JL's Columbia SC Real Estate Blog: Of Heroes

Of Heroes

 Do you notice the overwhelming amount of super hero movies blowing up the box office over the past few years? Spider Man had three movies, there have been countless Batman movies that last of course was the Dark Knight. The new Superman movie, Fantastic 4, The X-Men, now The Watchmen and I am sure that I have missed quite a few and that there are many more to come as long as they are making money.

 I have nothing against comics and nothing against super hero movies, I myself have actually seen the majority of these and I even went with friends to see The Watchmen this weekend. I just can't help but notice how many of them have been flying off the shelf here lately and how many more are advertised to come. The Dark Knight of course is the second highest grossing movie of all time and it seems that each of these super hero movies breaks the opening weekend record for ticket sales. Even in this economy where there are so many people that apparently should not have the money to spend, these films are still commanding record numbers in ticket sales all across the nation.

 Well, I understand exactly why producers continue to create these films, they will continue to do so as long as they are making money off them. But why are they making such a huge profit off of the countless numbers of hero movies? Why are people so drawn to this phenomenon, and why are they so willing to make each one a larger success than the last? Is it because in this world, we no longer have true heroes? Or is it that our view of heroes is so obscured, that we are desperately trying to find anything to believe in, even if we know it's just a fantasy?

 We have always placed professional athletes and movie stars or musicians on a pedestal, and the world has always looked up to them. Especially the youth of the world that dreamed they would one day be like these "role models" when they grew up. Who hasn't sang their favorite song at the top of their lungs pretending that they were live in concert with thousands of adoring fans? Hell sometimes I still do, because we all have to dream. But what happens when the dream is faced with the harsh reality of the world around us and we start to see our heroes exposed for the flawed humans they really are?

 We have football players that go to prison for dog fighting, movie stars overdosing on drugs, musicians have always done the same and then write songs about rehab. Steroid allegations and admissions flying left and right throughout the world of sports and the children are watching the entire time. Singers in court for beating their girlfriends or wives and the list could go on forever. So what are the chances that this world with all it's bad news and misguided views of what a hero really is, has created a perfect storm for the producers who give us two hours worth of all the heroes we can handle for the bargain basement price of $12 a ticket and a $400 bag of popcorn.

 There is no doubt about it in my mind, this world is starved for a hero. With all the problems of the world today and all of the troubles the average person faces, the world wants the ability to forget their issues and find something to believe in. I don't think that people believe that Batman will jump from the screen and solve all the world's wrongs, but for a few hours they would certainly like to pretend. We all have to hope and dream and sometimes pretending is a large part of this whole process. But, this is just my take on things and I have been wrong before.




JL Boney, III - Columbia, SC Realtor - Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate

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Comment balloon 28 commentsJL Boney, III • March 09 2009 11:28AM


I'm still trying to think of who my hero may be lol! I was forced to go watch the last Batman. Now, in real life....I'd like to think we make our own selves heroes when we set a goal and accomplish it. It will be up to each and every one of us to save ourselves.... I really doubt I'll wait for someone to bail me out.

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) over 11 years ago

I haven't seen any of the new movies, but I'm in total agreement that society is starved for a real bonifide hero right now.  When times are tough people look to a hero for salvation so the movie industry is bringing back all the old favorites to try to fill the void and take our minds off the problems of today.

Posted by June Piper-Brandon, Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time (Houwzer Inc) over 11 years ago

My hero is my Dad!

Posted by Goodbye Active Rain, Out of Real Estate over 11 years ago

J.L., when people feel helpless, they escape into fantasy mode.  I go there frequently.  (BTW, OUR popcorn is only $200 a bag)

Posted by Alyce Martin, Albuquerque - THE Place To Be! (The Realty Group, LLC) over 11 years ago

I think it may be a way to escape from your problems for a few hours.  Things in these movies would never happen so people can just enjoy.  And we always know the hero will win in the end.........


Have a great week,



Posted by Kristin Mason (New Market Title Agency) over 11 years ago

Sally- Waiting around usually doesn't get us anywhere soon.

June- People are starved and in search of something worth believing in.

Tony- Then I would say you have to right idea.

Alyce- I'm thinking more and more about going there myself. How did you guys get such good popcorn rates?

Kristin- It is nice to walk in already knowing the outcome sometimes.

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) over 11 years ago

JL - You may have been wrong before but I dare say, not on this one.  Heroes are Gods of sorts, to us... saving the day that needs strives to be saved.  Often times they have human imperfections about them, yet their ability to do the dreamy and fascinating... grabs our attention pretty quick.  Funny thing is, there are heroes inside of us and among us that don't make the front page too regularly.  They may be the ones to watch for...

*I'll take two bags of Alyce's popcorn.  Who says we are in a depression recession?*

Posted by Jason Sardi, Your Agent for Life (Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina) over 11 years ago

Jl...at this moment, your my hero!  I think that the reason is that the Hero is a sign of hope and we need all we can get right now!

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) over 11 years ago

JL:  I think you are right.  The world can really beat us down, but everyone needs an escape from reality, even if only for two hours.  I'd rather escape to the world of the romantic comedies myself, but the superheros are certainly popular.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) over 11 years ago

HI JL-The real heroes in life are those that unselfishly give of themselves to others. The brave men and women who protect this country, the fireman, firefighter and police are excellent examples but the great example of a hero is Jesus who gave his life so that we all might have eternal life.  You my friend are a gifted writer and someone to look up to for wisdom. Great post. :-) P.S. I'll skip the $400 popcorn and even $4.00 popcorn is too high. <smile>

Posted by Sharon Lee, Retired and loving life (Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance) over 11 years ago

JL, My mom is my hero.  I never needed to look any further than this feisty little lady to have someone to look up to.

Posted by Susan Mangigian, Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches (RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A) over 11 years ago

Sardi- It's all a dream my friend and everyone wants to be saved in one way or another. But all to often the true heros that stare us in the face go completely unnoticed.

Bill- I certainly appreciate that big guy, but I truly hope you can find a better one out there some where. This world needs all the hope that is willing to come it's way right now.

Chris Ann- Not much on the romantic comedies, but anything that alleviates the beating temporarily is a good thing for now.

Sharon- The real ones are out there, that's for sure. And we need to take notice of those that protect us and sacrifice themselves in the process.

Susan- My Mom has always been mine too.

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) over 11 years ago

JL: We're in oil country.  I'm just waiting for a flick about a docile Walmart greeter by day/dynamic action figure realtor by night character who banishes foreclosures and whacks evil lenders WHAMMO!l 

Posted by Alyce Martin, Albuquerque - THE Place To Be! (The Realty Group, LLC) over 11 years ago

JL, personally I can't stand the blow em up movies. To me they are boring. I want a good story.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) over 11 years ago

Hey- I thought I was your hero!!

Posted by Jamie Boney (Mungo Homes) over 11 years ago


I have often said about these role models: "all they have to do is NOT screw up." and they can't even do that. You are so right, we need some REAL heroes!

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) over 11 years ago

JL, I think its just a temporary escape from realism into a land of fantasy. Its a comic book in cinema.

                   ~ Life is Good

Posted by Roy A. Peterson, P.R.E.I. (Domicile Analysis of Texas) over 11 years ago

JL  that's another reason I like NASCAR they have a zero tolerance against doing anything illegal you get thrown out if you break the law or do something bad....they keep the drivers crew and all the workers drug free If you test positive your gone....peace zane

Posted by Zane Coffin, (Geneva Ohio Real Estate Agent) (Century-21 Homestar) over 11 years ago

JL: Thought-provoking post...as always. Maybe the time has finally come for us to stop looking "outside" for a hero, and start looking within. We all need to step up and take responsibility for our own lives, our own communities, and our world. 

Posted by Kim Southern- "Sold" with Southern Hospitality, Greetings from the North Georgia Mountains! (Century 21 In the Mountains) over 11 years ago

Alyce- We may be waiting on that one a while.

Gary- I think I prefer Forest Gump to Batman.

Jamie- You can be today.

Richard- Not screwing up is a very tall order for some people.

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) over 11 years ago

Roy- I think you're right.

Zane- There's something to be said for keeping people in line.

Kim- And that is exactly how I feel about it, thanks for stopping by.

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) over 11 years ago

If you are going to sing outloud...please make sure it is not at the office. 

Posted by Jeffrey Graves (Russell and Jeffcoat) over 11 years ago

Jeff- I've been known to sing out loud there too, from what I have seen that office could use it.

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) over 11 years ago

You can be a hero for someone today by making the right choices even when you think no one else is looking.

Posted by Home Loan Search.Online (Home Loan Search Online) over 11 years ago

Integrity- And that is what it's all about.

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) over 11 years ago

JL, I actually think heroes are over-rated, and an illusion.  They're the basis of most religions around the world, and generate billions for Hollywood.  You said, "Or is it that our view of heroes is so obscured, that we are desperately trying to find anything to believe in, even if we know it's just a fantasy?" I think you said a mouthful there, JL, and probably more truth than any of us cares to talk about.  Great post, buddy!

Posted by Randy Hooker, Gilbert, Chandler, Mesa, Queen Creek (Dreamcatcher Realty / Greater Phoenix Area) over 11 years ago

Randy- I have the tendency to say a mouthful all too often, and sometimes I step on toes in the process. But I always find out who catches the drift really quick.

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) over 11 years ago
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