It ain’t easy bringing the Man of Steel to the big screen. Sure, Richard Donner did it successfully decades ago, but it was in a completely different era, and that take on the character is really someone that just won’t float with the public mindset.
So when Zack Snyder was tasked with giving the character a much-needed cinematic update, he made some changes that fans have been very vocal about. Rather than being the lovable Boy Scout, he was darker, unsure, moody, and a bit careless.
Speaking with Screen Rant, Smallville producer Steven S. DeKnight (who also went on to get involved with Daredevil for Netflix) discussed the difficulty, and even went on to praise Snyder’s interpretation.
“Superman is one of the hardest characters to write for. One of the brilliant things about Smallville is it’s all about Clark. He wasn’t Superman yet. Superman’s very different from Batman. Batman is this dark, psychologically messed up guy, Superman’s the man we all aspire to be. He’s inspirational and to try to find the human side of that, and not to mention, he’s so powerful it’s harder to relate to him so it’s very, very difficult.
I actually really like what Zack Snyder has done with that character. It’s a super hard, very tricky character to do and like I said, if we were doing on Smallville, if he were Superboy on Smallville, I don’t think it would have worked.”
Of course, many fans have pointed to Marvel Studios’ own Captain America as an example of them doing the Boy Scout character right, but given the completely different origins of the character, making Superman naturally-altruistic from the get-go would have been, in my eyes, unrealistic. As such, I’ve always appreciated the shades of gray that Snyder painted the character with (though Man of Steel isn’t a perfect movie, in my opinion).
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SOURCE: Screen Rant