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Trump is no Superman

March 24, 2016

CALEB DANIEL

Managing Editor | cds020@latech.edu

love a good story. Whether in books, movies, video games or comics, a well-told story can draw me into it until I almost believe it’s real.

Part of my passion for stories comes from the idea that the good ones, no matter how fantastical, convey messages of real-world significance inside their fictional packaging.

These insightful glimpses of reality inside imaginary worlds are the focus of my Fact In Fiction columns. The first of these columns tells a story of two men, one regrettably fictional, and the other even more regrettably real.

I’m talking, of course, about Superman and Donald Trump.

Let me explain.

In 2013, “Injustice: Gods Among Us,” a DC Comics fighting game, hit the shelves with grand commercial success. Soon after, “Injustice”-themed comic books followed suit.

The storyline of “Injustice” presented the next generation’s take on the Man of Tomorrow, a much darker one. After suffering enormous loss, Superman (albeit one from an alternate universe) decides to eliminate war and crime once and for all by forcibly seizing control of the world.

His intentions are noble at first. He simply wants the world to be better, and he enforces his vision by deposing dictators across the globe.

But slowly the power corrupts Superman, leading him to commit such atrocities as killing fellow superheroes and “making an example” of the cities he used to protect.

This idea of questioning Superman’s place in the world looks to be a theme explored in the new “Batman vs. Superman” film premiering this month, and parts of it sound a lot like my impression of this election year’s most controversial Presidential candidate.

When I listen to Donald Trump speak, I hear a self-appointed Superman. Trump asks his supporters to stop placing their faith in society, or in themselves, or in the governmental system. Trump wants America’s faith to be in one person: Trump.

Trump claims he can single-handedly lift America from its current state and restore it to its former glory. He vows to do what he thinks needs to be done, and he’s hinted that he’ll go around the law to do it. God knows it wouldn’t be his first time.

Trump paints himself as a real-life Superman, a man who is somehow capable of doing things for the country that no one else can do.

In many ways, Trump is akin to this new version of Superman, only without the powers, charm or good intentions. Oh, and Superman’s hair is better.

The Man of Steel is eventually defeated, his regime overthrown, and the world restored to independence. If becoming the world’s lone savior didn’t work for Superman, how can it possibly go well if Trump gets the chance?

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