qmembers said: How would you portrayal Superman in Man of Steel?
First, I wouldn’t have made Superman a loner. I would have kept Pete Ross as his best friend not made him Clark’s bully. I would have had Lana in there. And had Clark deal with keeping this secret from his friends and that being what makes him feel different and isolated and have Pa and Ma Kent tell him he’s still their son and for him to not be a lost isolated soul for most of his life.
I would’ve made the Clark Kent persona the heart of the movie. That’s what humanizes Superman. The Clark Kent identity. I would’ve had him go to the Planet right away and be a reporter and a person with a life.
I would have had Clark choose to be Superman because using his powers for good is the only thing that comes naturally to him. And we do get to see that in the scenes in the beginning, where he saves the bus and the oil rig. But he doesn’t become Superman until he needs save the world from Zod because he has to. It’s the choice that’s important to the character.
Superman’s motivation is simple and altruistic. Because of his humble upbringing, Superman uses his powers to help people because that’s the only thing he would think to use them for. Boom. That’s Superman.
And I think we see some of it in the film. I would have portrayed him as that and not the burdened, lonely, last survivor of his race. I would have ditched all the ridiculously off-base Chirst imagery. Superman isn’t Space Jesus. He wasn’t sent by Jor-el to save Earth or to protect us or cleanse us of our sins or to spread the word of Krypton. He was only sent to Earth to survive. Superman’s goodness isn’t inherent, it’s from his upbringing. Superman really isn’t about sacrifice or duty. He’s about standing up to bullies, and showing people that anyone can be a super man if they’re good to other people. He was also created by two Jewish kids. I see where there’s overlap between Christ and Superman but not enough to warrant all the Christian overtones in Man of Steel.
I’m not saying there’s ZERO Superman in the movie. It’s there. There are certainly some great moments, the flying scene is nice, and the fight scene with Zod really is epic. But I think it changes the motivations and the heart of the character and that’s not what I would have wanted from a movie about Superman.
I also would have made the movie colorful and not so muted in color palette.
Actually you think about Smallville and Man of Steel shared a lot in common when it comes down to Clark Kent. Both still shows him being Heroic, Smallville is more to the main comics, while Man of Steel is more based on elseworld comics like Secret Identities, Superman Earth One, Birthright, and of course Man of Steel. There are roughly the same story just different aspects.
I guess? Man of Steel didn’t really focus much on Clark. Smallville is all about Clark. Smallville really emphasized Superman’s heroic journey and Clark being a good person because of his upbringing and his choice to be that person. Man of Steel didn’t. Not in the same way.
I wouldn’t say they’re the same story at all. MoS Clark is nothing but terrified or alone. He’s afraid of himself. He’s afraid of the kids on the bus finding out who he is and his dad tells him he should’ve let them die.
And while the “you’re an alien, people will want to hurt you” element is more than certainly a factor in Smallville, it’s not treated with the same perpetual terror that it is in Man of Steel.
There are moments from Man of Steel that certainly draw a little from the comics. I wouldn’t describe Brithright or Secret Idenity as similar to Man of Steel. I think there was some influence from Birthright but it missed a whole bunch of the point of the character at the core of who he is. Birthright is also not an elseworld. Earth One isn’t even very good.
I think Man of Steel just abandons so much of the why of the character and the fundamental aspects of who he is and the heart of what the character is supposed to be in favor of an edgier, different approach for the sake of being contrary. I don’t think it felt like a Superman story at all. I didn’t get any of the things a Superman story is supposed to be about in that movie other than a dude in a cape from a planet that fights other aliens.
I think that was best part of Man of Steel is that the biggest threat to Clark’s life was the Human Race. Yet he still ends up saving the world because of his upbringing and his connection to humanity. Smallville doesn’t really have that.