Shrimp, Romance, and Man of Steel

My girlfriend and I saw Man of Steel last night.  Some of you who listen to the podcast or know me in person know my girlfriend has a name and that name is Neena.  For those of you just clicking over to this page because you saw the notice posted on Facebook or if you just landed on this blog via the randomness of the Internet, her name is still Neena.  So we can all agree that her name is Neena, okay?

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This is me drinking with my friends. This pic appropriately encapsulates the experience that is bottoming out.

Good; moving on, before going to the movie Neena and I went out to eat.  I had shrimp and a couple of drinks.  For those of you who know and understand me, you know I like to deaden my emotions with a good drink.  For those of you who don’t know and understand me, don’t panic about my enjoyment of a good drink.  Or do panic.  I don’t really care as long as you keep reading.

As for the movie following dinner, both Neena and I were amped for Man of Steel.  Who doesn’t love a good superhero tale and even more tantalizingly, who doesn’t love a good superhero cinema reboot?  Huh?  Man of Steel is yet another Superman reboot following the previous Superman movie in 2006 (which was a reboot of the Christopher Reeve Superman movies from the 1970s and 80s.  The Reeve Superman was a reboot of the 1940s Kirk Alyn Superman, which in turn was a reboot of the real Superman – Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States.  (I think that’s how it goes.  I’m not a Superman historian so I could be wrong.)

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Brandon Routh as Superman in Superman Returns. This pic appropriately encapsulates the experience that was Superman Returns. Source: www.listal.com

Anywho, I distinctly remember two things about that last reboot, Superman Returns:

  1. In the days prior to its release I kept thinking, “I’m pretty excited for the Superman reboot!” and,
  2. As I walked out of the theater having just watched the dismal Superman Returns I thought, “In a few years I’ll be pretty excited for the next Superman reboot!”

And well, a few years turned into 7 years and the Superman reboot I dreamed of after that last Superman reboot has finally arrived!  This time it’s called Man of Steel (that title is way cooler than the last one.  So far, so good for Man of Steel!) and with its return, so, too, did my excitement return!  I was so pumped walking into the movie theater last night that I had nearly completely forgotten the parachute-less dead-fall jump my emotions took during the two-and-one-half-hour duration of Superman Returns, from pre-movie excitement to post-movie ennui!

I asked myself while watching the pre-movie preview commercials (i.e., the commercials the theater plays before the movie previews), “Hollywood can’t screw me twice, can they?”  And I answered, “No way, broseph!  Hollywood is a trusted conglomeration of the best corporations who produce cinematic art and entertainment!  When has Hollywood done me wrong?”

“Who are you talking to?” asked a mysterious voice from inside the movie theater.

“Who said that?” I asked, turning in my seat toward the mysterious voice.

It was Neena.  “Oh,” I answered.  Apparently I was talking aloud.  As an aside, Neena’s voice is not mysterious.  Her voice is the perfect pitch and tone and angelic and totally recognizable.  Totally.  Really, it is.  Always.  Except for this one time.  I’m serious.

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The Department of Neena has redacted this pic of Neena playing with her smart phone while in my company. This pic would have appropriately encapsulated date night.

Luckily, Neena accepted my gracious apology and went back to her very important Instagramming work she was doing on her smart phone, allowing me to return to my monologue.  I continued, this time using my ‘For Cody Only Voice,’ thinking when the last reboot was released in 2006 I was sooo young (in fact, I was 26 years young!) and impressionable (in fact, I was still clinging to my hopes and dreams!)!  Now, in 2013, I’m an emotionally hardened (in fact, I’ve developed a drinking problem – for an example, see the second paragraph of this post!) man (in fact, I’m 33 years old – the same age as Superman in Man of Steel!  That’s just a cool coincidence.  That’s all.  In no way do I think of myself as Superman.  That’s foolish.  Well, I don’t think of myself as Superman anymore.  In my younger days, sure.  I thought I was invincible, handsome, and I had the power of flight.  I don’t think that way anymore, though.  Nope.  I’m that emotionally hardened 33 year-old, after all.).

Sure I was disappointed with the last reboot, but that can’t happen again!?  Can it?  Well, you’ll just have to listen to Episode 55 of The Trailer Home Podcast when it is released on June 28 to find out if Man of Steel left me as happy as a wide-eyed 26 year-old dreamer not having seen Superman Returns or as numb as a dead-eyed 33 year-old drunkard having the misfortune of seeing Superman Returns!

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