So, last year the newest Superman movie came out, Superman Returns and as soon as it hit video Dean went out and bought it for the kids. As obsessed with superheroes as they are, we knew they would love it and we set the scene that night for some serious family togetherness in front of the boob tube.
I picked up a book.
I had little interest in seeing the movie and this is common for me. I am also superhero/supervillian obsessed but I am very picky. I can handle Spiderman alright, but my love of Batman and the Flash, The Green Arrow and many others far outweigh any feelings I may have for Spiderman or Superman. So, assuming I would hate the movie, I picked up a book and zoned it out.
Five minutes into the movie, I put the book down and started watching. Big, honkin’ airplane scene aside, some kid entered the screen and I damn near spit my soda out of my nose.
It was Owen!
Not really, but at first glance, my kid was sitting there chatting away with Clark Kent and it was uncanny. Holy shit, Dean, I said. That kid looks just like Owen. There we sat the two of us staring away at the little cutie, eyes going from screen to the boy tossing popcorn at his sister. It was really weird.
The kid is Tristan Lake Leabu and he played Jason White in the movie. I have tried finding a decent picture of him, but failed. The closest I could come up with is this one:
So, the kid is cute although this is a pretty goofy looking picture of him. But he IS adorable and I wondered as I watched him launch a piano at some goon in the movie, if it was just me and my motherly, “My kid is so damned awesome” thing kicking in again. But it’s not just me. Since this movie came out people keep saying stuff to me about Owen’s resemblance to Superman’s kid.
“Oh my gosh, he looks JUST like Superman’s kid!” They say.
It has happened a couple of times in stores and other various public places and now, even Matt’s friends call him this. Owen doesn’t care. Dean, on the other hand, seems smug. As if they are calling him this because they think that he, Dean, is Superman and not because he looks like the kid in the movie.
Dean does not get to be Superman. He is already Batman and he is already Spiderman according to a number of German children. Why, you ask? Well, years ago when we were living in Germany we had a condo that was on the third floor of a building. On the first floor of the building was a pediatrician’s office. Our pediatrician, for that matter. Her office was directly below our house and her balcony wrapped around much like ours. On her balcony, she had toys and a slide and all that craziness to occupy the kids who chose to go play out there. Well, my scatterbrained husband was constantly locking our keys in the house. The door locked automatically when you left and it sort of screwed you if you did lock your keys inside, which happened a number of times to us.
On one of these occasions, Dean decided that he was going to climb up the side of the building to see if our balcony door was unlocked so that we could get in the house. Up he went, launching himself from the ground to the first balcony some ten feet above and pulling himself up by the railing. From there, he balanced on the railing of that balcony and hopped up and grabbed the bottom of the one above. So on and so on, up the building. It was rather impressive, the ease at which he did this because the balconies were quite a distance from one another. I was a bit scared that he would fall to his death or at the very least, break his ass or something. But he didn’t. He made it safely to our balcony to discover that our door was locked.
Besides that,though, something else happened as Dean scaled the side of the building. Shitloads of little kids came running out onto the doctor’s balcony to watch my dear husband climb up the building and one of them, in complete awe, said to his mom, “Look, Mama! It’s Spiderman!” At this point,there was a hush and then… the kids went buck wild. They were so psyched to see Spiderman.
Then the doctor came out to make sure Dean didn’t kill himself, which was nice of her. She had treated him as much as she had treated the kids for various things like the nasty oil burn he got when he tried to make himself a Bloomin’ Onion.
Hey, do you care if I climb up the side of the building, Dean asked.
Go for it, she said. Just don’t kill yourself in front of the children.
So, at that point, he was Spiderman. And, he was damn pleased with himself for it, too.
Batman happened when he took a quiz to find out which Superhero he was. I knew it was going to come up as Batman. Dean is very much like him. Extremely smart, very reclusive and mysterious, prone to messing with “gadgets”, silent and brooding… and very dark and cynical. He is very Batman. To find out which Superhero you are click here. Feel free to share your findings!
Dean was also pleased to be Batman. I don’t know if this is because he loves Batman or because he knows I love Batman. Either way, he had a very, “Take that, biotch!” attitude when the quiz showed his results.
“Take that biotch!” he yelled in my face.
For the record, I was The Flash which made me pretty happy. But anyway. Dean does not get to be Superman. But, Owen gets to claim being Superman’s kid. Only because he looks just like the kid who played him in the movie, but who cares. Besides….
He IS pretty super.