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Friday, June 14, 2013 

Superman star Henry Cavill turned to some of the weakest comics stories for inspiration

The Vancouver Sun wrote about how Henry Cavill, for his own research into Superman, went to the comics, but what kind of stories did he look into?
“I wanted to have my interpretation, not out of a sense of ego, but a sense of the fact that it might be a disjointed performance if I have someone else’s personality and their influence affecting the interpretation of the character.”

So Cavill, “went straight to the comic books” for inspiration. Especially notable for him were the more modern takes on the adventures; from 1992’s controversial The Death of Superman and 1993’s The Return of Superman to Superman/Batman: The Search for Kryptonite in 2008.
Why does it always have to be some of weakest - if not the worst - storylines that serve as a wellspring for these adapters? Or, why do they always have to be the ones that get mention in the mainstream press? I realize that the slapstick tales from the Silver Age aren't the best source material, but the stuff from the 70s and onwards did have a lot more serious moments and I can't understand why they couldn't be the ones he looked up.

The paper has a trailer for the movie that gives away a bit of the darker angle they're going for this time, and that includes Jonathan Kent (Kevin Costner) arguing with young Clark about whether he should have saved the kids riding on a school bus that had an accident and risk exposing his secret powers. Clark asks if he was supposed to let them die, and if they didn't edit it misleadingly, the adoptive dad answers, "maybe". Honestly, it's a shame that whatever the quality be for this new movie that's opening today, they just have to go for darker paths and act as though nobody likes optimism or it's impossible to do anymore.

Update: on the plus side, Big Hollywood says the movie does respect God and Church, something not very common in today's entertainment landscape. And unlike the last adaptation, Superman Returns, this movie does respect his Americanism, with a line where he says he's "as American as you can get". I guess there is good news for the movie when it comes to that.

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