It’s a question as old as time: how do you make a Superman movie? Well, as always, fans seem to have a variety of opinions on how to “properly” portray the Man of Steel.
Do you know why this question doesn’t pop up for characters such as, say, Iron Man or Black Lightning? Because there’s only been one well-known adaptation of those two characters. There will probably be another actor to play Iron Man in the future, sure, but Superman is the first superhero. While Spider-Man and Batman may be more marketable at times, Superman is the quintessential superhero and he’s been portrayed by a variety of actors. From George Reeves to the most recent incarnations in Henry Cavill and Tyler Hoechlin, the Man of Steel has many faces.
And with many adaptations come different approaches. How Christopher Reeve plays Superman is going to vary compared to someone like Dean Cain from Lois & Clark or even Tim Daly in the DC Animated Universe. And perhaps it’s just that time again, but fans as of recent shared their different ideas of how Superman should be portrayed. Observe:
Superman (1978) stants crack me up. They overhype the simple and boring original Superman films but then trash Man of Steel for literally trying to humanize the man behind the cape https://t.co/wZCJzoz2Fj
— Danny the Snowman☃️❄️ (@DannyNada) December 29, 2018
A Superman film should be about whatever the hell the filmmaker in charge wants it to be about. If he wants to explore the character’s moral complexities, I find it hard to say “no, you can’t do that.” https://t.co/A9SlClRmaQ
— gilderoby lockhart (@iamthatroby) December 29, 2018
When thinking of the perfect tone for a Superman solo, I immediately go here. Just exudes the confidence & leadership Superman would have
— Sheraz Farooqi (@SherazFarooqi_) December 28, 2018
#ThingsIDontUnderstand: Why Superman fanboys are under the impression that there's only one way to portray Superman/tell a Superman story.
— DEJ (@john_tyler646) December 29, 2018
Man of Steel is the first Superman film to make me actually care about Superman
— Amatuer Watcher (@ItsDavery) December 29, 2018
If Hollywood was barred from exploring Superman's moral complexities and failings we wouldn't have gotten the Donner films or Smallville for that matter. pic.twitter.com/vljb3WuLQk
— Scott Stamper (@DerfelBarada) December 29, 2018
Clark Kent, is technically an alien from Krympton. But he’s human in every other aspect. I’m glad that it was showcased in ‘Man of Steel’. No one can relate to someone who’s perfect. Superman has his struggles just like everyone else. It’s the best Superman film. Fight me. https://t.co/eCuOD4HK3p
— Shane (@ShaneAllison) December 29, 2018
Every director should make his or her film for themselves. Make the film you’d want to see.
It just so happens that the Superman Snyder wanted to see was one I’d also always been clamoring for. https://t.co/QpYqwrxRI1
— Rebecca Johnson (@derbykid) December 28, 2018
As you can see, like Superman and Batman themselves, there are a variety of faces and opinions on how the character should be portrayed. Given how beloved and well-known Superman is- not just in comic books, but pop culture in general- you’re bound to come across various opinions on how fans want to see him. But just as fans are able to embrace the concept of a multiverse in comic books, so should the same be applicable to adaptations.
Not a fan of George Reeves? Well, there’s Christopher Reeve, Dean Cain, Tim Daly, Henry Cavill, Tyler Hoechlin, and a host of actors who have portrayed the Man of Steel in some form or fashion. And if not, there’s always good old comic books. No writer or director will ever be able to please everybody. And as Zack Snyder said when discussing Man of Steel, he made the film for himself because he knew what he wanted to see, just to name one example.
But what do you think, though? When it comes to the Man of Steel and his big screen adaptations, how do you believe the Last Son of Krypton should be portrayed? Do you have a specific mindset for seeing Superman or are you open to other interpretations? Let us know in the comments below.
Clay Enos Shares Hi-Res Stills Of ‘Batman v Superman’, ‘Justice League’ & More
Photographer Clay Enos has shared a huge batch of new hi-res stills from DCEU films such as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Wonder Woman, Justice League, and Suicide Squad which includes several new images of Jared Leto as The Joker.
The hi-res images range from stills to behind the scenes photos featuring directors Zack Snyder and David Ayer working with cast members including Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman and Will Smith as Deadshot. In addition to the new images of Jared Leto's Joker, a new image of Gadot as Wonder Woman in her own standalone film is included among the hi-res stills.
You can check out the images in the gallery below.
Warner Bros. and DC Films have many projects currently being developed including The Batman, The Flash standalone film, Green Lantern Corps, Black Adam, Supergirl, New Gods, and Nightwing.
The DCEU continues this month with Aquaman which is now playing and will be followed by Shazam! on April 5, 2019, Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) on February 7, 2020, and Wonder Woman 1984 on June 5, 2020. A standalone Joker film set outside of the DC Films universe starring Joaquin Phoenix as the Clown Prince of Crime is also set to hit theaters October 4, 2019.
Directed by James Wan, Aquaman stars Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry, Amber Heard as Mera, Willem Dafoe as Vulko, Patrick Wilson as Orm / Ocean Master, Dolph Lundgren as Nereus, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta, Nicole Kidman as Atlanna, Ludi Lin as Captain Murk, and Temuera Morrison as Tom Curry.
From Warner Bros. Pictures and director, James Wan comes an action-packed adventure that spans the vast, visually breathtaking underwater world of the seven seas, “Aquaman,” starring Jason Momoa in the title role. The film reveals the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry and takes him on the journey of his lifetime—one that will not only force him to face who he really is, but to discover if he is worthy of who he was born to be… a king.
Aquaman is now playing. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on the future of the current DC cinematic universe as we learn it.
Source: Clay Enos