Friday, June 14, 2013

Superman: Just another uptight guy in tights

Where would Clark Kent go to change into tights in the era of cell phones? Henry Cavill ponders many heavy, existential questions in "Man of Steel."

With today's release of the summer action flick "Man of Steel," Emory Looks at Hollywood focuses on the classic hero's journey of Clark Kent and Superman.

Sure, a lot of adolescents think that they're bullet proof and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. But Clark Kent really possesses those special powers. Growing up with his "normal" parents, he embodies a super-sized version of adolescent angst, says Jared DeFife, an Emory assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences.

Clark Kent's unique strength and talents are also the things that distance him from other people. Like most kids, he just wants to fit in. That adolescent identity struggle "is something we can all relate to," DeFife says. Watch the video below for his complete analysis.
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