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Old September 2 2011, 10:51 PM   #115
Admiral Buzzkill
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Re: DC's New 52: Reviews and Discussion (Spoilers welcolme and likely)

Myasishchev wrote: View Post
That's the thing. Superman with no intrinsic moral prohibitions about, say, willfully and egregiously violating basic laws like "don't batter people without a justification" seems likelier to react to "you tried to kill me with kryptonite" with an aggressive, not a conciliatory, response.
"Don't intimidate, scare or rough up people who you know are engaged in crimes hurtful to the helpless" isn't anything like an "intrinsic moral prohibition," which I think is part of the point here. It's actually a reasonably sophisticated part of the so-called "social contract" and it requires qualities that many people - maybe especially young people - have to learn. First among other things, Clark needs to learn that his personal judgment and experience are as limited as any other human being's.

Judging just from these few pages, at this point he's acting entirely out of an immature but intrinsic sense of right and wrong - "It's not fair. Why won't the grown-ups just stop them?"

And one would think that he's going to find out pretty quickly the many reasons things can't work the way he wants them to. For one thing, snapping at the police that they should "do their job" and leaving this guy to them when he's just coerced a completely inadmissible confession out of him is not going to work. So what does he do now, become the judge and jailer as well?

The only way that everything can be fixed to his satisfaction is if he's going to rule the world. At this point, he surely doesn't even suspect that one day reasonably soon he'll have the physical power to even do that; right now he can only be the scariest thug ever.

What is centrally implausible about Superman is the premise that he's an incorruptibly good man. Alan Moore has followed the psychology of unlimited power down a couple of the obvious roads. But Clark is an impossible person, a guy who can't even be misled too far by his own ego.

We can actually guess at a few kinds of events or confrontations that would move the guy in these pages to become the Superman he apparently still becomes. Hopefully Morrison's version will be cleverer than what we can make up or anticipate, as that's half the reason we pay for books and comics and movies instead of making it all up in our heads, right? Making the apparently implausible into the satisfyingly evident, at best seemingly inevitable - getting us from a problematic place here to someplace we don't know how to get to - is Morrison's job.

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