Can Clark be blamed for Zod?

man-of-steel-1024x686Is Clark culpable for Zod’s crimes?

We do not know what the citizens of Earth know about the full facts of the story, but nonetheless, there are Man of Steel detractors that blame Clark for bringing Zod to Earth. They reason that all of Zod’s crimes are Clark’s fault for bringing Zod to Earth. Now admittedly anyone can be blamed for anything. Bigots are no stranger to scapegoating. However, is such a position reasonable, logical, or well thought out? Based on our conception of justice and reason, I don’t think it is.

Justifiable blame- or culpability- generally attaches if one has a culpable mental state, for example intending harm, combined with an avoidable action that is the proximate cause of that harm (and there are no excuses or justifications for the action).

In other words, we don’t punish people for wrongful thoughts if they do nothing wrong and we don’t punish people for conduct with harmful results unless their mindset behind the action was wrongful (purposely, knowingly, recklessly, or negligently). There must be an aspect of free will to the act. read more

6 – Weaknesses Part 1 – Atmospheric Explanation, Environment & Equipment

coverblackThis is part one of a two part series where we cover Superman’s potential weaknesses in Man of Steel. In this episode, we cover how the atmospheric weakness interacts with Kryptonian powers, the environment, and equipment:

We begin with the basic theory and parse what Jor-El tells us about Kryptonian powers.  We then point out the problems with the basic theory as complicated by the Kryptonian helmets in Smallville.  We then try to reconcile the issue with a few different theories.

While covering our topics, we will discuss and answer the following questions:

  • Why Superman’s strength doesn’t come from Earth’s atmosphere.
  • Why Zod wore a helmet in Earth’s atmosphere, what he was breathing, and why he didn’t suffer respiratory distress when he lost the helmet.
  • A better analogy for the function of the powers than drinking.
  • The function of Zod’s helmets and why they didn’t wear them during the attempt coup on Krypton.
  • How the Prequel Comic is still a stumbling block.

…and more!

Events Subjects Power sense issue Sun Breathing Comments
Childhood Kal-El unknown unknown yes E-Air years of pain – Ma & Zod
Bridge of Zero Kryptonians, no helmets no (likely) no no (likely shielded) K-Air  
Bridge of Zero Kal-El no (restrained) no yes (stored) K-Air temporary respiratory issues
Escaping Zero guards w/ helmets no (can be shot, stopped, wrestled) no no (likely shielded) unknown (likely K-Air)  
Escaping Zero Kal-El yes no yes (stored) E-Air (Lois safe) strength immediately returns
Smallville A Zod & Faora w/ helmet strength no yes unknown (possibly K-Air)  
Smallville B Zod & Faora no helmet strength yes yes E-Air sensory temporary
Dropship Zod no helmet likely no yes (stored) unknown (likely K-Air) no issue until stepping off ship
Arctic Zod no helmet likely briefly yes E-Air  
World Engine Kal-El yes no (likely) yes unknown E / K mix unknown

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A Thesis on Man of Steel [Jay Bend]

A Thesis On Man of Steel on Vimeo.

His description: “In it I argue Man of Steel was about a rebirth of KalEl as Superman, and the Jesus analogy is only told to emphasize the mythological scale of Superman’s story. In fact, he is not meant to be jesus but instead he brings a new testament in comparison to the old testament of the kryptonian way of adhering mindlessly to predetermined moral absolutes.” read more

5b – Breaking News – DC Cinematic Universe Roadmap

coverblackThese are my October 15th reactions to the WB Investors Conference Press Release revealing a slate of at least 10 DC Cinematic Universe films slated to 2020. We briefly discuss each film, the larger picture, and why it means great things for Superman.

Blog post with Official Press Release, Roadmap, and Proposed Calendar

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Official DC Cinematic Universe Projection Until 2020

Official Press Release

Cited in relevant part:

And, in a massive expansion of the Studio’s DC Entertainment-branded content, Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema will release a slate of at least 10 movies—as well as stand-alone Batman and Superman films—from 2016 through 2020 that expands this prized universe of characters:

  • “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” directed by Zack Snyder (2016)
  • “Suicide Squad,” directed by David Ayer (2016)
  • “Wonder Woman,” starring Gal Gadot (2017)
  • “Justice League Part One,” directed by Zack Snyder, with Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and Amy Adams reprising their roles (2017)
  • “The Flash,” starring Ezra Miller (2018)
  • “Aquaman,” starring Jason Momoa (2018)
  • “Shazam” (2019)
  • “Justice League Part Two,” directed by Zack Snyder (2019)
  • “Cyborg,” starring Ray Fisher (2020)
  • “Green Lantern” (2020)

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NYCC 2014, Versus, & Podcast


Three Generations – I didn’t have any great Superman photos unfortunately!

Due to happy and exciting family news and the past four days of New York Comic Con, I’ve been out of the loop.  However, my comic con photos should be going up sometime this week.  I’ve quickly thrown together a Versus page for YouTube content addressing the topic before I get in on the action.  New episodes of the MOSAIC show will start recording soon again, so I’ll be addressing the feedback, questions, comments, and promos in the next few weeks.

Lastly, I actually have received letters and feedback from two different individuals who mistook the intention of the website / podcast as trying to address questions as the Man of Steel, in character.  While not my original intention, it might be fun to do that once in a while so that may become a new feature or podcast segment.