In this episode, we unpack the virtues of the oil rig scene and the virtues exhibited by Clark in that scene; we listen to Zack Snyder talk about the making of the scene and Henry Cavill talk about some of the stunt work with Jay Leno a week before the film’s premiere; and we discuss what makes a hero. We touch on the topics below:
- Why do I say “reasonable minds will differ” every episode?
- What virtues did Clark show in this short scene?
- What is the significance of calling him “Greehorn” three times?
- How do the filmmakers show us Clark’s limitations here?
- Why is a Superman with limits a good thing for storytelling?
- When does Clark show optimism, hope, humility, and possibly humor?
- Why did they have Clark yell when propping up the derrick?
- Why didn’t Clark use super speed to rescue the workers?
- What did Clark’s heroism cost him?
- What is the definition of heroism?
- What’s the difference between classical, literary, and modern heroism?
- How to answer the criticism that Superman is not a “real” hero because he’s strong and invulnerable?
- Do you have to be a paragon to be a hero?
- Why does this scene come before the flashbacks?
In this episode’s mail bag:
- What does ordering Scotch “straight up” get you?
- How did Clark get his job at the Daily Planet?
- How did Lois survive being left in the Arctic?
- How did Clark find the ship under the ice?