As a bit of a geek, I just have to giggle at the 'superheroes don't use good problem-solving skills' thing. Clearly... they don't know ANYTHING about superheroes! There's more to superheroes than 'smash pow zoom'; there has to be, because 'smash pow zoom' frankly isn't that interesting. Certainly not interesting enough to hook millions of people into becoming diehard fans!
PPs have already mentioned the obvious--that Batman is a normal (although very rich and intelligent) human being, that Spiderman enhanced his mutant abilities with his scientific inventions. Many superheroes have their powers thrust upon them without their knowledge or consent (the X-Men by mutation, Spidey by his bite, the Fantastic Four by--what was it, an explosion?), and have to painfully learn to deal with their altered state, and the responsibilities their new condition entails. It's not 'woo, I have superpowers'--ever. It's about learning, and accepting, and sacrificing, and protecting loved ones; pretty noble themes, don't you think?!
Now, let's look at the 'problem-solving skills' of, say, Ariel. Unhappy with what she is (strike one), she doesn't solve her problems by either a) getting over it or b) talking to Daddy, who has the power to make her human. Instead, she repeatedly disobeys him (strike two), but it's okay because she's pretty. After putting herself and her friend in danger (strike three) in this manner, she falls in love with a complete stranger simply because he's good-looking (strike four), and makes a deal with the devil (strike five!!!) in order to seduce the guy. Never mind checking to see if he already has a girl back home, or criminal convictions; that wouldn't be very Disney, now would it! During her time on land Ariel completely blunders communication (strike six)--c'mon girl, how hard is it to use a bit of sign language?--in favour of mooning around and looking kissy. Once everything goes to hell in a handbasket, she relies on Daddy again to both save the day and fix her original problem (by turning her into a human again). Yeah. Great problem-solving skills there. On the plus side, we can only credit Ariel with a little bravery (although saving the life of the guy you're madly in love with, a bit of a given) and certain personal charms. I defy any superhero to come up with character traits worse than that!
I'd be interested to see how they deal with Xena, being as she's both a superhero and
As regards the OP, I'd be more concerned with lifting the superhero ban than banning the princesses, vapid as they may be. I'm generally anti-censorship; the parents can of course still decide not to choose princesses or superheroes for their children's lunchboxes, if they prefer. Maybe you should show the meeting some well-chosen clips from superhero movies and Disney movies, illustrating the respective character traits of each group and the 'problem-solving skills' demonstrated?
|This is fascinating. Can you please tell me about Superman?
Superman does have intrinsic powers; he's an alien from the planet Krypton, sent to Earth by his father when Krypton was about to be destroyed, both to save his son and so his son could save the world. Superman was raised by a farmer couple, and was sickly until he discovered his superpowers at around puberty (I'm a bit fuzzy on that). He can see through anything except lead, fly, move incredibly quickly, supercool things with his breath, do something lasery with his eyes... let's just say, he has a lot of moves. TBH, a lot of comic book fans dislike Superman for this reason--he's just too ridiculously powerful. The only thing that can stop him is Kryptonite, radioactive pieces of his homeworld, which (according to various colours) weaken him, turn him evil, kill him etc. Superman pretends to be Clark Kent by day, a mild-mannered and bumbling reporter. Opinions vary as to whether Clark Kent or Superman is the 'real' persona; various shows/movies have taken various angles. Lois and Clark posited that he was 'really' Clark Kent; Superman Returns posited that he was 'really' Superman, or more accurately Kal-El, his 'alien' name.
In other words, he's not the subtlest or smartest of superheroes--he has a lot more brawn than the rest, and does consequently use his strength more than his head. But he's dedicated to saving the world, which is nice; he loves Lois Lane, another reporter, and is always saving her life; he's fond of his adoptive parents, and takes his role of Savior of the World very seriously. In short, he's not a bad guy. Incidentally, the ridiculously powerful Superman has charged Batman (the smart guy with no intrinsic powers) with stopping him, should Superman ever turn evil or get out of control. Batman's the only guy he trusts to do the job, because well... Batman's got the brains! Kinda sweet, I think.