to have had an underlying struggle in the movie as to whether or not he should have Clark’s powers stay secret (and, by extension, keep him safe) or whether he should let Clark embrace his true destiny as Superman. Instead, we get some rubbish about Pa Kent just claiming that ‘the world wasn’t ready yet’, which isn’t handled well and ultimately doesn’t pay off satisfyingly since nothing really happens that suggests the world was ‘more ready’ when Superman actually made an appearance. Oh and Pa Kent dies in a completely senseless and stupid sacrifice (because it’s not like anyone would’ve been able to notice Clark using his powers in the tornado).

              • He DID say it very clearly with the expression on his face and the tone of his voice. If audience members were too stupid or too dense to pick up on the subtleties of the scene, that is not the fault of the filmmakers or Costner as the actor or Jonathan as the character.

                • A quick look of doubt and anxiety is not enough to excuse a character saying something like that and never admitting it was a wrong and stupid thing to say, especially since he was talking to a young, impressionable child. Just because he seems to feel bad about saying it doesn’t change the fact that he said it anyway.

                  • I’ve got to join in here on the critique of Pa Kent. I don’t really understand his reasoning at all. What exactly was he afraid of happening if Clark was revealed? Whatever it was it was far more abstract than the many deaths he was willing to have Clark be responsible for…..

                    I guess I don’t understand why it wasn’t okay for people to know about Clark….until it WAS okay. Like…why did he have this idea that there would be the “right” time? What exactly would be the “right” time?

                    Anyone have any thoughts on this?

                    • Thomas B,…

                      Your perceptions of MOS strike me as odd (not wrong…for you…just odd…for me). I found the film fairly well balanced, quite hopeful and ultimately uplifting, deeply human, thoughtful, and even appropriately (not garishly, nor foolishly) colorful. The story was well thought out, and I thoroughly enjoyed the acting and each of the characterizations (yes, including Jonathan). The action was intense and matched up perfectly with the danger posed and fairly rapidly brought to Earth by the Kryptonians. The soundtrack? It WAS Superman for me.

                      I was extremely happy with how “Man of Steel” turned out.


                      See? THAT is the difference between those of us who appreciated Jonathan’s responses and those of you who did not: Because of the WHO, WHAT, and WHYs of his expressed thoughts, WE do not feel he needs an excuse…

                    • Oh, and Thomas…

                      Jonathan never even hinted to Clark that some particular event had to happen for Clark to reveal himself finally to the human populace. The right time would be after Clark had discovered himself and FELT right about the revelation. This was expressed consistently and constantly…

                      Humans in our real world have to make decisions about important matters throughout their lives (we, of course, do not have to worry about human/alien perceptual differences, but still…).

              • Or maybe audiences are just too stupid because I enjoyed Pa Kent in Man of Steel more than any other version

                • Yep…Exactly.

                  • And about Pa Kent’s death, I feel that I much prefered this version than the usual (dies of a random heart attack) because his death actually means something more than just losing another father figure. With his brave sacrifice, he taught clark the lesson to never give up, to never lose hope, and also how to be the beacon of hope he is destined to become. All wrapped up in that a father trying to protect his son. That is how he is such a sympathetic character in Man of Steel.

                    • Pa Kent’s sacrifice was incredibly stupid and downright unnecessary. Clark could’ve gone and rescued the dog and used his powers to escape the tornado and no-one would’ve been able to tell.

                      However, in other media, Pa Kent’s heart attack has a much deeper, and more effective, message. It shows Superman that, despite all of his powers and strengths, there are still things he has absolutely no control over.

                    • Pa Kent was also concerned how the world would be effected when it had proof of other life out there, who knows how it would have responded, panic? And being responsible you can’t take that lightly…. You have to wait till the right time.

                      Then Zod showed up and forced the issue and it didn’t matter for Superman to hide anymore.

                      Point being, Pa Kent died out of concern for Clark and for the world. That’s what I got out of it anyway.

                    • Rukaio…

                      Again, I find myself disagreeing with you. Jonathan’s stubborn refusal to allow Clark (and, yes, I do mean ALLOW, since Clark, as he said, believed in the “rightness” of his father…even if he didn’t agree with it, as is often the case with fathers and sons) to save him, however easy and certain that result may have been, simply and succinctly confirms for me that which I explained earlier to you and Thomas B.

                      I actually think the tornado experience provides a much more effective lesson for Clark, since it shows him that no matter how much power he possesses or whatever situation presents itself, ultimately, Clark WILL BE confronted with times when he must make decisions that might not be instinctive…or popular (THAT aspect is one I’m surmising, as I am guessing people at the underpass were thinking, “if only I could have…”, which Clark, obviously, could have illustrated).

                      I see that we will never agree…I’m okay with that.

    • I agree 100% and i concur with
      “That comic strip is bleak and joyless”

    • @Matt

      Not to mention he even stopped him from saving him for that purpose. So it’s obvious he’s not just trying to be a d*ck about it, he even sacrificed himself because he cares so much for his son…

    • Pa Kent wasn’t afraid people would notice Clark. He was afraid of the impact the knowledge of Alien existence would have on people’s belief systems (e.g. Belief in God….etc).

  3. That comic strip is bleak and joyless.

  4. Two out of context, and flat out inaccurate MoS jabs… underneath which are the the words- Disney Villains Won.

    *lowers spectacle*


    • Dr., you might be onto something.

  5. Ugghh… Could have done without the obama video.

  6. Bleak and hopeless? Apparently they need messages beat into them. The movie showed a man getting out of a s*** place in his life. It showed how people endure and prevail in horrendous situations. This was the start of an over arching theme. Hope is something people cling onto for a better tomorrow when times are rough. At least they didn’t make humans look weak and incompetent. They fought hard and won half the battle in that film. But hey apparently if your film doesn’t play out like a Saturday morning cartoon where everything is okay and nothing has consequences, it’s bleak and hopeless.

    • I’m not sure that the only options are Saturday Morning Cartoon versus bleak and hopeless. I actually thought the Nolan Batman films were in many ways less bleak and hopeless than Man of Steel. It’s not just the plot or writing of Man of Steel that makes it bleak and hopeless. For me the performances are subdued and lifeless, the color palette seems even more drab than Batman, the movie is so saturated with effects that there doesn’t seem to be any really flesh and bone on the screen for very long stretches of the film, and the inherent wonder that should be present in a film about a man with fabulous powers has been purposely drained from the story.

      In contrast the Batman films still took quite a bit of time to add some humanity into the proceedings. There is actually time taken in the films to have human, character-driven scenes between Alfred and Bruce, Lucius is there partially for exposition but also to draw attention to the more fun side of Bruce’s adventuring (every scene with him there is a adventurous twinkle in Morgan Freeman’s eye; you get the sense that it makes his day that Bruce is gallivanting as a superhero), there’s actually time taken for the romance subplots whereas MOS’s romance seems like it’s just a box being checked on a list so that the film can then get back to more buildings toppling and people being punched.

      Those are a few of my reasons why I think MOS feels bleak and hopeless. It’s possible to make a film with dire consequences and serious action that doesn’t feel as grave and dull as this movie. I just felt tired after it was over.

      Thank you.

  7. Really stupid posts about man of steel.

  8. People who only feel happier from watching art (and arguably heavy-themed movies) couldn’t possibly be the audience target for summer blockbuster superhero movies. These people should avoid such movies, just saying. Of course it’s their money and it’s their right to watch what they want, but hey, they should know what to expect…

  9. Disney should make a film where the villain does actually win. Or at least leave the hero with major loss before the villain is defeated.

  10. Jonathan never even hinted to Clark that some particular event had to happen for Clark to reveal himself finally to the human populace.

    • Ummm, why are you restating, verbatim, part of my above comment?