EDITORIAL: The Hero The World Needs

LEVITIKUZ talks about how with recent tragedies going on in this world, why Man of Steel needs to be the movie the world needs right now just like how Spider-Man was the movie the world needed back in 2002. Click to check it out.

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By LEVITIKUZ - 4/17/2013


"You will give the people of Earth an ideal to strive towards. They will race behind you. They will stumble, they will fall. But in time they will join you in the sun. In time, you will help them accomplish wonders."
-Jor-El "Man of Steel"


For comic book fans, recently we have been very excited. We are getting ready for the release of Iron Man 3 and recently we just had a new trailer to Man of Steel. While those are great for the comic book movie fans, there are more important things going on. Recently a tragic event has taken place. 2 bombs were place at the end of the Boston Marathon race and went off. As of right now 176 people are injured, 3 have been declared dead and 17 people are in critical condition. 8 of those 17 people in critical condition are children. Lately it almost seems as though this world is going to hell. As children, I think it's fair to say we all looked up to superheroes and loved them but what happens when your worst nightmare comes to live? When those heroes you read in the comics, can't save you. But what if I said they can? Back in 2002 after the events of 9-11, there was a hero the world looked up to and strives to be in Spider-Man. More than 10 years later, we need a new hero for the world to look up to. We need a Superman.

Now before I fully begin, I want to remind you all that this article isn't intended to provoke or start a flame war between DC Comics and Marvel Comics. The reason I am writing why Superman needs to be this and not Iron Man, Thor, or Wolverine is because of who Superman is. The only Marvel Comics character that is like Superman is Spider-Man. Superman is a superhero we all look up to and gives us hope. He is a selfless character that puts our needs before him. He is a god that chooses to walk and live among the humans rather than rule them. Iron Man isn't a character truly like that. Tony Stark most of the times put his needs before others. The reason he became Iron Man in the films were to destroy terrorist organizations that had his weapons. Also Tony uses guns and weapons to save the day and in the times now, let's just say we're not sure about looking up to a hero who uses guns and other weapons with the intent to kill. The reason Thor can't be this hero is mostly due to the fact Thor: The Dark World will mostly take place on Asgard. Wolverine can't be this hero mainly because he is too violent. We need a hero now. I love Wolverine, I love Iron Man, and I love Thor. I swear this isn't an attempt at a flame war and if there is any arguing, I will not only delete your comments but email you straight to Galactus. We don't need that dumb stuff going on. Not here anyways. There are more important things going on in this world than the pettiness of an online war between which Comic Book Company is better.

On September 11, 2001, terrorists attacked the World Trade Center and the Twin Towers collapsed. It was a time of darkness. When Spider-Man came out, it was not just a hero but a movie everyone can stand up and cheer for around the world. The world needed a film like Spider-Man during these times. We all know and saw Spider-Man. The reason the world needed a hero like Spider-Man at that time is because Spider-Man was an all American type of a hero. We needed a hero who knew right from wrong, came from humble beginnings, that doesn't kill, a hero that would put his life on the line and do the right thing, and a hero that would do the things we couldn't and would take a stand. It was the perfect time for a movie like Spider-Man and the fact Spider-Man protects New York made people also cheer for him. You can from moments in Spider-Man and in the series how much of an influence he was. Moments in Spider-Man like the scene where we see New Yorkers stand up and attack Green Goblin while Spider-Man had the car of kids and Mary Jane dangling shows how our heroes inspire us to do the right thing.

Let’s think of some tragedies recently in this world. We had the shootings in Aurora, Colorado during the midnight premiere of The Dark Knight Rises. In the Aurora shootings we had 12 people died and 58 were injured. We had the horrific school shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut. In those shootings we had 20 first grade students die and 6 school personal members die. Recently we had the bombings at the Boston Marathon. I was thinking about showing some photos from the Boston Marathon bombings but due to the graphic nature of these photos, I decided to go against it. What is happening in our world nowadays is scary. We live in a world that it's become scary to take your children, go see a movie, and to participate in public events. This world is becoming scarier as the times change. We need a hero, an event like what Spider-Man was to influence and inspire people.

Now I understand that a movie can't give these people back their children, their parents, their family members or friends. Movies are meant for you to leave the ordinary and enter the extraordinary. I am a big sports fan and I can tell you that there have been many examples of sporting events that's has eased the pain. One sporting event happened the other day, MLB games all over the country where playing and the fans were singing “Sweet Caroline” which is known as a theme song of sorts for the Boston Red Sox’s. Even Yankee fans were singing it. Another event was a couple of years ago; the New Orleans Saint’s first game back in the Superdome after the stadium had to be repaired from the damages of Hurricane Katrina. Right now we need a hero that we all can look up to and cheer for like what Spider-Man was after 9-11. We live in a very corrupted world. We live in a world where people know who the Kardashians are then people probably know 2-3 police officers or firefighters. We live in a world where sports stars are selfish and overpaid while most members of the military are selfless and underpaid. We need a hero for the world to look up to. We need a hero that the world can look at and forget all the wrong in the world even if it's for a couple of hours while they are there. We need a hero the world knows and can stand up and cheer for. The world needs a Superman. Our world needs a Superman to help motivate and inspire us.
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NovaCorpsFan - 4/17/2013, 3:22 PM
Why is this in news
avengers72 - 4/17/2013, 3:26 PM
Amen. I too viewed SM as a kind of hope. It was a story that everyone can relate too because if there's one thing spiderman stands for its that everyone has the right to do great things. I agree that IM3 isn't what we need right now and I respect you levi for not trying to start up a quirl. I think each hero has his own message. My personal favorite daredevil stands for taking weakness and turning it into strength. Batman stands for the darkness that we all have inside in some way form or fashion. Many heroes' origins are about redemption such as Thor and Iron Man. Captain America is a symbol of the American way of freedom and rights. There's countless others but the point is that each and very hero represents something and fights for it. There's a hero for every time we feel sad and I think right now the Man of Steel is what the world needs right now.

Front page worthy article levi.
NovaCorpsFan - 4/17/2013, 3:29 PM
Im just screwing with you levi, great article. Thumbs up.
superherofan21 - 4/17/2013, 3:32 PM
That was very touching and heartfelt, LEVIT. And as an American, I have to agree with you. 9/11 was a horrible time for me and my family, even though we didn't live in New York. The event shook up the whole country. Maybe even the whole world. The Spider-Man movie came out soon after, and I loved it. He was a hero for children to look up to, and a symbol of hope for the adults who witnessed the tragedy. And with all the tragedy happening now... Yeah, we need a hero. We all do, not just the kids. And I believe Superman can be that hero.
DrDoom - 4/17/2013, 3:45 PM
Overly sentimental. You're losing your edge.
Tainted87 - 4/17/2013, 3:45 PM


I think what we need is an example, or examples to follow. We need a figurehead who will do what's right at great personal expense; a moral compass that doesn't freak out around polarizing goals.

Not to say that Superman doesn't embody those traits, but the DC hero I'd be looking at would be the little kid who only needs to say a magic word. That big red cheese whose a child in a superman's body.

But we shouldn't need the wisdom of Solomon to understand priorities, we don't need the strength of Hercules to feel proud, nor the stamina of Atlas to bear our daily responsibilities; we shouldn't rely on the power of Zeus to bail us out of our problems, or the courage of Achilles to stand up to tyranny, and lastly, we shouldn't need the speed of Mercury to reach those important to us.
sephiroth211 - 4/17/2013, 4:09 PM






These two scenes tugged on my heart strings.





Can't wait for this film!!
EdgyOutsider - 4/17/2013, 4:25 PM
While the Boston bombing and 9/11 and whatever major killing or anything happens, it doesn't affect me (I was 5 when 9/11 happened). The world needs characters like Captain America, Superman, Spider-Man. Those kind of characters to exist. While it didn't really shock me the bombing happened, it's truly sad to it has happened. Human beings are animals, monsters whichever you will. While no, a character like Thor and a character like Iron Man aren't the ideal heroes. They're still heroes. Should they have existed, I'm sure they would've been heart broken. Does anyone remember the comic Marvel released after 9/11? My thoughts and prayers are there for those who are in need of them.
Odin - 4/17/2013, 4:29 PM
"...look to the stars-for hope burns bright." Every people have their stars, pal.
Mendenhall12 - 4/17/2013, 4:47 PM
What David Goyer said about Man of Steel being the right movie for the times looks to be true.
MrMartinMarvel - 4/17/2013, 4:50 PM
You're really good with words Levi. It really is sad that we comic book fans fight over such petty things when there is so many more important things to worry about.
MyInnerDork - 4/17/2013, 4:51 PM
Huh? The world needed The Avengers and got them. Not sure what any of this means except maybe someone has man love for Supes.
DRMidNite - 4/17/2013, 4:52 PM
Well said, Levi. Well said...
JM4Superman - 4/17/2013, 4:53 PM
Good job Levi
Superman21 - 4/17/2013, 4:55 PM
I agree with you Levi. There are real villains in this world yet we Comic Book Fans are too much of cowards to stand up for what's right.
TheBaroness89 - 4/17/2013, 4:58 PM
well said very well written. My sentiments exactly. Superman was created during the time of Nazi Germany by those 2 young boys as a way to give them hope. He stands the test of time. Superman will always be the light, will always be the symbol- the most recognized symbol of heroism, resiliency and hope.
Superman21 - 4/17/2013, 5:00 PM
Superman is the best Superhero of all time. He gives people on earth hope that there will be a next day.
DarkArts - 4/17/2013, 5:01 PM
Superman is a PRODUCT. Not a hero, not a representation of a hero just a product.
Every fictional battle, every fictional heroic feat exists merely for the purpose of WB/DC to make money from this product.
While this product can be enjoyable entertainment it only takes money while giving nothing of relevance in return.
In other words a roll of tissue paper or a trash bag is of more importance to a person than a comic book hero or an actor playing that fictional hero.

As for the 9/11 comics they were a disgrace. Marvel and DC comics were at an all time low. They used 9/11 as a PR stunt and even placed their fictitious heroes at the site while real people were REALLY there REALLY trying to help people while Marvel and DC were REALLY trying to get attention back to their comics.

Superman serves one real purpose: putting money in the pockets of WB/DC.

We need to only think about real people, real victims, real heroes during events such as 9/11 or the Boston Bombings not a corporate tool.
StrangerX - 4/17/2013, 5:07 PM
I've tried to keep my calm lately especially after reading a few idiotic comments from fans. I live in Boston, and I can tell everyone the heroes have def been those who have voluntarily put forth efforts to help the injured and support the authorities with videos in helping catch who did this.
While a superhero like Superman would be great to have had during the events of 911 Katrina and The marathon. All we can really do is keep moving on. With that I'm proud to say I Love the city of Boston and I'm still going to be at the Boston Comic Convention which will still be held this Sat.
SUPERSHADOWBAT - 4/17/2013, 5:16 PM
Nice article @Leviticus, your hearts in the right place. Yes Superman is special because of what he represents,HOPE. He also shows us that even though he is supremely powerful, he can remain uncorruptable.
Yes some would say he is just a comic book character, but Superman is more than that always has been since his creation by Siegel and Shuster. Superman is an ideal of what mankind could and should be. Superman made his debut during a time where the world was going through a critical turning point in history, WWII. There were real villains and lunatics and horrors being perpetrated on mankind by these evil men. Superman was a sign of hope back then to our troops and children back home.
Superman is known around the world and for good reason, he is a symbol of good. Now the world is going through a crisis again, evil people doing horrible things to innocents and people who don't believe as they do. This seems a perfect time for Superman to show that these ideals of hope and love and peace are still what we should strive for. A perfect time for Superman to return to the public eye. As I said Superman may be a fictional character, but it's the ideals he represents that matter. Good article Leviticus, kudos my friend.
edwardshiro - 4/17/2013, 5:20 PM
Superman is the hero of hope. Most importantly, he inspires and raises awareness. Admire is not like a god, he is not. He is a source of inspiration. It's like a dream, I can be better, we can be united. And not just for the United States. I am from another country and I read Superman comics since childhood and he inspires me to be supportive and think, not only in me but in others. Transmits values ​​... that society is losing every day ... until we got used to see the evils as normal. And those facts are not normal. It is humanity, unity, perseverance, justice.
Scooby - 4/17/2013, 5:35 PM
Cool. Spider-Man didn't really do anything for me. If it did for you, great.

You have a typo, 2nd paragraph, 4th line:

"Superman is a superhero we all look up to and gives up hope" . . . "gives us hope."
Scooby - 4/17/2013, 5:36 PM
That is, I enjoyed the movies, but they didn't really help deal with the feelings of 911.
H3LLBLAZER - 4/17/2013, 5:56 PM
Great article Levi. I think Superman is a great example we can all strive towards to. He is the hero we need right now.
MisterMagurlypse - 4/17/2013, 6:16 PM
First off, hearts out to any and all people in Boston and everyone afected by recent events.

Second, greatly spoken words LEV. MOS seems like it might be one of those movies that has the power to inspire and help heal. Hope, it's everything. We can't always talk, fight, demonstrate, vote or even wish all the worlds evils away. But, we CAN Hope. "S" And Hope wil carry us thru.

If there was ever a superhero who could show us the way, it's Superman.

MisterMagurlypse - 4/17/2013, 6:23 PM
Aye to that @72
MiVigilante - 4/17/2013, 6:34 PM
Levi,

I dont comment much on this site, mostly due to the bullshit bickering that happens on these threads, but I wanted you to know that I really appreciated this article. I come from west michigan, where nothing really happens, and we only experience the worst of things from what we see on the news. In light of that, I hope that more people agree with your view, andthat if nothing else, the victims of boston can escape with the rest of us in the story of someone who was sent here to inspire the best out of all of us.

Cheers
superotherside - 4/17/2013, 8:59 PM
Good article dude.

I believe that every hero is just as important in a lot of ways though. Depends on what you are trying to get across but I will agree that Superman is very much needed! Again good write up.
SnapperCarr - 4/17/2013, 9:23 PM
Great article Levi.
aresww3 - 4/17/2013, 11:14 PM
Personally I think we need a Wonder Woman movie. I might be posting the first part of my script, I haven´t decided yet. but I might.
cld247 - 4/18/2013, 12:15 AM
Great article Levi. And on June 14 we all will be joining him in the sun!
WYLEEJAY - 4/18/2013, 1:05 AM
@ levi. First off.......just let me say, good article. I'm a little frustrated with you. Let me explain. I don't hold grudges, or get annoyed too easily. I also don't ask for help too often. I have never done anything but support your articles. You were one of the few that I asked for help on my own article, and I got no response. If you didn't get it then I understand. Having said that, I applaud this kind of writing.
thenerdicon4 - 4/18/2013, 6:36 AM
not trying to start a flame war with you worldbreaker, but if that is your opinion on comics, you need to stop reading marvel. All they ever do is force politcs and real world stuff in their comics, like Civil War, Secret Invasion, World War Hulk... ETC.
Brainiac13 - 4/18/2013, 6:55 AM
Nice Article Levi.

I agree that we need heroes to aspire us in every walks of life. Superman has been a strong inspirational hero to me since I was kid. He was always there for me when I was down, I simply picked up a comic or watched the movies, cheered me up and I always tried to c the world through his eyes.

I also believe that we should pray and enlighten our souls with whatever beliefs we r bought up with. I really feel for any loss of life and it hurts. I just want to hug my wife and kids when this kind of tragedy happens.

Superman is a symbol hope that we all can look up to...but we need each other and the local communities to come together in times like these.

But its very difficult in this day and age, that people go beyond good will and will forget these bad times and just move on.
jojofmd - 4/18/2013, 7:00 AM
First and foremost, my thoughts and prayers go out to all affected by this tragic and evil act.

Secondly, I would say the hero that would exemplify hope would either by Superman as Levi has stated or Captain America. Nothing against Spidey in 2012 he was a great fill in.

I find this article interesting from a philosophical standpoint. When Superman was first created, the "superman" looked and was modeled more like the current Lex Luthor and less like the Clark Kent we know and love. He was bent on world domination and probably had more in common with the bombers. So the original looked and was more a representation of Nietzsche's Übermensch. A man fixed to bend others to his will and desires. To be above others. This is completely dichotomous compared to the current Superman, who seeks to protect and bring hope and light, who humbles himself willingly, even though he is quite literally above others.
So they are perhaps two sides of the same coin. On one had with our choices we can chose to strive to become "outside the law" and to bend others to our will, or we can look to forces beyond ourselves and become a people who is worth and greater than what we ever thought we could be. We can humble ourselves to become lights of hope that no act of terror can put out.
JorEllinator - 4/18/2013, 8:04 AM
Well done Levi, a very true article
knocturnalzen10 - 4/18/2013, 8:38 AM
any individual who post something negative about this article will show ur age as well show that ur pissed that mom hasn't brought u ur peanut butter sandwich while u sit in the basement rubbing one out.
as well u've missed the point of the article

good article sir
therj00 - 4/18/2013, 8:50 AM
This is a great, great article. I agree 100% with everything said here
TheDarkKnightRises - 4/18/2013, 8:55 AM
"Its not an S, on my world it means Hope"

The world needs hope right now with all thats going on, evil and cruel people are at work, the Bombings, the Explosion in texas, Nuclear threats, people starving and dying of diseases in third world countries.

Great article, this film needs to inspire, more than previous comicbook films
Tainted87 - 4/18/2013, 9:56 AM
@Levi
Yep, that's me breaking my anonymity.
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