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SUPERHERO MOVIES: A CULTURAL BAROMETER

One of the best insights into a society’s mental state is through the pop culture it produces. In that sense, America has declined dramatically since 1977’s Superman: The Movie, in which Clark Kent’s father teaches his powerful son to be guided by duty and love of country. In last year’s Man of Steel, Clark’s father teaches him to hide his powers and fear the government…and with good cause, we soon discover. And here’s the screenwriter of the mega-popular X-Men franchise summarizing its postmillennial appeal: “There’s always suspicion of large organizations in immense amounts of power, whether it’s a corporation or a government, or an evil society of mutants. Especially when they are all working together.” Slam-dunked that one, X-guy.