I’m in another dilemma, Toddler Boy aged three and a half loves superheroes more than anything else. He loves films above food and probably above his sister. I let him watch the Marvel Spiderman and his Amazing Friends television series (you know, the one from when I was a child), Monster Versus Aliens, Bolt, all the Disney films etc etc. This is probably a bit wrong as some of them are a bit old for him, but he gets it, he really does. It’s an imaginary world which he can step into, enjoy and then step away from. Aside from trying to shoot Spiderwebs at people he doesn’t try to climb walls or fly or anything else. Obviously I don’t let him watch things with too much ‘real’ violence if I can help it, he watches Ben 10 but he doesn’t watch Power Rangers for example.
You see, I think that he really loves cinema and the movies. He will happily go and sit through screening after screening, he enjoys the experience of watching a film, he remembers the plots, re-enacts bits of them, talks to me about them. My father is a fairly prominent figure in the British Film Industry. I’m convinced its a genetic predisposition, a burgeoning talent. Am I stifling it through censorship of certain PG films?