All right, don’t rip my head off for thinking this, but isn’t there something ethically wrong with the whole Superman/Clark Kent thing?

Specifically, Clark Kents job as a reporter.

I mean, let’s see if I’ve got this right.

You’ve got a guy, he works for a news reporting service, he’s a journalist, he’s supposed to provide news reporting from an impartial, unbiased point of view.

But when something comes up and he goes to report on events as they unfold, if things don’t go the way he likes he takes action to change things to his satisfaction as he sees it.. and then reports on the new situation without making any mention that, hey, you know, shit might have happened differently if the REPORTER didn’t become part of the story.

Am I the only one who ever wondered about that? I mean, how do you objectively report about how you saved the world?

“And then Superman, his manly muscles gleaming in the early morning Sun, swooped below the falling airliner and grasped the airframe in his large hands, and holding the entire thing together by an act of near godlike will, he carried it and it’s grateful passengers to safety. Many of whom would have thrown their panties at his feet, had he but asked.”

You mean, YOU did that. Right? You’re reporting on what you just did. And that’s okay?

And what about all those exclusive interviews he had with.. himself? I am sure he asked himself some very, very tough questions. I bet he really put himself on the spot.

Like just what he did with all those robots in the Fortress of Solotiude, anyway. You had robot duplicates of Lois lane and Lana Lang? Wasn’t that a bit invasive? How did you make sure they were… correct? X-Ray vision?

Did you ask consent first?

In other digressions worthy of a lawsuit…

Does anyone else remember the Shazam!/Isis Power Hour show from the late 1970s?

The premise of the Shazam! part of the show was the kid, Billy Batson, was driven from town to town by his mentor, in a Winnibago. They’d go to a new town, the kid would wander into trouble, and then turn into a super-powered adult to smash the bad guys.

Now, putting aside the whole ‘Winnibago super-hero’ thing for a minute, which all by itself is comedy gold, let’s look at this concept in a modern day world.

Pretend, just for a minute, that the whole “adult and young boy traveling from town to town in a van’ thing is done scrupulously clean and wholesome. Let’s just pretend. We’re bigger than that.

If this were to be on the air today, how could this not take a dark trip into “trolling for child pornographer” territory?

It’s a perfect setup for a plotline where a young boy is sent out as bait to entice child rapists and pornographers, only to have him transform into a super-strong, invulnerable godlike being who then tears them all apart with his bare hands, can fly to catch them when they run, and use the wisdom of Solomon to outwit their attempts to escape his wrath.

I’m just saying, was I just too young to get what other people were thinking about the show, grasp the subtext or connotations of the chickenhawk, or were we really that freaking naive back then? 

If this show came on the airwaves today, all I’m saying is, there better be some serious bloodshed, some wrath of the gods brought down on the unjust.

I can’t imagine it ever being green lit in modern time, because talk about touching a nerve.

Don’t we ALL wish our children could turn into invulnerable super-heroes to save themselves from the very real evil that hunts them out there?

Every time I see the news, the children going missing, the bodies being found, the people with child pornography on their computers, I know I wish MY son was an invulnerable super-strong being, because the real world is fucking terrifying to a parent.

And yet, I see that movie Kick Ass on the screen, and they almost went there, but not quite. So maybe it is something that could make TV. Or be in Kick Ass 2.

Sigh. Oh, for the good old days where a ward was just a ward.

7 Responses to “Lawsuit Bait”
  1. . Shannara says:

    Don’t forget him dating Wonder Woman … hrmm…

  2. Klepsacovic says:

    People just didn’t see, and didn’t talk about many things in the past. Those were the days when the priests were molesting children and it was being covered up. The children were too young and too scared to talk. The priests moved onward.

    These days we have new problems that we don’t talk about and don’t see. In 40 years people will wonder how we were so blind, so naive, so willingly complicit in evil acts. We’ll try to explain the constraints of our times and they’ll just hear a million hasty justifications. Meanwhile they’ll have their own blindness and in 80 years they’ll get their due. I hope that we’re slowly, slowly creeping toward something better, rather than just repeating the same mistakes in different forms.

  3. Malcolm Singer says:

    I hadn’t thought of that show since the 70′s now I have a awful image of a red unitard with a golden lighting bolt emblazoned on its front. Ug I need mental Comet lol. Thanks BBB

  4. Herr Drache says:

    Clark? Reporter? Let’s just call it “foreshadowing” ;)
    What reporters nowadays still do properly “report the news”? They make the news. They mis-quote, incite, twist, and manipulate the readers and viewers to make more money for their station, paper, or what-not. Fox, CNN, where *can* you go nowadays to get some kind of objective news? BBC?

  5. Moonstalker says:

    “But Lois… I could see that you were wearing a bullet-proof vest.” REALLY? C’mon Krypton boy – how did you determine that? But I digress. The Shazam/Isis show was THE best thing a 7 year old kid into superheroes could watch (barely beating Super Friends). Yeah – we were all naive at that age. Then came Wonder Woman and I was imprinted for life. But I digress again.

  6. Tzivya says:

    I don’t know about the more recent, character more grown up seasons, but IIRC the early seasons of Ben 10 had a similar concept of young boy (and girl) travelling around with their grandfather in a Winnebego. I can’t bring myself to find the creep in it, but then, I could totally picture my family spending a year touring Australia or America in a Winnebego, probably not hurt by the fact that we already homeschool and it would be hugely educational. :)

  7. PolarBruski says:

    It’s not quite on the same topic, but it does touch on related points, and it’s also a blog I think you’d highly enjoy: http://lawandthemultiverse.com/2011/09/14/a-tale-of-two-superhero-journalists/

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