Published On: Mon, May 20th, 2013

What We Can Learn From World War Z And Man Of Steel

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World War Z
Point # 1, the book was amazing. That said, it would not make a very good movie. A movie needs characters that you can both relate to and feel for. The book jumps around too much for a movie. This looks like they are going to take elements from the book and meld them together into a story about one man.

Point # 2, an examination of human behavior; I’ve always been kind of fascinated by the idea of a zombie outbreak. Not because of the carnage or gore factor of it, but because of the idea of a serious outbreak that threatens society. This is similar to what happens to the world when a super virus hits or there is a lethal outbreak of the flu like in the 1920′s. But its intensity is raised up a notch. One thing that I’ve always been curious about is what the people at the top of the governments do when faced with these sudden bizarre circumstances. How do the governments, with all their resources and contingencies for different scenarios, handle this sudden unexpected fast moving lethal plague?

Previous movies have touched on this idea, but they have a throwaway line like, “I’ve heard rumors that the government has gone to a secure location,” or “the government is collapsed, we’re all that’s left.” I’ve always wanted to know the story of what’s going on behind the scenes in the war rooms. It’s fun to see a zombie movie where the guy who used to make french fries at the local burger place wakes up and everyone is gone or turned into zombies, but I want to know what happens when the type of people who beat the axis powers in World War II go into action. These are the people who break down all the logistics and factors such as developing new science like the atomic bomb, or understanding how taking out a ball bearing factory in Austria will weaken the enemy, or breaking a code can change the outcome of a military campaign. How do these people deal with this new threat to civilization? World War Z looks like it will be the first movie to explore that idea on a large scale and that’s why I’m pretty much ready to line up to buy my ticket today.

Man of Steel
Superman movieWe live in a world of terrorist threats and have to ask ourselves if an alien not from this world be looked at not just as a national threat, but also as a global one. I think that’s the tone this film is taking. How does someone like Superman fit in a world full of cynics, fear, and doubt. Most of us grew up accepting Superman because he was our comic savior, but if this was real there would always be doubt about his intentions. As seen in the trailer, one of the ways he deals with this is willingly submitting himself to questioning in handcuffs. He’s submitting himself to Earth’s security. He shows he does not see himself above the law. This is what distances Superman from Batman. This is a powerful, iconic image. Superman fights for those who can’t fight for themselves.

I’m hoping this story-line or at least the ending stays true to “Superman: Birthright” since they have clearly followed the comic legion religiously. The “S” logo was originally a modified version of the symbol for the House of EL in Kryptonian, but after the Birthright story arc in comics, it became a symbol for hope… which roughly translates as the same thing since Jor-El refused to leave Krypton before it’s fall as he believed he could save it. When it became apparent he could not, he sent his son Kal-El to Earth.

Somewhere in heaven, Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel are crying tears of joy. Here’s to hoping Cinepax doesn’t encounter any government issues acquiring distribution rights for either of them.

About the author: Zohaib is former CEO of Nadia Textiles and currently a franchisee for Pearl Continental Catering in Lahore and investor-founder of several B-corporations, notably Uth Oye.

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