Cinema Visit – Batman vs Superman

I used to love watching movies with my Dad when I was little. We woul sit and watch films and TV shows all the time and it is something in my childhood that I always cherish.


One of our favourite films when I was little was Superman. This is the 1978 version with Christopher Reeve and it has always been my benchmark for all the other Supermans to come. Understandably when Man of Steel came out once again me and Dad made our way to the cinema. I wasn’t sure if Dad would accept it, I’m still not sure if he had fully, but we were in awe of the darker effects filled version of our favourite character. 

Since then my son, and oldest daughter, has grown up to an age where they can watch the superhero genre. Jealously I stand by as they are spoiled with amazing films such as Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and the Avengers. I noticed the quality of programming that is available to the children of today. 

Realistically I’m not at all jealous, like my Dad I am still young enough to also enjoy these quality films, but I also have the privilege of the older versions of these beloved characters. 

So we sat there in awe, me, my Dad, my oldest Son and Daughter. The effects were spectacular, the plot was engaging, the Easter eggs and set ups for the next movies were rewarding. I won’t tell you anymore than that, I’m not a spoiler, not since I deduced who Bruce Willis’ character really was in Sixth sense and my friend told me off for telling him. But I will tell you it is an awesome film and well worth a watch.

On the way home my kids were talking about the movie, there favourite bits, did they enjoy it etc. They told me that it was miles better than that Hulk programme I made them watch. Laughing they remarked there films were better now than then.

Where as I can’t argue too much on that point it made me realise that I needn’t be jealous at all. I could watch their new versions, but it would be more difficult to get my kids to understand how good Lou Ferrignos Hulk was, or Micheal Keaton’s Batman.

 I can only hope that their appreciation will come in time with age. We finished our discussion with an interesting thought. What will their kids movies be like when they are my age? We think that movies now can’t get much better but they have done and they will. What will the next generation of superheroes look like. For now I’m enjoying the ones we have right now. They are awesome.



Lessons of the Fallen Hero

I relate myself to a superhero all the time in my head. Ha ha. This sounds really arrogant now that I say it out loud, but really the tales in the worlds of Marvel and DC must strongly resonate real life so that they remain relevant and relatable.
But what about when the hero falls?

I watch a lot of Superhero films and TV shows, and I have drawn a distinctive parralel between the two worlds.
I have noticed that these days the superhero rarely works alone. In the new TV series like The Flash and Arrow, they have a team working behind the scenes, guiding them to crimes, keeping the tech and suits working, problem solving. 
Our real life adventures are the same. We have a support group that we go to for the day to day running of our lives, the ones who help us in our missions, who keep our secret identity from the rest of the world. 
They are also the people who are there when we are defeated, and every superhero is defeated from time to time. 
In my case I was on top of my game, my blog was coming on great, work was good, my family life was brilliant. I was working out regularly and even Mrs Bergs mum was relocating from the Isle of Man to live round the corner.
But as that added a new spot to our roster one of our other team members dropped out. 
Sadly my Nana, our beloved Nana Jean passed away. It shook us all. Suddenly I felt unmotivated, to work, to write, to work out, to be positive. I just had a sinking feeling of helplessness. 
I didn’t want to do anything, and the longer it went on the harder it felt like I couldn’t go back. 
As a family we have never felt so overwhelmed. Defeated is exactly the right word. Neither Mrs Berg or I could get our spirit back, against a stack of housework, against a never ending schedule of appointments and lessons, we were useless. Even when our grief had lessened we had an enemy of a backlog to get through.
With the heroes down it was time for our team to step in and help us up. Like Dr Snow and Sisco on the Flash, or Felicity and Digg on Arrow our team came in to inject us with confidence once more. For Mrs Berg it was her Mum and partner, that stepped in. Where Nana Jean had been an expert in household chores and gardening, Mrs Bergs Mum filled her spot and soon helped us recover our home from the backlog and provide support to my wife and myself.
For me it was my parents who helped me. I work with my mum and feel very lucky for doing so. As I get older I realise how important it is to spend time with your parents and it is a privilege to be supported everyday. She saw my decline, despite being upset herself and intervened accordingly, taking over my workload at work, building my lost confidence back up. She really is brilliant and am so thankful for her help. Despite always knowing the support I have, in true dramatic form my confidence was restored when my mum climatically said “you have us to watch your back”. The line was straight out of a Flash episode and with that I boldly, slowly rose, hurt but focused, dusted my shoulder, and walked slowly out to defeat my enemy.

Both me and Mrs Berg hold the stubborn opinion that we can firmly do it ourselves. But like with every experience we have learned something. That you can’t always do it alone, and nor should you have to. Humbled by our experience we now receive help from our family and friends who support us and make up our superhero support team.