Superman is the greatest American mythological character and it isn’t even close. After six films, all but one can be considered a blockbuster, but none have topped the original 1978 film starring Christopher Reeves. Yet while it is indisputably the best it is nonetheless flawed.
Superman has a nice three part story arc if any hotshot Hollywood writer wants to use it.
The first movie would not deal with his origin. This is one of the flaws of the recent Man of Steel, overburdening a movie with a bunch of hastily scribbled nonsense does nothing to advance the character. The first movie is about a super man, emphasis on the man. It is his humanity that should be the focus.
Begin with Kal-El crawling out of a strange looking meteor (swaddled in a unique material that in certain angles reveals the S Shield). Jonathan and Martha Kent find him and eventually adopt him, raising them as his own. He comes into his powers slowly and Pa Kent imbues him with a sense of honor, sacrifice and other such noble sentiments. Paired with Superman’s childhood is the upbringing of Lex Luthor, whose hard life motivates him to gain riches and domination. At the brink of adulthood they both experience an enormous personal loss Luther loses someone/something (Hey, I can’t do all the work here, I’m not getting paid) and Superman loses his father. Keep in mind that Clark, as he is known, just knows that he is “special” and his entrance into the lives of the Kents was “miraculous”. Continue reading