Superman Redux …

A Dialogue from the Kill Bill : Vol 2 script.

It’s Bill speaking – the one who’s supposed to get killed as the title suggests. z

I find the whole mythology surrounding superheroes fascinating. Take my favorite superhero, Superman.
Not a great comic book.
Not particularly well-drawn


But the mythology…
The mythology is not only great, it’s unique.
Now, a staple of the superhero mythology is, there’s the superhero and there’s the alter ego.

Batman is actually Bruce Wayne,
Spider-Man is actually Peter Parker.

When that character wakes up in the morning, he’s Peter Parker. He has to put on a costume to become Spider-Man.

And it is in that characteristic Superman stands alone. Superman didn’t become Superman.
Superman was born Superman.
When Superman wakes up in the morning, he’s Superman. His alter ego is Clark Kent.

His outfit with the big red “S”, that’s the blanket he was wrapped in as a baby when the Kents found him. Those are his clothes.

What Kent wears – the glasses, the business suit – that’s the costume.

That’s the costume Superman wears to blend in with us.

Clark Kent is how Superman views us.

And what are the characteristics of Clark Kent.
He’s weak… he’s unsure of himself… he’s a coward.

Clark Kent is Superman’s critique on the whole human race.”

Hearing the whole dialogue makes my nerves tingle. Reminds me of a certain Sachin Tendulkar. This is not going to be a post on how great he is, or how humble he is, or his genius or even what a model human being he is. Neither is this about how the Don compared ST to himself.

One talks about his failure in the second innings’, one talks about his failure to perform under pressure, one talks about him not winning enough matches for India. One also talks about looking at mirrors.

To answer all those ‘ones’ I don’t intend to reinvent the wheel. So borrowing the well written dialogue, I rest my case.

With apologies (and gratitude) to Mr Quentin Tarantino.

Posted by Rahul.


14 thoughts on “Superman Redux …

  1. Superbly written… as always… Brilliant!

    Though I might not agree with the content entirely…

    Sachin is comparable to Superman in his “innate brilliance” and possibly no other mortal can come close to him in cricketing talent… unfortunately, cricket is a team sport and Sachin’s brilliance has only occasionally benefited the team…

    There are lesser mortals in the world of cricket who have helped their team win more often…

  2. Thanks Ashu..

    I agree he may have underachieved his god given talent. I have pointed out his weaknesses in the article and I am not saying that the critics are wrong. It’s just my take as a fan on the guy. I had written this article some time back, but was waiting for a lean patch when all daggers would be out. Manjrekar’s comments provided that opportunity. And his innings today was the icing on the cake.


  3. just like statistic of his second innings avg can not change and to his stupendous first innings avg too…

    one such innings can not change that either…

    its not rocket science that he has failed in this series…

    this series was special in the sense that lots of yougsters were given chances and being senior pro he should have been the guiding force (in terms of performance in this series) which he failed to do so along with sehwag and yuvraj who by noway can be called juniors now…

    he just waisted his good form from tests as is sehwag…

    also qestioning of performace in particlar series can not or should not be taken as criticism on whole career…

  4. Hi there Straight Point,

    Thanks for stopping by and great to see your blog up and running as well as it is. Great show there !

    About Sachin, the point is simply that criticism is too easily levelled. The second innings average that has found mention in the press is short term – his career 2nd innings average is 42.42 against an overall average of 43.89 – not bad for consistency.

    About this series, while even he seems to agree tha the hasnt maximised his potential, isnt it a case of expecting the earth everytime? This series has been a number of low scoring games and has seen most openers struggle. Pitches and the Kookaburra in the first 12-15 overs I guess contributed to that in some measure ….

    I have actually begun to enjoy these critic articles every once in a while. The last time Kapil Dev spoke about how he does not perform in crunch matches, he got a cracker 90 odd in England. Now, Sanjay Manjrekar brings up the 2nd innings, and Sunny Gavaskar and Peter Roebuck talk about him batting lower down and this innings happens …

    Cheers ..

  5. There is a saying in Tamil (a very local one mind you):

    “Ladoo kuduthu lavada vaangadha” which translates to don’t offer unnecessary advice (which is the ladoo) and get back a lavada (you boys north of the Vindhyas all know what that means if we Tamilians know what it is). Now to which cricket journo can we use this classical idiom?

  6. Hahahahah Prabu ,

    Great to see you here after a decent while . And very appropriate comment – although I know what traffic search engines will send to me now (from north and south of the Vindhyas).


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