40 – Storytime

coverblackTwo short fables (an Aesop fable The Bat and the Weasels and the Chinese proverb The Old Man of The Frontier Loses His Horse) and an original Elseworlds idea Man of Steel: Lost Horse.

Answers, insights, and commentary on:

  • What if Clark tried to save Jonathan from the tornado?
  • How would the world react?
  • How would the government respond?
  • What happens to Clark?
  • Does Zod still come to Earth?

…and more.

Cross Fire: An Original Companion Novel | Michael Kogge
The Bat and The Weasels | Aesop
The Old Man of the Frontier Loses His Horse | Learn Chinese Now
The Story of the Chinese Farmer | Sustainable Human
Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle | PBS
Superheroes!: Capes, Cowls, and the Creation of Comic Book Culture | Maslon & Kantor

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  1. “The Old Man of the Frontier Loses His Horse” is a millenia-old Chinese fable that helps explain the fluidity of “good things” and “bad things” (thus leaning towards the Taoist mentality of nothing is ever certain), and I’m very excited to hear it explained in English for the first time. Our section of philosophy really can benefit from being spread around a bit further. 🙂

    • Glad you liked it, thanks for listening! Life has loads of ups and down, like the popularity of characters, so it’s important to have the right attitude rather than let circumstances dictate your joy.

  2. Hey Doc, I can’t wait for the comic version of this mind-boggling story.

  3. Terrific story brother. It had one or two plot holes I think, but they’re not so blaring and obvious that I can remember them right now. I would love for Snyder to make this new movie of yours just to shut up a lot of the people that seem bent on hating this great movie. If Superman wraps everything in a neat little bow he’s too powerful, if he makes mistakes he’s not the Superman they know and love. Feels like Superman just can’t win. Thanks for the podcast. It’s really terrific. Your explanations don’t satisfy most critics I talk to, but it does stop their complaining.

    • As Snyder said, there’s no winning anymore for Superman.

      But I think that it’s like the fable of the Fox and the Grapes, instead of blaming their own close-mindedness and inability to enjoy new and interesting takes of Superman, they blame Superman himself and the ones behind him (Snyder, Dan Didio).

      But I think that considering the raising amount of Superman fans MoS and the DC Films Universe is creating, we can hope that those cynical “fans” will be the small minority in a not so distant future.

      • Another applicable one is probably “The Miller, His Son, and The Donkey”… no matter what you do someone is going to complain and be unhappy, so you just have to be true to yourself and tell the story you want to tell. One of the reasons I respect the challenging and controversial aspects of MOS is that it’s abundantly clear that’s what they did, because no one looking to try to please the most people would have taken the same risks. It’s a similar feeling I get from hearing that BvS has a R-rated cut… it makes me confident that they got to make the movie they wanted to make which, to me, is a good thing.

    • Thanks, there are a bunch of plot issues but I didn’t want to get bogged down in apologetics or explanation especially as it started to run long. Probably more that I didn’t note too.

      Thanks for listening.

  4. This story is astonishing! I love it!
    May I please ask for your permission to transcribe it and translate it into Chinese and by so share it with some fellow fans? You will definitely be credited for this.
    Thank you again for telling such amazing story!

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