The Hub City Review explores a number of surprising similarities between Morrison's seminal run and the best batman movie to date. From the review:
"Morrison’s description of the Dick Grayson’s introduction into the Batman mythos could practically serve as the plot pitch for the Lego Batman Movie:
There was a sense that the young Bruce Wayne, who died emotionally with his parents in Crime Alley, had finally met a friend with whom he could share his strange, exciting secret life. The emotionally stunted Batman found a perfect pal in the ten-year-old orphaned acrobat. Batman was forced to grow up and develop responsibility as soon as Robin came on the scene, and the savage young Dark Knight of the original pulp-tinged adventures was replaced by a very different kind of hero: a big brother, the best friend any kid could have.”
'Beyond similarly scaled threats and some of the same themes and story beats, Lego and Morrison also evidence a similar reverence and respect for every era of the character’s history. Both cut deep into obscure and otherwise rarely referenced chapters in his comic book and cinematic career, especially the more absurdist episodes that serve to undercut the scowling and self-serious Batman that many modern fans prefer. In the face of Nolan’s grim, gritty, and grounded Dark Knight, Morrison reintroduced the gaudily-garbed and utterly insane Batman of Zur-En-Arrh, with the fifth-dimensional Bat-Mite at his side. Likewise, Lego Batman has a crime-fighting career spanning seventy-eight years, incorporating every previous iteration into itself. From the televised encounters with Egghead to the Silver Age showdowns with Condiment King to his infamous (but evidently useful!) utilization of the shark repellent bat-spray...
"The grin affixed to my face throughout the entire film was so wide you’d have though Joker Gas had been pumped through the theater’s vents...
"Lego Batman is less a puerile playtime with a mishmash of minifigs and more a sincere character study that seems to truly understand the core of Batman’s character."
Is super Christian I wonder? Or is his past too vague to reveal on religion?
In some portrayals - notably Superman for All Seasons - he's portrayed as Protestant (Methodist in that specific comic), but elsewhere during the Silver and Bronze age he was portrayed as believing in the Kryptonian god Rao.
@rideaspacecowboy: depends what you're talking about, racism exists in every nook n cranny of America. Give a specific scenario.
Would the story you wrote be a metaphor, with the bigotry which Superman combats not racism itself, but a reasonable analog? Would the bigotry be embodied by a villain or would it be the state of society, sans a specific face? Would you pull inspiration from any personal experiences?
@rideaspacecowboy: yeah I saw that one time old scan of it. Doesn't change the fact that DC was still putting out racist stuff years after. Or that we never see Supes combat racism against us. Unless you're saying the only issue we "blacks" have had were all klan members? Stop while you're ahead. Even if you weren't intending to be disrespectful it still is, never see people defend antisemitism the way they do racism in America.
I'm genuinely curious: if you were writing Superman, how would you have the character combat racism in America?
Perhaps the title of this post was poorly worded. The article it links to assumes that whatever "the American Way" is, as an immigrant it's something which contrasts with Superman's Kryptonian heritage. The article is a historical survey on how some writers have emphasized his full assimilation, and others his non-assimilation into American culture. These follow general trends, with the former currently in vogue. Does anyone have thoughts as to those particular points?
"On my grandpapi ain't letting no mooslim run me!"
I never see Supes fight this so he must be protecting it. You know the "American way" and all. Especially back in those classical time pieces of his earlier appearance. The same era Trump wants to take us back to.
Far from sitting on the sideline, Superman (as a hero in his universe and as a character in ours) has played an active role in redressing racial injustices. Though it was controversial at the time, Superman took on the Ku Klux Klan in his radio serial, which directly lead to a decline in the Klan's popularity and acceptance by the public, especially among the younger generation at the time.