A CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER - How the world would react if Superman really existed

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    We fear what we do not understand
    We hate what is different
    We destroy what we cannot control

    - The nature of man

    I was watching Henry Cavill in an interview this morning and he was promoting Man of Steel, he explained the premise of the movie with a what if. He said, what if we discovered that an alien was living among us for 33 years and we couldn't hurt it and it was more powerful than we were, how would we deal with it? How would it deal with us? Over the decades Superman has dealt with many foes and villains, some of them human but I haven't run across a story that was given a more contemporary spin where Kal-El had to deal only with humans. If Superman really existed, would the world really accept him? The one story to come closest that I know of was the 1987 film Superman: Quest For Peace, the suckiest of the Christopher Reeves franchise. QFP touched lightly on the hero directly involving himself in the affairs of man on a global scale by getting rid of all the nuclear missiles every country owned (in the lamest manner possible). But then it stops there and goes into the typical super hero vs super villain trope.

    I thought about the scenario of how the world react to a super powered being using both ancient and recent history of how people have usually dealt with an exceptional person in their midst. By the way if you know of any comic book or graphic novel story that actually did a scenario like this please drop the info in the comments section, I'd love to check it out.

    We're all familiar with the story of Superman, Krypton destroyed, last surviving child, crash lands on Earth, raised by John and Martha Kent, love affair with Lois Lane, fights for truth and justice. Kal-El was raised as Clark Kent and lucky for us the Kents instilled in him a strong sense of upright morality. But its that upright morality that would put him in direct conflict with his host planet in a real life scenario.

    Throughout the decades of the comic its been depicted that Superman has a degree of conflict within himself about his place in world as well as who and what he is. It's the main reason why he built the Fortress of Solitude, the interior of which is a recreation of his home world, so that he can gain some idea of what his people were about and how he's suppose to conduct his life. And after obtaining that knowledge of self, coupled with the foundation of christian/judeo values via the Kents, I would imagine Kal-El coming back to society reinvigorated and excited to share his goodwill and news of justice and fair play.

    If that sounds familiar to you its because we've heard this story before. If you believe the Bible it played out some 3000 years ago. A being not of this world was born to an upright family, grew up and after some time isolated away from people came back to tell and demonstrate to all who would listen about a better way of living.

    Zack Snyder, David S. Goyer and Christopher Nolan may be dipping a bit deeper in the religious parallels of the Superman and Jesus Christ more than any other film director whose tackled the story so far but its really interesting to me how that would play out if that being really existed (I'm talking about Superman). And I imagine it would end in a similar sad way.

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    Mate, this is really thoughtful stuff! Nice work!
     
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    thanx much:yay:
     
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    Everyone clearly put a lot of though into this movie, yet it still didn't sit right with me. Henry Cavill was a terrific Superman though!
     
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    If you read Red Son Superman it kind of pushes into the thinking you've mentioned...without giving the ending away he lands in Russia as opposed to America and the Russians use him as a weapon against the world, Lex Luthor is a scientist drafted in to stop him and he creates all the well known villains...there are even other Justice League members in it who go up against him....the reason I bring this comic up though is the end is a real moral battle for Superman when Lex uses his intellect to take down Supes...a good read from a 'What If' point of view...

    Edit: Just noticed that it is mentioned in the link on the above post....shouldve read a head before posting.
     
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    from the article...

    Side note: there's always been some sort of alternate/what if version take on Superman and his influence since he was raised as human from infancy. The best known one is Red Son: What if Kal-El's escape pod had landed in the USSR? The consequences of that had a huge effect on the U.S. and the Cold War. But considering the time frame of the story in general (around the 40s) what if the Kents were white supremacists? Pa Kent is the Grand Wizard of his local chapter of the KKK and little Clark grows up in it, imagine the repercussions of that for America.

    I could see a young superman being a holy terror in the country that is until he creates the fortress of solitude and discovers his people were much more enlightened and then he makes a change and tries to undo all the things he did as a white supremacist.
     
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    quite in depth..
     
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    This is awesome, what an in-depth, logical article.

    Last week or so i have been pondering how a new TV show, could give us the real superman we want and this angle, is exactly what i would go for.

    How the rest of the world would react and how he would deal with it, also... i have a firm belief that behind closed doors, technology is far beyond anything we can imagine, ET may have had contact already and this can all play a part.
     
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    Supergirl could tackle some of this but they keep her too local and keep missing opportunities to show how she deals with being supergirl.
     

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