The July issue of Vanity Fair features a photo spread of Superman Returns star Brandon Routh, by Jonas Karlsson. “With a square jaw and a six-foot-three-inch frame, Routh, aged 26, is buff enough to wear the boots and tights without drawing snickers,” the magazine writes. “More important, he’s goofy enough to play Clark Kent.”
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Does the world need a Superman?
While Vanity Fair ponders Routh’s physical features, the Sydney Morning Herald wonders how relevant a nearly 70-year-old crusader for truth, justice and the American way is in a morally complex 21st century.
“Relevant? I don’t know,” says Rowan Gillies, the president of international aid organisation Medecins Sans Frontieres. “But he fills a necessary void in our existence by the fact that he is not human in his actions.
“There is no doubt a human desire for clarity of good and evil, born out of our niggling concern that we harbour all shades of grey within each of our own psyches. I am convinced that all people are capable of both extremes. I think we know this deep in our hearts and need to convince ourselves falsely that we don’t have the capability to be evil, by leaning towards heroes such as Superman.
“In addition, the villains he combats give us something pure to oppose. We yearn for a pure devil that we can hate with extreme and uncomplicated passion. It is that purity that we search for in other parts of our lives, to combat the complexity of our lives.”
Kryptonian, 29, seeks friends …
MediaPost Publications reports that just five days after its low-key launch last week, the Superman Returns MySpace page had attracted 12,719 “friends.” That figure was from Thursday evening; as of the time of this post, the tally is 40,150.
As MediaPost notes, many of those are responding to the site’s “Show Your ‘S’” slogan, which encourages fans to upload photos of themselves sporting the Superman emblem. A slide show depicts people dressed in Superman-themed clothing, and showing off “S” tattoos.
The profile was designed by Deep Focus, which also created a MySpace page for HBO’s Entourage.
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