Saturday, June 21, 2008

Do We Really Need Superheroes?

Superheroes are defined as a fictional character of unprecedented physical prowess dedicated to acts of derring-do in the public interest. Superheroes come in many forms; human, alien, animal or some forem of unknown creature. When a girl screams for help, when a plane is crash-landing or when a villain is on lose downtown, who should we ask for? Police or someone whom we called superheroes then?

Let's face it, superheroes only appear in fantasy worlds, comics or cartoons. In this reality world, have you ever seen someone flying from nowhere just to save a little girl from been hit by a car on the road? In this reality world, have you even seen a bunch of bandit been tied and hung up on a lamp post like superheroes did? Nope. It just fantasy.


So superheroes are either paople who works as a journalist, a rich tycoon, office boy or scientist. Because the Marvel or DC peoples believed that they acquired their special abilities and powers from akward incidents. The power as dubbed as a gift but also a curse obtained from some sort of freak accident or in time of despair and needing it. That's their origins. But again they are fictional. Like human, SUPERHEROES have emotion side - the emo part. They can be rich, poor, happy, sad, angry, worried and hungry just like us. That is who they are. Yet who do you turn to when you need them?

Maybe.....SpiderMan as portrayed by Peter Parker (Tobey McGuire) - has misery life with his girlfriend Mary J Watson but still he fights to help people of New York City.

Maybe.....Batman as portrayed by Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) - rich son that controls Wayne Industries, damn rich in cash and knowledge to develop his own fighting weapon to fight off psycho nemesis in Gotham City.

Maybe.....Superman as portrayed by Clark Kent (Brandon Routh) - Man of steel from the planet Krypton came down to earth to protect the Metropolitan City, working as a journalist and hero part time.

Maybe.....Iron Man as portrayed by Tony Starks (Robert Downey Jr) - Weapon master but always drunken, build his weapon and suit in order to protect himself but end up serving the people.

Maybe.....Hulk as portrayed by Robert Bruce Banner (Edward Norton) - green monster due to gamma exposure has his own misery, been chased by the people himself and fighting evil creatures from the hand of human.

Or maybe Hancock???
Oh maybe yes. Or maybe nope.
Every kids have their own hero. I have them too. I used to look at the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, SpiderMan and Batman as my "idol icon cum SUPERHEROES". Not everyone shared the same superheroes icons like ours. Remember when the kids argue and they use their superheroes name to defend themself but sometimes their SUPERHEROES end up been mocked by peers because they aren't able to do certain things. reminds us of one thing about SUPERHEROES. They aren't perfect like us as well!!
In real life, the list of SUPERHEROES can be your own mom or dad, your own siblings, a teacher, a friend or just some uncle selling ice-creams near your house.
Simply in the fantasy world, the SUPERHEROES can carry objects 10 times heavier than them, can use power to destroy a house in a matter of seconds, or be able to fly or act like a "jumper". But our real life heroes can't, right? Because no one can obtain superpower that easily unless it is truly God's gift.
I went searching on wikipedia and I've found some real life people calling themselves a SUPERHEROES. Click here to see them. But I must said I was rather surprised that there are still people willing to take their own time and effort to save the world and help its people. Are they considered a Good Smamaritan? You judge yourself. Sometimes in our life, we do need a superhero. They can give you strength, compassion, comfort and security.
"He knows a hero when he sees one. Too few characters out there, flying around like that, saving old girls like me. And Lord knows, kids like Henry need a hero. Courageous, self-sacrificing people. Setting examples for all of us. Everybody loves a hero. People line up for them, cheer them, scream their names. And years later, they'll tell how they stood in the rain for hours just to get a glimpse of the one who taught them how to hold on a second longer. I believe there's a hero in all of us, that keeps us honest, gives us strength, makes us noble, and finally allows us to die with pride, even though sometimes we have to be steady, and give up the thing we want the most. Even our dreams."
by May Parker, SpiderMan 2

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