Look Up There! It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s All Kinds of Funny Names in “Man of Steel”!

Greetings, funny names fans! This post is coming to you live from the chaise lounge in my parents’ backyard. It’s a balmy 36 degrees as I write this (that’s 96.8 F for all y’all American readers) but the sun isn’t the only thing making my temperature rise around here. Last week I thought I’d cool off at my local movie theatre, and I’ve been suffering from heatstroke ever since.

Yes, I finally got to see “Man of Steel” and yes, today we’re talking about Henry Cavill and the rest of the cast.

Henry Cavill as SupermanLook, it’s not like I’m totally taken in by the cheekbones and the chiselled muscles, here. I’m a serious journalist, you guys, and as such, I’ve done some serious research for this post that goes beyond typing “Henry Cavill hot” into Google Images.

I’ve also been visiting a lot of Hollywood gossip websites.

Because, my friends, it turns out that our hero, Mr. Henry William Dalgliesh Cavill, (whose outstanding full name supports my proposed “men with multiple funny middle names make great actors” theory), is not only from the funny named Bailiwick of Jersey … but is also dating beloved BoFN alum and actress Kaley Cuoco. 

See? Serious journalism!

And Henry’s not the only cast member with a notable name, either. The film’s credits also boast actresses Antje Traue  and Ayelet Zurer. 

Now, in the interest of serious journalism, I should probably take a moment to disclose my personal bias: when it comes to the important business of declaring your allegiance in the comic book world, I’m a Marvel girl all the way. Billionaire industrialist with a tortured soul? I choose Ironman over Batman. Average guy who gets his superpowers from the natural world? I’ll take Spiderman over The Flash. A group of mutants with the ability to save the world? Give me the X-Men over The Watchmen, every time.

But I’ll cross enemy lines into DC Comic territory for Superman.

I could put my geek glasses on here and discuss how Supe illustrates the “nature versus

Henry Cavill smiling

Look at that smile – Henry totally agrees with me.

nuture” debate, and how, in “Man of Steel” he embodies a tolerant, inclusive view of a more pluralistic society that acknowledges diversity, which I truly believe we need to stand up for as much as we can in our world today …

… but since this is a BoFN and not a WBS post, I’ll just say that I love him because his family has crazy names, instead. Supe’s proper name is, of course, Kal-El, and Mom and Dad are Jor-El and Lara-Lor-Van, and of course we all know how excited I get about the villain in this one, General Zod. 

I’ll sign off with one more BoFN-appropriate item of pop culture news: Nicolas Cage’s younger son is named (and I swear my journalistic sources are solid on this one) Kal-El Coppala Cage. 

Kal-El and Jor-El ... I mean, Nic Cage. Same difference.

Kal-El and Jor-El … I mean, Nic Cage. Same difference.

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38 Responses to Look Up There! It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s All Kinds of Funny Names in “Man of Steel”!

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  2. mimijk says:

    Let’s just say that Henry has my vote- for pretty much anything!

    • amb says:

      Yes, yes he does. Mine too. I will happily buy whatever that man is selling! Thanks for visiting Mimi, I love seeing you here!

  3. unfetteredbs says:

    You never disappoint Amb. Always some good topic ( cough) eye candy with my cup O joe in the morning. Who wouldn’t choose Iron Man??

    • amb says:

      Well thank you very much, Audra! Always glad when I can keep my readers happy! 😉

      I totally agree with you about Ironman. I realize I might ruffle some feathers in the comic book world by saying this, but Batman always struck me as a taking the self-pitying martyr thing a little too far. Just go for what you want, man! Make out with Catwoman already! Let yourself be happy!!

      • Liz says:

        he’s a tortured soul, amb–not everyone has our ability to let loose 😉 He’d undoubtedly be a little more fun if he enjoyed a glass of red wine or shot of bourbon or maybe a gin and tonic every now and again. But then he might not be ready when that bat call comes through. It’s the price he pays for his responsibility to all of humanity. And he DID see his parents killed as a young boy–Imagine the trauma. Just sayin’, give Batman a break 😉

        • amb says:

          You’re right, he did have a pretty wretched childhood, whereas Ironman grew up the son of a wealthy industrialist who let him take cars apart and put them back together just for fun. When he was 8. Kind of unfair to compare the two, I suppose!

          By the way, can I tell you how much I LOVE the mental image of Batman sipping on a bourbon or a gin and tonic?!? Priceless!!!

          • Liz says:

            On an early episode (talking the early campy TV), he did have a drink of something or other, then proceeded to dance the Batusi with a lovely lady who was actually an undercover villain. Here’s what he got for his trouble.

            Admittedly, not a good argument for Batman being quality viewing, but it’s nostalgia for me and I love him. Matter of fact, Adam West was on that list of my childhood Imaginary Boyfriends. :-0

          • amb says:

            LIZ!!!! I cannot even BEGIN to express my joy at seeing this clip. The dance moves! The music! The dance moves! Robin being left to boogie all by his lonesome in the Batmobile!! And have I mentioned the dance moves?!? You have just made my day like you would not BELIEVE. 😀 😀 😀

          • Liz says:

            glad if you enjoyed the clip. (Seems diddy is rubbing off on me!) The scenes are cornball and repetitive, but they help show why Batman was such a stick-in-the-mud. The few times he tried to unzip a bit, he got dinged for it. Was also a show where he started in on that make-out session with CWoman, but then the Joker or some such bad guy got away. Taught him couldn’t let his guard down.

            Not a fan of the movies (though I liked Batman Begins very much as it set the stage for why Robin was there, etc) as they’re too dark and brooding. Much prefer the lighter farce of the earlier TV shows. Have watched a few of the “behind the scenes” shows and turns out Adam West, at least in his earlier years, was a spoiled brat superstar who let his immense fame go to his head. Who knew?

            Now Ironman? Don’t know a thing–you’ll have to teach me. So far I just know he had money and took cars apart and reassembled at age 8 🙂

          • amb says:

            Oh my yes. “Enjoyed” is a bit of an understatement, I think 🙂

            Agreed that the Batman trilogy gets awfully grim, particularly at the end. I didn’t know that about Adam West – you always have the inside scoop about all of the retro stars Liz, first Andrew MaCarthy and now Batman! I love it! And yes, I will totally get you all up to speed on Ironman. It means we’ll get to talk about Robert Downey Jr, so it will be my pleasure 🙂

          • Liz says:

            oh oh oh oh…do you know why Robin is alone in the Batmoblie? I remember this part–Batman wouldn’t let him come in because R is underage and the dance place served alcohol. !! Bman was indeed a parragon of everything that is decent and right. But he had seen so much evil so early on (seeing your parents shot in cold blood–really) that he felt he had to make things right somehow. Hence the superhero thing.

            lol knowing a lot about retro stars. Am afraid that makes me retro, too 😉

  4. marksackler says:

    Wow. “Bailiwick of Jersey” really is its official name. Amazing. You put “New” in front of Jersey and it is just boring. You put “Bailiwick of” in front of Jersey, and it becomes BoFN worthy!

    • amb says:

      I know, right?! Plus, it’s an island, which makes it cool. PLUS, it’s a British Crown dependancy, so you technically should call it “The Isle of the Bailiwick of Jersey” in a British accent. Which really just takes it to a whole new level!

  5. tess says:

    don’t forget about the famed set decoration assistant Chewie K Darsow,, that’s a funny name

    • amb says:

      Tess, that name is more than just funny … it’s OUTSTANDING! And I have never heard of it before, so thank you very much for the introduction! I know what my next scheduled post is going to be … 😀

  6. Liz says:

    Am not a superhero fan so much (save Wonder Woman–where’s her movie? and Batman (!) and the Wonder Twins–they rocked), so am mostly stuck on that gosh-awful picture of Nic Cage. What happened to him? I used to find him highly attractive. Now? Ick! Though that would be judging by appearance, and I don’t roll that way so… But oh man, this is a sad day for me.

    Great research, amb, no matter your sources. Especially like that you got the relationship thing in–that he’s dating a funnily-named actress makes things even better!

    • amb says:

      I know, and I’m so sorry to burn that image onto your eyeballs first thing in the morning! Hopefully the other pictures of Sir Henry will help to cancel it out.

      I don’t understand what happened to Nicolas Cage either. While not my type, I did appreciate the fact that he has lovely, soulful looking eyes, and even that seems to be faded now. I can’t think of a decent movie he’s done lately either. I enjoyed him in Kicka$$, but that came out a few years ago now. WHat happened, Nic?!?

      I am ashamed to say that I don’t know much about Wonder Woman, except that she has an invisible jet and a wicked fashion sense. I will have to look into that a bit more! I remember hearing from my showbiz sources that there was talk of a Wonder Woman tv series … I believe it was set to star the funny named Minka Kelly … but it got cancelled 😦

      • Liz says:

        and bullet-proof bracelets and a boomerang tiara and a lasso that could capture bad guys and made them tell the truth. They couldn’t lie when caught up in that rope–it was awesome. Am sure any TV show or movie that comes out would be disappointing. Lynda Carter rocked that part.

        p.s. If you do look into it, check out IRAC (Ira) the computer. Hilarious.

        • amb says:

          Such groovy accessories! Sounds like the girl knew how a superhero (superheroine?) should be, for sure! Am actually working from home today, so hopefully I’ll have time to do a little google research later on! Looking forward to it after your description 🙂

  7. Dave says:

    Damn. Looks like I have some competition. Funny named competition, no less. I’ve got my work cut out for me 🙂

    • amb says:

      Oh, Dave. I love it when you’re motivated. xo.

      • Deborah says:

        dave, i think you’ll need to work pretty hard here. henry cavill was also on the tudors.

        • amb says:

          Deb, you’re right! He has superpowers and he’s royalty!

          No pressure, or anything. 😉

          • Deborah says:

            and has an english accent on a normal day!!!! excuse me… it’s kinda warm in here today.

          • amb says:

            Agreed. *amb fans self*

            Poor Dave. He had no idea what he was getting into when he invited me to start guest-posting. Do you like what I’ve done with the place babe? Is there enough estrogen around here for you?

          • Deborah says:

            i came by to this specific post today just because i needed a “goozefraba” moment from the whole morning. gosh… it’s only 1030am… it’s not even lunch yet and i’m ready to get outta here!

          • amb says:

            I love that my posts can provide you with goozefraba moments almost as much as I love the word goozefraba!

            I heart you.

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    . . . “masterful” . . . “whimsical and entrancing” . . . “amb has done it again” . . . “one of her best posts this season” . . . “a lighthearted yet thought-provoking perspective on superheroes that is both humanly deep, and deeply humane” . . . “her style is bold, frisky, confident, self-assured, yet for all that, warm and generous–another ambean masterpiece” . . .”you will ‘Marvel’ at her astute observations on our beloved heroes, and why we love them” . . . “if you read one post this year, it should amb’s paen to our costumed friends and their quirky handles” . . .

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