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Subj: This is a good question
Posted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 at 06:30:38 pm EST (Viewed 143 times)
Reply Subj: Why Is Superman Such A Tough Character To Write And Portray On Film?
Posted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 at 04:25:59 pm EST (Viewed 167 times)

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From a lot of what I read (Even Grant Morrison wrote in Supergods that not many writers seemed to be able to write a good Superman story.), the consensus seems to be that not many writers do really good with Superman, and it seems that a lot of people see him as too hard to relate to. Unlike Batman, who has had a list of classics or classic writers (And movies, games, animated series, etc.). And most of the Superman movies (Batman Versus Superman, Man Of Steel, Superman Returns.) seemed to be disappointing.
For the comics, is it due to editorial? Or his powers? Or the status quo? Maybe Batman doesn't have this problem because writers can do more with him. But Superman seems to have this image of being the Boyscout, and maybe people think that he's too powerful? I think that Man Of Steel and Batman V Superman tried to make him more realistic, but those movies were a little bit on the dull side. Maybe they'll give Bendis more creative freedom and he could bring something new to the books and provide a shot in the arm? I'll give it a shot.

And some of the reasons I've read are:

1. Superman is hard to relate to. Basically, he's the guy who always does the right thing and never makes mistakes. He's perfect and has no flaws.

2. Because of #1, Superman is a cardboard cutout. So, in an attempt to make Superman more realistic, he's written to be darker with some character flaws.

3. Superman is boring.

I can tell you right here and right now that every single one of these reasons are DEAD WRONG.

1. Any hard core or regular reader of Superman can tell you that Superman has many things about him that almost anyone can relate to. He's an alien and because of that, he's an outsider and feels alone and isolated. I may not be an alien but I've felt alone and isolated many times so I can relate to this.

Superman is a Dad. Anyone who has a son can relate to this.

Superman is a afraid of failure, which has been touched upon in some stories. Many people can relate to this.

Superman once suffered post traumatic stress disorder because of the Our Worlds at War storyline. Afterwards, he needed to see a therapist. War veterans can relate this.

Superman, as a teen, once let a friend drive drunk. That friend ended up dying and Clark regretted that for the rest of his life. Some people can relate to this.

Superman grew up on a farm and grew to have discipline through hard work and labor. Some of us can relate to that.

Superman is married and has marital problems. A lot of us can relate to that.

The list goes on and a lot more can be added if these movie writers would bother to look. But these people have never read a single Superman issue, which is why they view him as a cardboard cutout. None of them understand how Superman works as a character and that is why he is difficult to write.

It's interesting that a hero/villain performs one amazing feat, or use a power they haven't used for 20+ years, and that automatically propels them to a high status despite scans and evidence to the contrary. I don't know what is worse, selective feat picking that has only been done once or twice 20, or more, years ago or ignoring evidence from scans or the lack thereof. We need to stop putting our favorite heroes/villains on pedestals and start putting them where they really belong. But it's evident that people never will because they would rather accuse others of cherry picking feats, when they don't, and being 'morally superior' when they aren't. I guess being honest and as fair as possible only opens one up to being the target of childish accusations and fault finding by those who insist on acting petty and childish. What happened to a good debate between two civil, mature, adults?
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