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JesusFan

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liheibao

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Subj: Re: Why Is Superman Such A Tough Character To Write And Portray On Film?
Posted: Thu Feb 22, 2018 at 08:43:17 am EST (Viewed 70 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Why Is Superman Such A Tough Character To Write And Portray On Film?
Posted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 at 09:06:28 pm EST (Viewed 90 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. . .


Those writers, wisely, stay away from Superman, and should. I spoke with Peter David, an excellent writer with a superb pedigree regarding Superman and would he be interested in writing the character. He responded "No" immediately. He said there was nothing wrong with Superman, but that as a writer, since Superman was so well formed, he had nothing to offer. I wish more writers were as honest.


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    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.


We don't relate to any of these characters. We're supposed to want to BE them. . .or at least believe we could be. Superman attracts those who believe there is something great inside them that they have to offer, though we connect to Superman through Clark Kent, which many, including writers, do not realize. Now, if you can't relate to Clark Kent, you've some issues. ;\)


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    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.


It's all of that and more. Superman is divisive even among his proponents. He's the only superhero I know of that had to be given a weakness. Lads will moan about him being too powerful, too "OP", but how can that be true when you're job is to save everyone? How powerful do you need to be to save the world?

I have little confidence in Bendis, but I also disliked Tomasi's opening story for his Superman run, then came to really enjoy it. I'm going to read Superman regardless of who's writing it, so here's to hoping for the best.

Many seem to have forgotten the truth that Superman is to be shown as being tHAT powerful, as the most powerful being on earth, but also smart, and with a sense of humour, and also is to be the moral compass...

Have to use a villain worthy of him having to be Superman...


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