Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Batman vs Superman: The Longest War

At first glance a movie in which Superman fights Batman seems totally absurd, just another shameless cash in with lashings of CGI and a score which repeats variations of ''Brrrhaaaaaammmmmmm''. However, on closer inspection, and particularly in regards to the new trailer, the idea of Superman and Batman being mortal enemies is actually deeply rooted, both in popular culture and, when one looks closer, within the history of Modern America.

When the previous Superman movie ''Man of Steel'' was released the Times of Israel lamented ''Man of Steel’ no longer Man of Shtetl?'' they then proceeded to explain Superman's Jewish origins:

 In case you’ve been living under a cultural rock, some quick facts. Superman was created in the 1930s by writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster, two Jewish-American children of European refugees. Superman’s “old country” is Krypton, an advanced realm that ultimately destroyed itself. Superman’s real name is Kal-El, son of Jor-El. The suffix El, of course, means “of God” in Hebrew, with Kal-El defined by some as “Voice of God.” Before Krypton’s doom, Kal-El’s parents put him in a Moses-like basket, sending him down the Nile of intergalactic space until he landed safely on Earth.
There, in the most goyische place ever (a farm in Kansas!) Kal-El assumes the secret identity of Clark Kent, and this “model minority” soon thrives in his new environment. The yellow sun’s radiation provides a source for him to “leap tall buildings in a single bound,” though for Siegel and Shuster it was meant to symbolize the freedom from pogroms and Nazism which allowed them to find safety and success.

Batman was the creation of Jewish comic book artist, Bob Kane, but he's a very different creature to Superman. Unlike Superman, Batman has no super powers, he isn't an alien he (Bruce Wayne) is a ''White Anglo Saxon Protestant''. When Batman was created the ''WASP'' demographic formed America's ruling elite, however, as Wikipedia helpfully explains :
  Scholars agree that the group's influence has waned since the end of World War II, with the growing influence of other American ethnic groups, particularly Jews 
 In actual fact the so called ''Culture Wars'' of the last 50 years have, in large part, been driven by Jews to replace the WASP elite with themselves. Batman vs Superman is testament to their success, Warner Bros Studios is Jewish owned, as is DC Comics, Batman vs Superman was written by Jewish writer David Goyer, Lex Luthor is played by Jewish actor Jessie Eisenberg and Wonder Woman is played by Jewish actress, model and Israeli soldier, Gal Gadot.  
Batman views the Government and Liberal laws with contempt, he has his own code of ethics and through self sacrifice and will power he offers the people hope, the ''Bat-Sign'' is Batman's warning to his enemies and hope to the masses. Naturally, then, the wailing Left have long noted his ''Fascist undertones''. 
 So what we have in Batman vs Superman is the Reactionary and ''Fascist'' Gentile waging war upon the Judaic usurper, are they really going to go there in the new movie? 

At the climax of  Man of Steel, Metropolis, the stand in for New York, suffered a 9/11x1000 level of damage as Superman fought to prevent General Zod creating a Neo Israel Krypton on Earth. Humanity has since begun questioning why they have this immensely powerful outsider in their midst. Superman is called before a Congressional hearing to  explain himself, Tea Party style placards and banners  ''No to Illegal Aliens'' line the streets. In all likely-hood this was intended, and will mainly be viewed as, a slap in the face to ''anti immigrant'' politics. Nevertheless, this is interesting territory to tread for a character with such long and deep associations with the Jewish diaspora. It is a reflection of their greatest fear, exposure and rejection. Batman agrees with the baying mob, Superman is a menace and must go. The superior man of will steps forth to drag the masses to freedom from the great blue and red Moloch. We've been here before, many times...

 In the trailer Lois Lane points to the ''S'' on Superman's costume it is ''a symbol of hope'' she tells him. However, unlike Batman's symbol which asks the people to stand tall and unite against evil, all the people can hope for while Superman lives among them is to be subservient to an alien, the masses will be expected to simply eat pizza and plug themselves into reality TV while their new ''God'' prevents them from ever dealing with harsh realities or understanding their true destiny. This is slavery. 

The question is, how will director Zack Snyder and writer David S Goyer tie the narrative strands together, how can the, seemingly, irreconcilable heroes put the fate of the earth and humanity behind them? By introducing another set of villains of course, the ''Axis of Evil'' would be and apt title. Jesse Eisenberg's Lex Luthor will no doubt play the role of Neo Con war monger and the new villains will stand in for Iran or Iraq or Syria or Islam in general or Russia. And the masses will forget about their serfdom and cheer on as Batman and Superman head off to ''Fight for Freedom'.  Asking for freedom from ''Kal El'' will be strictly taboo, however.

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