Do we really want an incorruptible, nice guy superhero?
On June 14, I will pile into a dark theater like millions of other people to watch a flawless demigod knock fist holes in the face of injustice before hucking it across space like a stone on water. I will not, however, be holding out hope that Man of Steel will be anything more than that. Despite the extraordinary combination of Zack Snyder and Christopher Nolan (two men whose superpower seems to be making superhero movies), I don’t expect much from the new Superman. In 80 years of existence, Superman has revealed very few weaknesses, but carrying a compelling narrative is certainly right up near the top next to kryptonite.
As counterintuitive as it sounds, there is only one way to make a great Superman movie, and that’s to make a movie about someone other than Superman. Let me try to explain.