Heroes: Born Or Made?

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With the release of Kick Ass 2 on Blu-ray™ and DVD this month, what better time to celebrate all things superhero!

It’s pretty difficult to dislike Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s portrayal of the well-intentioned teenager Dave Lizewski’s mission to become the real-life superhero, Kick Ass. But can self-made superheroes like Kick Ass really live up to the giant personas of those who are born as superheroes?

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One beloved superhero (from birth) is Clark Kent, aka Superman, who is adopted by a couple in Smallville after his biological father sends him to Earth in a spaceship to escape the destruction of his home planet, Krypton. After training in the Fortress of Solitude for twelve years where he masters flying and time travel, his achievements may seem a far cry from Kick Ass and Hit Girl’s after school project to save the world.

Another well-known character from comic books and films is Wonder Woman. In a way, she’s the opposite of Kick Ass in that she temporarily relinquishes her powers to live as a human when boyfriend Steve is wrongly convicted of crime. But her power can’t be underestimated, as she was trained by the Amazon warriors and can defend herself using her bulletproof bracelets.

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There are also superheroes like Batman, who have no superhuman powers but very strong scientific knowledge, detective skills, and athletic prowess, which also puts them at a high advantage.

One advantage of being a born superhero is that they’re stronger, although they still have to train to control their powers.  Batman can fly, which is something skill high-schooler Dave Lizewski and Mindy Macready are unlikely to ever master. In combat, a born superhero may always be better.

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However, being born a superhero seems to plague the character with problems, as they have no choice or control. As Superman is different to humans, he often feels lonely and isolated from others and retreats to the Fortress of Solitude. But becoming a superhero, for Kick Ass, makes his life much better and more fulfilled.

So when it comes to whether superheroes should be born or made, we think it’s swings and roundabouts really. As they say, some are born super, some achieve superheroism and others have superheroism thrust upon them.

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Alton loves film. He is founder and Editor In Chief of BRWC.  Some of the films he loves are Rear Window, Superman 2, The Man With The Two Brains, Clockwise, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, Trading Places, Stir Crazy and Punch-Drunk Love.

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