Dc/Warner bros. seem to have a Superman problem. Specifically, they don’t like him.
It’s hard to blame them, as Batman, the dark and gritty psychopath, seems to make more money, both in film and comics. Mind you, the Superman films have never been given a sequel, whereas the Batman Begins film made LESS than Superman returns, yet it got a sequel, and went on to bigger numbers. It also seems to please the audience more, as it is increasingly made up from 14 year old boys who won’t like anything that doesn’t dwell in the dark, and is morally ambiguous. A true hero is no longer in vogue.
The Superman film, “Man of Steel” was meant to overcome that demand, yet alienated a great number of Superman fans who still expect the character to remain a decent, caring being. Representing a set of ideals, as a hero is supposed to. The film was not really bad, but suffered from too much noise, a completely blue/dark colour scheme, over the top fights, and no really great character moments. On repeated viewings, I have come to actually like the film, but would have preferred a more humane film.
Now, comes word that Ben Affleck is SO great as Batman in the first cut of the new film, Batman V Superman, that the film executives want More Affleck/Batman and LESS Cavill/Superman in the film. As some have joked, it should be renamed "Batman v Batman:dawn of Batman". The idea is that Batman is now the cornerstone of the Dc universe, not Superman. There are also NO Man of Steel movie sequels planned, yet there are three Batman films lined up.
I don’t know if this is a coke fuelled idea, from some executive who, like most 14 year old boys, has very little in the way of compassion, or humanity, but this is going to PISS OFF Superman fans, myself included. If it's someone's idea of a great publicity stunt, then they need a new publicity firm. I despise the massive number of people on the net who judge EVERY film, before they’ve seen one frame of it, and have put up with a huge number of ANTI SUPERMAN rants on Io9.com which usually drain me of hope for humanity, but if this crap is true, Warners can kiss me goodbye as a fan.
I read comics, and over the years, have put up with some really crappy stuff, to get to the great stuff. However, the relaunch of DC comics known as the New 52, Superman’s new origin was poorly handled, in my opinion. He has no current ties to humanity at all, Lois has outed his identity to the world, and he comes off as a dumb, arrogant, stupid character. He is the ONLY reason I read comics at all, and if things don’t change for the better soon, Warner/Dc can kiss my purchases of comics goodbye as well.
I’m not going to demand a particular set of changes, or a particular director, or writer. I will give them the chance to do what they want, but I do demand that Warner/Dc start caring about their flagship character soon, and give him more than one appearance to get his footing, or I’m gone. Along with my pocketbook.