Oh man. This is the scene that makes me want to curl up into a ball and die. It’s one of the things that made the film so damn personal to me. Just how many times we have seen this play out on our screens? We already know how it ends before we even hear the scrambled screams, but the horror still doesn’t get any lesser each time.

AND YET. And yet.

Man of Steel very responsibly takes the imagery of this form of personal violence and clearly condemns the perpetrators of this crime, vis-a-vis the substance and actions of one Clark Kent, just like the scene at the bar with the waitress. Imagine Lois, already slowly bleeding to death stabbed by a killer security robot. And then Arctic Joe, who’s still just a stranger to her, appears out of nowhere and simply crushes the said killer robot with his bare hands. She’s hurt and scared out of her mind and of course her first instinct is to get herself away from him.

But Clark is incredibly attuned to how she perceives him. So as he rushes to help her, he keeps saying over and over again, “It’s all right, it’s all right.” He lets her know upfront that he’s not going to harm her. He waits until she manages to hold eye contact with him. He waits until she nods her consent to examine her wound. He explains to her what has happened, and what he’s going to do to help her. He tells her to hold his hand because he knows it’s going to hurt. Although his intention is good and he’s only trying to save her, Clark still takes the time and care to ensure that Lois feels completely safe first. He’s not going to do anything until she’s okay with him. 

It’s such a short scene, but says so much about our permeating culture of fear and force and how we can change that in the smallest of ways. There’s not even a slightest hint of skin or any attempt to sexify a legitimately agonizing experience. This scene shows so much respect to Lois Lane both as a person and as a woman. 

And to speak of a lesser degree about how MoS takes cliche imageries about women and turning them on their heads — Lara’s birth scene. I was already preparing myself to resign to Lara’s portrayal simply as a vessel. Not only MoS doesn’t reduce her to that, but she also becomes one of the bravest, courageous, most enduring characters in the film to me.

this was really insightful. much appreciated.





"Unfortunately it’s a hollow decision because Superman just saved four people after letting hundreds of thousands die."

*tries to calm herself down*

Oh so we’re measuring superheroics in terms of numbers now? These are…



Friendly reminder that Lois Lane was able to track down “Joe” working backward, and not only from the points in the movie that WE saw him saving people. Starting at the Arctic site, she went to the bar and spoke to Chrissy, then the oil rig, and…oh wait there is no logical connection between the…



Surefire way to bring up the blood pressure — go into the “man of steel” tag and watch people being hypocritical when comparing MoS and CA.

Clark Kent does not mope at any point of the movie. He simply DOES NOT DO THIS. This is complete bullshit and just because you repeat it a million times…