I really wanted to like Man of Steel.
But when one gets down to what the film is implicitly–and, sometimes quite explicitly– communicating, it is sadly, but not unexpectedly, anti-White.
The movie begins with a depiction of Krypton. The Kryptonians are an advanced race, whose misuse of their planet’s natural resources, motivated by an obviously “rich-old-white-man” stereotypical greed for more, has led to the destruction of their planet’s core. All thinking men and women on Krypton seem to know they are doomed.
Russel Crowe plays Jor-El, Superman’s father. His ideological nemesis is General Zod. Jor-El wants to save the Kryptonian race by seeding another planet with his posterity. What Zod wants is initially unclear, but he is depicted as a lover of violence, motivated by a zeal for his peoples’ survival. The unquestioned link between an exaggerated violence and a love of one’s people is established early on in the film, and whether these two aspects of the human spirit should be unquestionably chained together without justifying argument is never considered. One is just supposed to intuit, “Zod is angry about his people being wiped out. He’s the bad guy.”
And from this point onward, the themes of this movie are painted in broad strokes, with hardly any subtlety:
Universalism is good. Nationalism is bad. Love of one’s people is villainy. You should learn trust the benevolent alien among us.
Zod is a man who loves his people, and wants to save his race. This is painted as a bad thing, and Zod’s militaristic zeal and violence is used as justification for this qualification (as if the two qualities are inseparable). Over and over throughout the film, Zod seeks peace with his foes, and tries to tell them that his only concern is the survival of his people.
It is Russell Crowe, Jor-El, the liberal minded Kryptonian scientist who has broken the laws of his people, stolen the artifact necessary for the survival of his people, hidden it in his infant son, and sent him away, who has condemned all living Kryptonians to death on Krypton, simply because of the collective “crimes” of the past. Jor-El could have aided Zod in finding a solution that could save them all. But Jor-El is obviously filled with a disgust of his own race, and wants them all to perish, with the exception of his own son. He condemns all other families to extinction.
When Zod later confronts Superman, the issue at stake is still the survival of the Kryptonian race. But the issue is again clouded by an either/or decision that has no basis in reality. The two choices presented are suicidal universalism or genocidal supremacism. Either you support the erosion and extinction of your own (Kryptonian) race, or you want to save your people and wipe out all other living things. This is a strong social message on the theme of nationalism: either you accept all of humanity in a multicultural sea of non-identity, or you are an ethnic supremacist who is hellbent on slaughtering millions.
That’s the message of Man of Steel: Forget your people. Embrace the Other.
Indeed, toward the end of the film, Superman invades Zod’s ship, and Zod pleads with Superman to not destroy the ship, because in doing so he would destroy his whole race. Superman replies, “They had their chance.”
Doesn’t that sum up the whole non-White world’s verdict on the White race? “You had your chance,” they tell us. “You’ve had your day in the sun. And now you must pay for it.” And they repeat it so much that we, like Superman, pronounce the verdict of racial guilt on ourselves: “We’ve had our chance.”
And because we rose to such great heights, and are still consistently able to do so, we must assume the judgment of the whole world.
After all the action dies down, a government official asks Superman how they can know that Superman won’t do something that threatens America’s interests. Superman replies that America will just have to trust him. Just so, that’s the instruction we Whites will receive as we hand over our identity as a people to those who most certainly do not have our best interests at heart. “Trust us,” say the hordes of universalism and diversity.
And these are the two philosophical pillars of Man of Steel:
- Forget your people.
- Trust the Other.
Man of Steel is anti-White.