I hear often, that people are tired of seeing heroes origins every reboot. I often wonder why that is? Think about Peter Parker being bitten by a radioactive spider, and his transformation into, Spider-Man.
Then I think about, Parker seeing his uncle’s death, and thinking it’s his fault; because he could of stopped it from happening. When something goes wrong in his life, Peter always goes back to his Uncle Ben’s death.
Gwen Stacy dies, by Peter’s hands, because he tried to save her. Even though, the Green Goblin threw Gwen from a bridge, it’s when Spider-Man tries to save her with his web-shooters. That’s when Peter believes it’s his fault, because Gwen neck snaps. Simply because, Parker grabs her incorrectly.
Peter goes back to his Uncle Ben. He starts adding more failure on top of other failures.
“With great power comes great responsibility.”
Then take Batman’s origin into consideration. Those who understand Batman, they know he’s completely crazy. He sees his parents death often, and he thinks it’s his fault. He caused their death or he should of died with them or instead of them.
Batman often says, “Jason Todd” is my greatest failure”, but readers of the comics know. It’s his parents death. Then you think about Batman’s training into becoming Batman. Watching him become the Dark Knight and using Bruce Wayne as a shell.
“I made a promise on the grave of my parents that I would rid this city of the evil that took their lives. By day, I am Bruce Wayne, billionaire philanthropist. At night, criminals, a cowardly and superstitious lot, call me… Batman.”
Then you have Superman. I never understood why Hollywood kills Jonathan. Maybe to give Superman more of a struggle with life? Maybe to teach him grief or to make him relatable. Either way, I never thought Superman needed it. He’s stronger with both his parents.
In this “Man of Steel” you have a tornado hit Kansas, and before it hits; you have Clark telling his adopted father Jonathan, “you’re not my real father“. Then during the tornado touching down and wrecking havoc. Jonathan is catch in the middle and Clark can save him, but Jonathan tells Clark not to do so.
“Truth, Justice and the American Way”
It’s a new telling of the character and a new actor. A new director and writer. Why not re-tell the origin. Yes, we’ve seen it so many times it’ll make you scream. Yes, we know what happens, but what if it’s a bit different.
Like in, “Amazing Spider-Man“. When Peter let’s the criminal go, from a convenient store-instead of the wrestling match from Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man” (2002), and the comics. It’s a different/modern telling, but the same turmoil is still there. Peter let the criminal go, and still blames himself.
We’ve seen Jonathan Kent die in a very odd way this time, (might be part of the reason this telling of Superman is unhinged) in “Man of Steel“. And I heard they show you Thomas and Marta’s death in “Batman v Superman“, spoilers* (Although given the “Martha” scene in that movie, you kinda understand why. Kinda on the nose)…
My point is, these heroes have a significant tragedy or experience in their lives. It means something to them, and they would say defines them. These are the reasons why most of these heroes, wear the costume.
I think of it as, each reboot is just that; it’s a new and a fresh take. You have a new visionaries taking over, and creating a new world. Whether the characters are well received or not. It’s their take on the character, and the most significant thing about heroes are, the reasons why they wear the costume.
That’s why I like watching the origins when a superhero gets a new rebooted film. Maybe that’s just me, but I like seeing the drive that keeps a hero going.
Written by FTO : NERD TALK