Whenev­er most people go ice skat­ing, they usu­ally begin by cling­ing onto the bar­ri­er going around the edge of the rink. I am no excep­tion, but con­sid­er­ing that I hadn’t skated in close to ten years, I was pleas­antly sur­prised that I was able to skate away from the bar­ri­er after only about ten minutes on the edge. I was able to build up some reas­on­able speed, and I didn’t even fall over once.

Des­pite the cold, I worked up a sweat, and I must have had a con­sid­er­able workout since my ham­strings felt tender for the next couple of days.

After that, we went to see Super­man Returns. The intro had me wrapped: it was essen­tially an updated ver­sion of the intro in the first movie. Unfor­tu­nately, I feel they bor­rowed too much from the ori­gin­al four films. Unlike Bat­man Begins (which I loved), Super­man Returns, as its name implies, is a con­tinu­ation and not a reboot. Lex Luthor was dark­er, but still felt like a bum­bling buf­foon sur­roun­ded by even great­er buf­foons. He played a min­im­al role in the film, with a large chunk of time going to Lois Lane. Lois, I feel, was very poorly writ­ten for and cas­ted. What happened to the sassy report­er that off­set the goody-goody Clark Kent so well? This Lois was like a wet blanket on the whole plot.

Super­man him­self was pretty darn good. The prob­lem with Super­man, though, is that he’s too darn power­ful. Lex Luthor is a power­ful adversary with his evil geni­us, but if you want a char­ac­ter to match Super­man in raw power you’d have to look towards the likes of Dark­seid or Dooms­day. For the movie fran­chise to sur­vive, I think they will have to branch away from Luthor, but hope­fully not as badly as was done in Super­man III.

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