Slum clearance was a topic that we briefly touched on Thursday with our guest speaker. It reminded me of Man of Steel, where Superman tore down slums to push back against the government, forcing them to build public housing. I believe this insinuates that Superman was biased towards small towns. Clark grew up in the countryside where he lived relatively safe and happy life, aside from the bullying at school. However, Superman only appears in the city, which insinuates that he is only needed in the city because the city is the location of danger and crime. By tearing down slums and building public housing, it gives that area a suburban-like atmosphere, which he believes will eliminate crime in the area. This idea is the exact opposite of urbanization.
Additionally, I think it is important to note that while Superman is trying to help the city by tearing down the slums, he is committing a crime. This is destruction of property. This was another idea that was mentioned on Thursday. He breaks and bends laws in order to do “good” and acquire justice. This idea led me to think about other human or human-like icons. I found many icons believed in this idea. One icon that immediately came to mind was Rosa Parks. She broke the law when she refused to give up her seat but she did this to acquire justice. I believe this illustrates the fine line between right and wrong. I find it interesting that Superman crosses this line but is still considered a hero.