The days of real Clark Kent (Superman) are gone. A true gentleman who grew up in the farmland of United States where his beloved parents from planet Earth instilled good moral values, and taught him respect for neighbors, women, himself and humanity. Steve Rogers (Captain America) also has similar qualities, who being brought up during World War II has a solid character with old fashion moral values. Both of them are rare role models in the world of superheroes. Nowadays, this does not exist. On the flip side, It’s cool for superhero characters to be troubled, dark, rebellious, sexist, rude and resorting to alcohol and drugs to cope up with their painful life. As parents and adults, do we want to see these negative values being amplified on the big screen? Seems like young minds are being shaped to think that these qualities will make them cool? Latest research shows that kids age (2-13) mimic superheroes the most compared to other genres. This a real dilemma that is having a global impact.
Every time we watch an action/superhero movie, the main character (male) is either getting drunk at a bar, womanizing, fighting needlessly, being a bad father, or just having a psychological break down. Why do we have to watch this? Isn’t real news from around the world negative, depressing and painful enough? We need an alternative, a superhero/action hero that has a strong moral compass deeply rooted in faith and optimism. A character that brings hope and enlightenment, where kids can be entertained and learn great values at the same time. Values which will them help them be better human beings and be prepared for the future.
At SplitMoonArts, we developed a strong and positive character called Yusuf , also known as “BURAAQ”. A superhero who is upright, just and well-mannered. The story of BURAAQ – “The Awakening” is not all unicorns and butterflies, but comprises of real life struggles and his challenges as a son, student, friend, employee and a human. His determination, strong faith and support of his family gives him confidence to leverage his super powers to face the evil Xiorg (The Villain from another dimension). He uses his super powers for the good of mankind, and he does it all without compromising on his principles and values.
Maybe is time to revive the essence of the real Clark Kent and Steve Rogers in the superhero genre, but this time through Yusuf Abdullah also known as “BURAAQ”
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