Grant Morrison Reviews ‘Man of Steel’ – Not a Fan
Grant Morrison wrote one of the most beloved Superman stories of modern times with his take in All Star Superman, but he seems a bit late to the party with his appraisal of the latest Superman movie, Man of Steel. Still, his opinion is valid, and it was recently offered to USA Today.
“I kinda liked it and kinda didn’t, to be honest,” he began. “I feel bad because I like Zack Snyder and David Goyer, and Henry Cavill was really good.
“But it felt like one of those ones where it’s like, ‘Bring on the second movie now that you’ve done this’, and I don’t need to see that as someone who knows all I know about Superman.
“For me, it was a bit ‘seen it before’, no matter how they tried to make it a little bit different. I’m more looking forward to the Dark Knight version of Superman, the next one, where hopefully it will have Lex Luthor and be some fantastic second act.
Now from here, Morrison’s opinion may not be itself a spoiler, but he goes into some details that definitely are spoilery, so if you still haven’t seen Man of Steel and want to, but go in spoiler-free, avert your eyes in…
Still here? Okay, here’s what else Morrison had to say:
“It’s a credible Superman for now. But I’m not sure about the killing thing. I don’t want to sound like some fuddy-duddy Silver Age apologist but I’ve recently noticed a lot of people saying Batman should kill the Joker and, yeah, Superman should kill, he should make the tough moral decisions we all have to make every day.
“I don’t know about you, but the last moral decision I made didn’t have anything to do with killing people. And I don’t think many of us ever have to make the decision whether or not to kill. In fact, the more you think about it, unless you’re in one of the Armed Forces, killing is illegal and immoral. Why would we want our superheroes to do that?
“There is a certain demand for it, but I just keep wondering why people insist that this is the sort of thing we’d all do if we were in Superman’s place and had to make the tough decision and we’d kill Zod. Would we? Very few of us have ever killed anything.
“What is this weird bloodlust in watching our superheroes kill the villains?”
Morrison makes some good points, but I think he’s more fair in his commentary than a lot of people on the internet have been. It vexes me because it seems that Man of Steel tried to address a lot of the stuff fan boys complained about regarding Superman, only to piss off those same fan boys all the more. Alas, what is a filmmaker supposed to do now-in-days? You can’t please everyone.
What do you Bastards think of Morrison’s comments? Agree, disagree, or indifferent?
Source: Digital Spy