1. My favorite superhero movies will always be Superman 1 and 2 starring Christopher Reeves. Not that big a fan of the genre, and I’m tired of it since it’s being done to death. But why did Gunn choose to write screenplays for a niche he has grown to hate?
    Different strokes for different folks. I’m not saying superhero films are “bad” and I wouldn’t want to spoil them for those who enjoy them.
    I just want more characters like Bilbo or Frodo Baggins. Only four feet high and the latter takes on the supernatural evil of the dark lord Sauron threatening to destroy the world he loves. No supernatural powers–except the Ring which he is forbidden to use.
    Funny how no one wants to “gender swap” Frodo. Yet a female protagonist would be more believable (and likeable) filling a suffering servant role in a fantasy adventure than a Superman.

    • I like both those films, especially The Richard Donner Cut for “Superman II.” It restores the original gravitas-yet-fun emphasis of the maestro, Donner. A second maestro, Zack Snyder, definitely shifted the gravitas-yet-fun ratio toward the former. Yet I equally if not more love “Man of Steel” and the rest of this series as a beautiful exploration of how our world, not just a happy-go-lucky-movie-land, would truly react to Kal-El’s arrival.

      Donner specifically opposed the kind of cynicism others wanted for Superman:

      “I was brought up with Superman as a kid. … There was a whole point in my life where I read Superman. So when I was finished with [the original script that was cynical, indulgent, and disrespectful to Superman], I was like, ‘Man, if they make this movie, they are destroying the legend of Superman.’ I wanted to do it just to defend him.”


      As fans know, WB back in the 70s–80s also got rid of Donner, and hired the “slapstick comedy” director Richard Lester to take over film 2 and handle film 3. The results were disastrous, marking the first time that a Superman film franchise was destroyed by WB.

      James Gunn is a cynical, indulgent, and disrespectful movie-maker. He literally said he had no interest in making a Superman movie because he favors lesser-known comic book figures—which, in my view, he can then remake in his own spiteful image, then get away with it because he adds cute little critters and snarkiness that folks enjoy.

      • I saw a review for Brightburn and a couple for The Boys. I could only enjoy a movie about evil super characters if they were not the focus. If there were loveable, good but “weak” heroes we could cheer for.
        But that would be a super villain movie.
        By their nature superheroes are unrelatable. Probably why they fare better in comics or movies than written fiction. In ancient times they had spoken and performative stories and loved “super” characters too. Though at least half the time the stories focused on ordinary people rather than super demigods like Hercules or the Olympus crowd.
        Interesting how we seem to have come full circle in our stories.
        Oral to written to pictured…and oral again.

        • Brandon Sanderson’s series “The Reckoners” is exactly this kind of story: superpowered humans are evil, but the ordinary/weak humans are good and noble. You definitely cheer for them. It’s still very much about heroes.

What say you?