Nerdy as I am, I have never been much into comic books. Comic book movies
were more my thing - and later, a certain comic book TV show.
But I always used to ignore Superman entirely. For one thing, I typically associated it with the sort of camp
that dominated the Batman franchise until Tim Burton
came along, resurged after he left the project, and vanished again when Christopher Nolan took over.
For another, I considered Superman a little too vanilla. And there was the little problem of Superman being an alien, making him extremely difficult to relate to.
Then, when I heard Nolan was working with Zack Snyder
on a new Superman project,
and I started finding a number of interesting Smallville references on this very wiki, I gave in and decided to check out the show for the first time. This morning, I watched the pilot, and enjoyed it much more than I had thought I would five or more years ago.
It's riddled with possibly the most extreme case of Dawson Casting
I've ever seen, but the young actors were more than capable of otherwise being convincing as 14-to-15-year-old high schoolers. The story - a young man, his body frozen in time for twelve years and given a deadly electrokinetic ability - wouldn't have been out of place on an early Buffy.
Clark's wish to be on the football team (and being denied by his father) made me think of what The Incredibles
would have been like if Dash had been a teenager. The effects, while a bit dated, were nevertheless pretty damn good even compared to certain more recent shows.
The writing is also really good, too - after all, the creators later wrote the movie I Am Number Four,
one of my all-time faves.
But what I really liked was the scene in which Clark was stripped to his boxers and trussed up as the scarecrow. So many metaphors there. The Christ reference, obviously. The "S" on his chest, referencing not only Smallville High, but also the iconic Superman logo. And, of course, the whole idea of the scene being a symbol of the creators' intention to take the Superman mythos to its basics.
And thus beginneth my journey into the world of Smallville.
Now cue the Archive Panic