Forging Steel with Humanity: Superman Reborn in “Man of Steel”

What does it mean to be human? Obviously science alone cannot be relied upon to provide all the answers when describing the depth of such meaning and accuracy because it’s not only about biology or physical makeup; it envelopes the entire cosmic being and its soul. It’s also a fundamental question regarding our existence that evolves through the relationships we build with one another and the world around us. How we view our choices, psyche, emotions, ethics and morality are the foundations for weaving together a holistic understanding of being human. To be a ‘super human’ one has to learn to be a human first and foremost. However, through the journeys we make in life, we begin to realize how inadequate we are as humans and thus, are naturally incomplete. Each is born with a goal in life that we are not aware of, but are left to discover.

Such a journey is gifted to one such individual, isolated because of his dissimilarities in the origin tale of Superman in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel. The title of the film may give it away but “Man of Steel” is not a tale of the caped crusader and the adventures he gets himself into, but rather a re-imagining of the Superman saga where the man behind the famous red cape truly is trapped within, while paying homage to the comic books from 1986 exploring Kal-El’s genesis.

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