Maybe it’s because I’m female. Maybe it’s because I’m a certain age. But I really don’t understand superheros. I never read comic books, and was never really into Saturday morning cartoons either. So this whole genre of “literature” and pop culture escapes me.
And that means that, for the most part, summer movies escape me as well.
The new Batman movie opens today and is expected to break all box office records. The Batman I remember was a campy guy in bad tights. Today’s Batman is mysterious and filled with angst or ennui or some other smart-sounding word. I bet there won’t be a POW! or BAM! anywhere in the movie.
But at least I’ve heard of Batman. The superhero that really has me confused is Hellboy. He is also derived from comics. His fictional creation has to do with Nazis and supernatural portals and mad scientists. (You can read this if you really want to know more.)
But here’s what has me so confused: Hellboy is a GOOD guy. I thought that he was…you know…the devil. But despite his name, he is fighting the forces of evil.
From now on, I think all superheros should have names that tell you what side they’re on…like Freedom Man or Peace Girl. There’s no confusion about those names.
I was trying to decide who my personal superheros are, but I’m having trouble coming up with any. I think that’s just too much pressure to put on a person. Dolly Parton comes close. Or maybe Harper Lee–both great Southern writers.
As for summer movies, I think I’ll skip the superheros and go see Mamma Mia instead.