Wednesday, June 3, 2015


In defense of director Zack Snyder’s gloomy depiction of the Last Son of Krypton, Charlie Moss points out that the early comic book Superman didn’t exactly come off as a cheery boy scout fighting for “Truth, Justice, and the American way”:

“The early Superman not only makes threats, he delivers on them. And what makes his actions even more uncharacteristic is that he’s threatening mere mortals, not evil superhumans. In one story, a madman with a container of poisonous gas drops it on the floor as Superman advances toward him. As the gas fills the air, choking the man, Superman watches him die saying, “You’re only getting a taste of the fate you planned to doom others to,” effectively being a murderer by purposely refusing to save him. In another scenario, Superman threatens to leave two criminals hanging underneath an airplane as it’s about to land. He tells them what to expect if they don’t give him answers: “When the plane lands, you won’t make a pretty sight. Confess, or I won’t release you.” Luckily for the thugs and for readers, they do.”

(Image: Henry Cavill sports the wet look in Man of Steel, DC Entertainment/Warner Bros.)

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