Refining the Man of Steel: What the Frack? Superman goes green
In what is clearly the green bias of Hollywood, Man of Steel had a not so thinly veiled reference to the energy problems of planet Earth and what is going on in government. Krypton is literally being torn apart because its ruling class decided to harvest the planet’s core for energy.
Krypton’s leading scientist Jor-El, a man genetically engineered and socially raised to be a scientist, warned the leaders of Krypton of the danger. Yet, even as the planet is exploding in seismic upheaval and the army run by General Zod is staging a coup because of the crisis, the leaders continue to ignore the consequences of their actions. They tell Jor-El that he knows they were out of energy reserves and they didn’t have anything else they could do.
This problem is something that had been occurring over the course of decades, and as it got worse, Krypton pulled away from exploring other planets, abandoned already established outposts and left all Kryptonians to be destroyed. They had no backup plan to solve the problem. They just continued to exploit the planet’s resources. When Zod breaks into the ruling council’s chamber, Jor-El tells him that his way is wrong. Zod claims that they can no longer wait for the ruling council to do their job and that it is a place of endless debates.
If none of this sounds familiar, think about Planet Earth. People continue to exploit natural resources like tar sands and oil shale. Not only do these resources when extracted leave a gaping scar on the land, the process known as “fracking” (which incidentally is a swear word on Battlestar Galactica) has been linked to causing earthquakes. Water from faucets can be lit on fire.
Meanwhile, the army is not necessarily staging a coup, but depots like the one in Tooele, UT are investing heavily in solar and wind power to save money. Up on Capitol Hill, there are endless debates about something that 98 percent of all scientists now believe to be happening – global warming is a problem, and man has caused it.
Man of Steel was one of the highest grossing films of 2013 even with its green message. Maybe it is time to look at the enemies that humans should be fighting. Man versus nature has never been deadlier, but it could be the uniting factor that mankind needs to become a global family.