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Petter Myhr Ness
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Posted: 15 December 2018 at 3:35am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Even with the stellar casting of Christopher Reeve, there have been, what, one and a half good Superman movies out of how many tries?
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Most of those made before a time when superhero movies were actually a THING. And I would say that the characterisation of Superman is not the problem with Superman II, III or even IV. 

Then Singer's movie arrives, and the tendency to over-complicate the character begins. As it had in comics. 

If there is a problem, it's that DC have focused so much on his alien origins and made his powers so great over the years, that they removed him from his more down-to-earth beginnings. There have been attempts to fix that, by Denny O'Neill or JB to name two, but unfortunately it didn't stick. 


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Peter Martin
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Posted: 15 December 2018 at 4:59am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Most of those made before a time when superhero movies were actually a THING
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And how many good Superman movies were made after superhero movies were actually a 'thing'?

Steve raises a fair point. The evidence does point to filmmakers struggling with Superman, for whatever reason.

I'm not convinced it's to do with with the specifics of  the character per se, more to do with the weight of the history and resultant audience expectation, but regardless the evidence does point to an inability on behalf of filmmakers to do the character justice.
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Superman is an authority figure (as are most superheroes in general). The people running Hollywood (and comics) these days are "bad boys" who scoff at authority figures. That's why Wolverine is KEEEEWWWLL. And why they "struggle" with Superman.
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Shaun Barry
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Any comments from the Russo Brothers are moot, anyway... last I checked, they haven't been handed the reigns to any potential SUPERMAN film, so no harm, no foul.  Just their own opinion at this point.



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