Superman is one of the most popular super heroes of all time, yet, he’s the least interesting. Heck, even Aquaman has more depth — no, that wasn’t a deep sea pun. I’ll save you the long winded diatribe and say: some characters just aren’t relatable and Superman is one of them. He’s too godlike – unstoppable and morally absolute – to be so.
Do the creative limitations that have plagued the character mean an immediate defeat for Zach Snyder‘s upcoming Man of Steel? I, for one, would say so. According to Snyder, however, he and his creative team have broken the barrier – they’ve made Superman relatable and interesting for modern audiences. That’s right folks, the impossible has been achieved!
Speaking in the latest latest issue of Total Film, Snyder and star Henry Cavill spoke about reinventing Superman:
We’ve tried to make a Superman movie where he does stuff and you go, ‘Yeah, if I was Superman, that’s what I’d do. Even though he’s an alien, he’s more relatable, more human.”
Cavill elaborated on this:
“This is a Superman for a modern age. It’s not betraying anything that Superman is, but it is grounding everything in reality. It’s the story of this incredible being who can do incredible things, but whom we can associate with. Because he’s gone through troubling stuff and had to make tough choices…”
Convincing statements, right? Well, take a moment, and think back to the trailer. Memba that footage depicting Superman as a fisherman with Titanic-like music playing… yeah, if emo Supes is the approach Snyder has in mind, then this film is more troubled than I anticipated.
That my friends was an attempt at humorous cynicism. I wouldn’t judge a movie on 5 seconds of footage. Regardless, I’m still super (pun intended) nervous at how this is going to play out. I cannot fathom how Snyder and crew have managed to make an acceptable Superman. I guess I’ll just have to wait and see.
Oh, before you go… check out images from the latest issues of Total Film below: