Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Superhero Persona

Why are people seemingly hooked to superhero characters? Is it just because of their perfect looks? their special powers and abilities? or is it because that many can identify with these characters? Whatever the reason may be, superheroes have been the epitome of the indomitable will of the human spirit regardless of their internal struggles and challenges that they incessantly face.

This is probably the very fabric of an alternate reality that a lot of people can relate to, I myself included. Even the creators of these characters, like the famous Stan Lee, admits that all the Marvel characters he created spawned from human emotions and possibly traumatic experiences. These characters therefore offer a form of "escape" from the real world and is sought after by kids who fantasize and wish that they are those very heroes they read in comic books.

I grew up with that kind of mindset and it was merely a stage in my life as it was for a lot of kids from my generation. I was lucky enough to have witnessed these characters come to life in the big screen starting with Christopher Reeve as the very first Superman I knew, then a host of other actors portrayed the iconic Kal-El from Krypton.

Christopher Reeve (RIP)
portrayed Superman 1978 - 1987
Henry Cavill
portrayed Superman 2013
currently filming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
for 2016 release

Superman has been the most revered and well-loved character both in the comic books and in the silver screen. It's no wonder why anyone can relate to him and why his famous "S" shield has been printed in shirts, school supplies, posters and the like.

Because of Superman's phenomenal success in the box office, comic book and merchandise sales, movie producers started to look into other potential characters that can likewise have a huge impact in the movie industry.

X-men, Wolverine, Hulk, Spiderman, Iron man, Thor, Avengers, to name a few made huge waves in the box office and I was again thrilled to see these characters on-screen that I grew up reading only in comic books.

We all have a child in us and it's just that a lot of us have chosen to forget it amidst all the hardships we encounter in our fast-paced lives. The superhero character may be an alternate persona for some or a character to identify with or just plain old fun that we sometimes have to experience every once in a while.

As for me, it was a form of escape from bullying during my childhood years and a persisting testament to my dedication to constantly maintain my health despite having an immuno-compromised system at my current age. It made me realize what I am capable of achieving and my ability of going above and beyond my limitations I never even thought possible. 

Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man

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