Superman may be one of the most recognizable characters created but bringing him to the big screen isn't exactly an easy feat. We're talking about an incredibly powerful guy from another planet that wears red and blue tights. With past attempts at live-action Superman productions, how will Man of Steel compare?
The answer might surprise you.
In an interview with Empire Magazine, David S. Goyer reveals quite a bit.
We're approaching Superman as if it weren't a comic book movie, as if it were real. I adore the Donner films. Absolutely adore them. It just struck me that there was an idealist quality to them that may or may not work with today's audience. It just struck me that if Superman really existed in the world, first of all this story would be a story about first contact. He's an alien. You can easily imagine a scenario in which we'd be doing a film like E.T., as opposed to him running around in tights. If the world found out he existed, it would be the biggest thing that ever happened in human history.
It does make sense. For the average person in a movie to accept superpowers is one thing. Having them accept alien life is another. We've seen plenty of stories in comics and movies where the townsfolk fear those that are different. Seeing a hero do...heroic things could be easy to accept. When you throw in the fact they're an alien, that should bring about a new level of fear.
There is more of an unknown factor thrown in. The idea that an average person could somehow gain powers through an accident or genetic mutation might be easier to accept than actual alien species. Who knows what their presence could mean for the rest of mankind.
The idea of Superman being an alien has always been a great plot device. Superman is more human than most of those around him, despite being from Krypton. Seeing how the filmmakers capture this will be interesting.
There might be some that feel the alien angle shouldn't be a focus but it isn't something we've really seen in the Superman movies before. Perhaps now is the time.
Man of Steel opens in theaters on June 14, 2013.