Saving the Superman Films

MTV’s new comic-centric web site is smart enough to go to the right people for opinions on DC’s film adaptations of their beloved characters. Now, if only Warner Bros. could wisely do the same!

Novelist/comics scribe Brad Meltzer (who was interviewed with writers Mark Waid and Grant Morrison about how to save the Superman films) had this to say:

“Superman is a character more recognizable than Abraham Lincoln or Mickey Mouse,” Meltzer said. “But no one knows crap about Mickey Mouse. He’s a symbol. Understanding a soul is much harder. So don’t treat him like a walking American flag.”

To understand Superman, Meltzer says, you have to know why Superman was created in the first place — because a young Jerry Siegel’s father was shot and killed in 1932 (a fact first uncovered by Gerard Jones in “Men of Tomorrow: Geeks, Gangsters and the Birth of the Comic Book”).

“Superman was created not because America is the greatest country on earth, not because Moses came to save us from Krypton, but because a little boy lost his father,” Meltzer said. “In his first appearances, he couldn’t fly. He didn’t have X-ray vision. He was only bulletproof. So Superman’s not a character built out of strength, but out of loss.”

Read the full article at MTV’s Splash Page here.

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