Man Of Steel is shaping up to be an interesting take on Superman and one that I don’t think sits a million miles away from what Nolan did with the Batman.
Let’s be honest, even Nolan’s take on the Batman had arch fantasy elements, there’s no reason Superman couldn’t coexist in the Nolan universe (as seen in The Dark Knight, etc.). Hearing Jonathan Kent say maybe to young Clark’s question about whether he should let people die in order to hide his identity affirms for me the movie’s intentions.
It’s not a rehashed origin story, nor is it a plain old reboot but rather something in-between.
In rebuilding Superman for the current era baggage must be discarded and some of it is baggage that’s considered sacrosanct by the fans. Among that baggage is the notion that Superman has arrived on a slightly anachronistic, utopian Earth (the only threats on which being megalomaniacs and petty criminals) and that he must wear his pants over his tights.
Christopher Reeve’s Superman had huge amounts of fan service, it’s just that fans of Superman in the seventies had only ever seen the black and white Superman serials or read comic books and consequently all it took was to ensure he wore red and blue, and could fly.
Audiences now, in the modern era of comic book movies, have seen Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, the Batman, Spider-Man, Captain America, Hellboy and a host of others, all realised in a believable – or at the very lest semi-believable – fashion.
What we must all realise is that comic book movies are now designed for a bigger audiences than just the traditional fans, there can be no fan service anymore. Directors need to stick with their own vision or they will be forever bogged down with the minutiae of a character who’s very existence almost stretches back almost as far as cinema itself.