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More powerful than a locomotive (and sounding like one, too)


Gazette staff June 19th, 2013

It’s a bird! It’s a plane!

Credit: Brad Gregg

No, it’s a blog post giving tornado tips on Superman’s behalf.

The Dallas Morning News’ “Guide Live Pop Culture” blog last week reaffirmed to readers — particularly those who experienced May’s tornadoes in North Texas and Oklahoma — that Kevin Costner has no idea what he’s talking about (as if we didn’t already know that from his Golden Globes acceptance speech earlier this year).

In the blockbuster flick Man of Steel, Costner, who plays Clark Kent’s human father, instructs his family and others in jeopardy of an approaching tornado that they must take shelter under a highway overpass.

But as the DMN blog pointed out, that’s “the opposite of what storm safety officials advise because the underpass creates a wind tunnel effect.”

In its discussion of the movie’s tornado scene, the blog cited an Associated Press interview in which Man of Steel director Zack Snyder pondered the connection between Superman and this year’s devastating twisters.

“If anything, we feel like our Superman has a connection — not to make light of it — to the kind of grief that happens during those kinds of natural disasters,” said Snyder. “Also, in a sad way, even Superman can’t change that.”

No, Zack. Superman can’t change that, or really relate to May’s natural disasters at all, because of the whole fiction-reality complex.

But Henry Cavill, the human actor who plays Superman/Clark Kent/ Kal-El, said something super-nice in the piece: “I hope that everyone who can salvage things can salvage things, grieve if they need to grieve, move on from stuff and repair and rebuild, if they have the opportunity. I can’t even imagine what it’s like.”

While its an admirable sentiment, what many North Texans and Oklahomans really would like to know for sure is if the powerful winds of the cinematic twister are what stole Superman’s conspicuously classic red underwear from his skintight getup.

OK, maybe it’s just us. What gives?


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