Before moving on, I feel like I should state that if you have not seen Man of Steel and don’t want any spoilers, then maybe you should stop reading. But really—we all know the story of Superman—so you probably already know what happens in the movie.
In Man of Steel, so ironically titled, Superman battles many demons—both internal and external. And although he has his earth parents and finds evidence of his origins, he constantly struggles with who he is. What is his character? How does he manage the talents he’s been given? Who can he trust? Who will he fight for? Who will he fight against? His skin may be as hard as steel, but the rest of him is certainly not. Just like all people, he needs someone to support him, to encourage him to be his best self.
No one has more power of encouragement over him than Lois Lane. Throughout the story, we watch as she determines his character. We watch her support and encourage his decision to take a leap of faith and trust humanity. We watch her help in his fight. In doing so, we watch Superman come into his own.
The most powerful moment comes toward the very end. In the moment of Superman’s most victorious display—when he finally and assuredly defeats the enemy—we see him on his knees, in tears because of the difficult task he’s completed, clinging on to Lois Lane’s waist as though she is his only anchor in a world that has been completely torn apart.
Women, wives specifically, have the power to be that anchor—to be the ultimate encourager in a man’s life. Sure, we should encourage everyone. But no person is more powerful in a man’s life than a woman that loves and supports him.
I’ve posted this quote before but it bears repeating:
"Not a mother...not a child...not even another man who would be so much like him that he would never be challenged beyond his own nature and instincts...Someone on an equal par--his other self taken from his side--who would stand 'boldly out opposite' him and call him forth in a way no one else could." Fashioned for Intimacy.
A woman. Not a mom, not a fellow man. A woman. What glorious truth is revealed in that juxtaposition: a victorious Superman on his knees, clinging to his woman because of all those in the world, she is the one that brings it all together for him. A superwoman, indeed.