Saturday, July 29, 2006

Five Reasons Why Spiderman is Cooler Than Superman

I recently saw the new Superman Returns movie directed by Brian Singer and starring Brandon Routh as the man of steel. Though I liked the movie, I didn't love it, and I started thinking about what was, well, missing. Soon thereafter, I spied one of my favorite movies of all time, Spiderman 2.

Got me thinking, based on movies only, why is Spiderman so much cooler on the big screen then Superman? Herein are 5 of my top reasons. Discuss, rinse, repeat:

5. Spiderman has a crummy day job
Peter Parker keeps having to pay the rent, help Aunt May, and just generally get by in this world. He sometimes breaks his glasses, his shoelaces are untied, he's short on money. He can't keep a job.

Clark Kent will always have that reporter job. He might real busy, but he doesn't really need the money. Daddy got him a nice place up North.

Winner:

4. Spiderman's girlfriend(s) are more important to the story line
You may disagree that, in fact, Lois Lane is more important here because she's all Clark's got, but I think Mary Jane and the on-again off-again romance brings real feeling and heart to the Spiderman movies. And it'll only get more interesting in part 3.

Superman did get in bed with Lois in Superman 2, but she doesn't remember any of it, so no points here. It's like the relationship in college you had with you girlfriend who was a girl and your friend, but it never really went anywhere. You were both chickens.

Winner:

3. Superman Can Fly
Superman can fly, he can fly fast and he can stop an airplane from crashing into Yankee Stadium. I thought the action sequences were fine and the flying was fine, but was it REALLY that much of an improvement from the older movies 20 years ago?

Spiderman swings through the air with the greatest of ease, but it takes real skill to sling those webs against buildings, climb up the side of buildings and more.

Winner:

2. Character Traits
I just wish Clark Kent would stop acting like such a clumsy dork. Peter Parker, he's something of a misfit naturally.

Winner:

1. Bully vs. Bullies
Green Goblin, Doc Ock, Venom, Sand-dude. Spiderman's busy wherever he looks. Superman, well, it always come down to one guy: Lex Luthor. No super human powers himself, but, he's just really evil and really smart. Superman II works so well because he has real enemies from his world. More of this, PLEASE!

Winner:

So, there you go, my completely non-objective take on why Spiderman movies are so much better than Superman movies. If you would have told me 5 years ago that a Spiderman movie would open bigger than Superman, I would have laughed. Just goes to show you what a little heart and humanity can do for a superhero.

Extra Credit: Peter Parker had to pull a Project Runway and design his own costume - the concepts, the sewing, all fabulous.

20 Comments:

At 9:20 PM, Anonymous G3o5d said...

Spiderman is very good superhero. You are obviously a huge Spidey fan, but I must defend Superman to some degree. First I am not a comic book reader or a superhero fan of any one hero. Superman is a true superhero. He was born Superman. He will die Superman. His "Clark" persona is how he sees ordinary people. Please watch the last 2 chapters of "Kill Bill 2". Bill explains Superman vs. other superheros. In the comic book world, it seems to make sense. Both have their attributes, personal opinion will rule.

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At 5:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually that is another reason why we can relate better with Peter Parker... He is not an alien. He is not superior because of being a member of a different extraterrestial human race but just because he got a gift from an accident and he knows that this gift gives him a responsibility to use it wisely... and that responsibility makes him suffer with anguish and fear and to have conflicts because of that... Spiderman is not bullet proof his powers had limits and he saves people with more effort and the best way he can ... Superman has a duty already established before coming to Earth and for him saving people is effortless, his weakness is a product of an alien world not a product of this one or of his conflicts...

 
At 12:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Superman is a putz. Even when he loses he just takes his ass out into space, spins around for awhile, then sets things right again. I mean, short of killing this son of a bitch (which also is apparently impossible), you can't beat this guy! I still don't see why he didn't just spin the earth around in Superman 2, Superman 3, Superman 4 and the newest Superman. Seemed to work well in 1. For that matter, why not be cool, spin the earth around and take care of Hitler could you Superman? Or are you too busy being boy reporter?

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At 6:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

TO the person who said this: "Superman is a putz. Even when he loses he just takes his ass out into space, spins around for awhile, then sets things right again. I mean, short of killing this son of a bitch (which also is apparently impossible), you can't beat this guy! I still don't see why he didn't just spin the earth around in Superman 2, Superman 3, Superman 4 and the newest Superman. Seemed to work well in 1. For that matter, why not be cool, spin the earth around and take care of Hitler could you Superman? Or are you too busy being boy reporter? "


You are a putz.

If you watch the richard donnar cut of 2 he does spin the earth to fix things.

Superman rocks! Way better than Spiderman who also rocks!

 
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