By Scott Tipton
Zack Snyder's MAN OF STEEL is only a month or so away, and I am, shall we say, cautiously excited. Having not really enjoyed a SUPERMAN movie since SUPERMAN II in 1980, I'm hoping to leave the theatre satisfied at least in some measure. Unfortunately, I know all too well that many of my favorite things about Superman will never be seen on the big screen. Let's look at a few of them, shall we?
He even kept a couple at his place in Metropolis, just in case:
Aside from the fact that having your own personal robot army is always cool, the Superman robots were a nice reminder that Superman isn't just super-strong, he's also super-smart, a detail that seems to have been lost in the last few years of Superman comics.
It's a charmingly fairy-tale-like notion. Fifties and early Sixties Superman especially has a whimsical tone that I love. Grant Morrison had a wonderfully clever revision of this idea in ALL-STAR SUPERMAN:
Admittedly, this may just be nostalgia based on the Corgi toy Supermobile I had as a kid...
...but I still like it.
I think what I liked about it most was that it stood for an element of mercy and kindness that's integral to Superman's character, and which kind of gets lost these days. When Superman was left with the dilemma of what to do with Bizarro, an imperfect tormented creature that didn't ask to be born so different, he didn't kill him or lock him up in a prison. Superman reshaped a planet, carving the square edges into it so that Bizarro and his people would feel connected to it. He made them a home. That's what Superman does. He doesn't fight people. He helps people.
Moreover, Krypto is a reminder of Superman's childhood, an unexpected piece of his homeworld that found its way to Earth and helped make Superboy feel a little less alone.
How can you argue with that?