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What Could Superman Learn From The Lone Ranger?

Updated on July 10, 2013

What could Superman learn from The Lone Ranger?

Last week with Mark away at Camp Joy and rain every day, the wife and I did something we have never done in 37 years of marriage. We saw two movies at the theatre within one five day period.

On the way home from Flat Rock, NC we stopped to see the latest blockbuster version of Superman which is called "Man of Steel". Our ten year old granddaughter had already told me that the movie was boring, that it had too much special effects and not enough story. She also said that the part where Superman's father died was the best part. I should have listened to her.

I knew this would be a darker movie that the Christopher Reeves versions, but still the special effects fight scenes in Metropolis were too long, too violent and too reminiscent of New York's September 11th. Building after building was demolished, punched through or nearly destroyed by the fight between Zod and Superman. We imagined those make believe buildings were filled with make believe people and the loss of life in a battle like this one would have been, well, epic.

I don't read many movies reviews but it seems that most critics hated The Lone Ranger but liked Man of Steel. Critics must be smarter than me. I liked parts of Man Of Steel, but tend to agree with the grand. The death of Pa Kent (Kevin Costner) was the best part of the movie.

The Lone Ranger was a much better experience. I bought the tickets online and got the senior discount. When we arrived my wife showed her ID and they settled for my face.

Critics have been bashing this movie online and some of the criticism is fair. There was little here for Native Americans to feel good about.

But for those of us old enough to get that senior discount, the memories of the Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels version is enough to make this movie worthwhile. I tell you when the William Tell Overture kicks in toward the end of this movie, the decades slip away and you're back in a simpler time. A time when it was easy to believe in two men who knew right from wrong, who knew where they stood, and who believed in fighting for justice.

That's what Superman could learn from The Lone Ranger: We want to be entertained, lifted up, not bludgeoned.


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    • resspenser profile imageAUTHOR

      Ronnie Sowell 

      4 years ago from South Carolina

      Perhaps each has it's place.Thanks for dropping by Dr.

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      William Leverne Smith 

      4 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Just mention The Lone Ranger or let me hear the William Tell Overture... and I'm on it. Thanks for your reviews of the two movies. I'll stick with the Christopher Reeves and George Reeves Superman as well as the Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels versions of The Long Ranger... thank you, very much. Of course, who really cares what a 75 year old thinks, right? ;-)

    • resspenser profile imageAUTHOR

      Ronnie Sowell 

      5 years ago from South Carolina

      Story, you lived near Clayton Moore? Wow! It's unfortunate that he did not make more money on the shows. Thanks for reading and the neat comment!

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      5 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      I have yet to see either and am uncertain whether I will. But your review hit home. I loved Reeves as Superman-- he was compassionate. I hate the escalation of violence-- triangulating equa-distant from my home, you will discover both Aurora and Columbine.

      The original Lone Ranger actor moved near my home when I was still a trick or treater. He was broken and bitter-- he received no royalties from replays of his show. For Halloween, he handed out signed photos-- said he could not afford candy.

      I will take your excellent personal opinion to heart as I decide whether or not to watch either movie!!!

    • resspenser profile imageAUTHOR

      Ronnie Sowell 

      5 years ago from South Carolina

      Peachpurple, thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment. I've not seen many Johnny Depp movies, but I enjoyed him in this.

    • peachpurple profile image


      5 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      me neither. I hadn't watch any of these movies yet. Saw the reviews and trailer. I still think that Lone Ranger will stand out as the best. With Johnny Depp, any movie will be a hit. Voted up

    • resspenser profile imageAUTHOR

      Ronnie Sowell 

      5 years ago from South Carolina

      Thanks WillStarr. I liked both but I think you'd like The Lone Ranger better.

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      Ronnie Sowell 

      5 years ago from South Carolina

      Wow, Stevennix2001! That comment was longer than the movie! I can't disagree with anything you said or argue the Superman fight scenes took place in a logical place. It was just over the top for me.

      Also you are right about Johnny Depp and that they could have had a real Native play Tonto. They also could have gotten somebody big to play Jack Reacher but there you go.

    • WillStarr profile image


      5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      We haven't seen either film yet, so thanks for the well written review!

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      Steven Escareno 

      5 years ago

      Although I disagree with most of what you just said about "man of steel", as I thought it was the best superman movie ever made. And yes, I'm a huge superman fan that's been following the character well since my high school days as well, and loved the original Christopher Reeves movies. Heck, I've even started to watch a few of the old George Reeves episodes for kicks sometimes. Having said all that, I honestly thought the man of the steel was a great movie because they nailed all the key essential elements on what makes superman who he is.

      Granted, he's moping wondering what he wants do with his life throughout the first third of the film, but you have to remember that it's a modern retelling of the story. As for the destruction that happened in metropolis, that was zod's fault. And you and I both know that Zod is not a stupid villain, and he's almost as strong as superman himself. Therefore, superman couldn't just drag him out to an unpopulated area, nor would he be able to coerce zod into following him because Zod wouldn't want to give up such a strategic advantage.

      You have to remember Zod is a military general, so of course he's going to try to take the fight into a heavily populated area because he knows that's superman's weakness, as that's even explained in the man of steel as well. Plus, you have to also remember that the man of steel is only the beginning of the story, as it sets up clark to become the superman that you and i know and love.

      As for the critics, i don't know what critics you follow, but you might need to check your sources again. No offense. A simple look at shows that man of steel got mixed reviews from film critics, as it only earned like around 53% in positive reviews. I don't know if you've heard of that site, but it basically gives you a general idea how well a film is doing among audiences, film critics and box office numbers. You should check it out sometime if your a movie fan.

      As for the lone ranger, i agree with you that it was a fun movie to watch; although I completely disagree with Tonto's casting. No offense to Depp, but Tonto needed to be played by either a full blood native american, or at least a half blood, because that's one of the key essential elements to who tonto is.

      Don't get me wrong, I'm not a racist or anything, as I for one don't mind when characters change up ethnicities, or when a character like "Batman" and "Spider-Man", for example, are played by foreign actors; as long as that character's race has nothing to do with one of the core essential elements on who that character is.

      Heck, I was one of the few Dragon Ball Z fans that didn't get upset over Justin Chatwin being cast in the role of Goku in "Dragonball Evolution." Everyone complained because they thought only an Asian guy should play him because the film would be an adaptation of a popular anime series, and to be honest, I would've cast an asian guy too if i was doing the casting for "Dragonball Evolution." However, after I thought about it, there's nothing about being Asian that defines Goku as a character.

      I mean lets look at the facts for a minute. Goku comes from another planet, and his grandpa gets killed when he's very young. He ends up on a quest to gather the dragonballs by a girl from the west named Bulma. They end up on an adventure to save the world from an enemy that wants to use the dragonballs to take over the world. Granted, the film outright sucked, but it certainly didn't suck because of Justin Chatwin, as the script and direction was just horrendous in that film.

      As for what does this have to do with Tonto, I'll get into that now. Lets look at all the key essential elements on what makes tonto's character.

      For starters, he's the lone ranger's sidekick, and friend. He's a native american that nurses the lone ranger back to health after his band of rangers were ambushed, and he was left for dead.

      Now, I'll give the film credit that they got most of the key essential elements to tonto's character, but they missed one very important aspect...he's native american; hence you need a native american to play his part. Don't get me wrong, I love Johnny Depp as an actor, and I'm well aware that he claims to be like one fourth or one eighth native american on his dad's side or whatever. However, that still doesn't excuse the fact that he looks nothing like a native american.

      Heck, I could easily find out tomorrow that my great great great great great grandad might've been black on my father's side too, but that doesn't mean i can play the part of Martin Luthor King Jr. in a biopic because for starters...I don't look like a black guy. It's the same thing with Depp. He may have indian blood coursing through his veins, but he looks nothing like a native american; thus he was horribly miscast in this part as tonto.

      Don't get me wrong, I can understand why the studio wanted him because they were hoping his name alone would sell the film. Plus, he's a great actor, and with the character's ethnicity aside for a moment, I honestly thought Depp was funny to watch in the lone ranger, and found him to be one of the bright spots of the film. However, I just wish he was full blooded native american, or that we could've gotten a full blooded native american to play tonto instead of depp. Granted, it's not his fault he was cast as that part, but I do blame Disney for that completely, as I wouldn't be surprised if part of the reason the lone ranger bombed was because some people found the casting of depp to be a racist move; which I think it kind of is. No offense to depp, but he has no business playing tonto.

      All that aside, I thought the Lone Ranger was a fun film to watch. Like you, I too got excited and ramped up when they played that classic theme song around the ending. Plus, I especially loved the ending when the lone ranger says his trademark line, and then tonto says, "Never do that again", and they ride off into the sunset. That part was funny as heck.

      Anyway, thanks for writing this, as i'll be sure to vote this hub up.


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