Man of Steel looks awesome. But it’s always been funny to me that Krypton had the exact same military naming structures as the armies of Earth.
“I’m General Zod. This is Admiral Bling-Bloing. And this is Private First Class Dur-Thurr.”
I agree completely. It wouldn’t even be that hard to deal with! There are some great examples of lesser used ranks/titles from old-style European armies that could be used (Margrave, Dragoon, Noyan, etc.) . Not only that, but in a literary universe where we find Warders, Bashars, Justicars, and Dunedain, I can’t help but feel like using existing ranks is an easy way out.
HOWEVER! I think two things are at play here that are not necessarily positive, but are rational. Firstly, Zod is of a hyper-intelligent extra-terrestrial race, and so it stands to reason that he would use the word “General” to present himself in a way that Earthlings would comprehend/respect/fear. Secondly, the power structure being reflective of modern military hierarchy helps the casual movie-goer (or the young 1950s/60s comic book reader) identify the villain and the severity of the situation - helps that person relate to Superman’s plight.
I am fully prepared to be wrong about all of this as I have only a cursory knowledge of Superman-lore.
A new, ultra-hip restaurant in NYC in an old theater has mistakenly over-booked for their opening night, forcing the would-be diners to watch as 3 lucky couples (chosen from the audience) are rushed and pushed through a multi-course meal, much to their discomfort. Inept waiters, snooty sommeliers, and a defensive chef with too many awards.
“Standing Ovations are now de rigeur in the theater. They used to be rare, awarded only to extraordinary performances. In straight (non-musical) plays, especially, the highest compliment audiences could pay would be to sit pinned in their seats by the power of the experience they’d had. I can remember a number of occasions when not only did I not want to get out of my seat, I didn’t want to talk to anyone until I had shaken off the effect of what I had seen. No longer — you don’t get the chance. The audience is on its feet even before the first bow, no matter how limp or shallow the piece. They are, of course, giving the ovation to themselves for having been part of a participatory experience rather than a passive one, and for having spent their time and money on it. They’re reminding themselves that they’re alive. Which is not a bad thing, but which makes the extraordinary ordinary.”
I think this also applies to improv shows. I think the practical effect is that people are able to be super lazy about initiations, because the audience can’t hear the first 2 seconds of the scene.
I don’t mean to say that we shouldn’t clap for our friends, but damn.