Is it a man? Is it a bird? No! Mums ~ It's a Superhero! Whoosh! And our small, caped crusading Superman (sorry, mixing him up with Batman... NANA!!!) just flew past with tea-towel outstretched and wrapped about him, on his way to save the world, defeat the bad guys, and rescue a dog from an exploding volcano.
When I was asked at age four, what I wanted to be when I grew up, I said: "Superman". I pursued this career choice with conviction. I wore the costume everywhere, to the shops, to friends' parties and under my school uniform, conflating expectations of my physical prowess and resulting in a very sore knee and a badly bruised ego.
Out of darkness appeared a relatively unknown director with a vision to make superheroes appear more realistic and believable, Christopher Nolan. He transformed Batman from the campy, cheap days of Tim Burton and the dark dark days of George Clooney, into the Dark Knight (the brilliant kind of dark, the kind that builds suspense, that has an edge).
The reaction to the Batman/Superman film literally brought tears to some fans' eyes at Comic-Con on Saturday. A project which previously failed to take off with Wolfgang Petersen at the reins in 2004, it is an aggressive and bold effort by DC Comics to match Marvel's output. But it is the wrong approach and demeaning to Batman, a character who has just fronted three thrilling pictures.