In reading up on Superman, I’m struck by how old the character is. Superman is a WWII era super-being that comes from another planet to save the world from itself and intergalactic enemies. In 1938 Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster of Cleveland, OH created and sold the first edition to then publisher Action Comics. In the context of the Depression and WWII, Siegel and Shuster were two young Jewish men from Cleveland seeking fame, riches, adoration and Superman lighted the way. 2013’s “Man of Steel” is an entertaining flashback to the all-American heroism of Siegel and Shuster’s creation: despite growing pains, you are destined for greatness and that greatness is white, male and sexier than you’ll ever be. In this installment, we view the creation story and experience Superman as the salvation of all humanity (and Krypton). Now, this is an unabashedly sentimental film about a middle-America young ‘man’, with superb values, and unparalleled talents –there are a number of supporting women characters and people of color, though we can always do better. If you can’t deal with that, you’ll hate the flick. To our benefit, British filmmaker Christopher Nolan, of recent Batman trilogy fame, serves as story writer and producer. Superman is a character, like Batman, born from the mind of Americans, many first generation, as an antidote to exclusion and triumph of ideal morals. However, isn’t it interesting that some of the best cinematic depictions of American superhero gumption have been made when the British are calling the shots?