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Old 11-20-2011, 11:24 AM   #24
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Default Re: Superman/Clark Kent/Kal-El Characterization - Part 1

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Originally Posted by Kurosawa View Post
Well, there's a difference in a fun Halloween scare and the public actually having deeply seated fears of Superman. I think he wouldn't just laugh it off if most people were legit scared of him. Now criminals, that's a different thing.
But even Batman isn't out to scare the innocent, only the guilty:
I pointed to Halloween just to remind hopeful that normal people enjoy the sensation of fear, and that that doesn't make them evil in the vein of Zod and the Joker.

I don't want Superman deliberately scaring innocent people (except on Halloween, natch) or cultivating fear around his identity. Just that, if he happens to frighten someone, he should be able to see the inherent humorous aspect in such an awkward situation and maybe chuckle a little to himself as he assures them he ain't so bad once you get to know him.

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Not THAT much light humour. Not in scenes were it's inappropriate.

Humour in a Superman film should be subtle, and in the right places only. Otherwise your just making him into a characature. A Superhero no one can take seriously.
There's room for subtle and unsubtle humor in Superman's world. Above all else he's suppose to be fun escapist fantasy.

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And why don't you understand 'realistically'...

It means looking at how any man who was raised on earth would actually respond when his lifetime of fears came true, and people regarded him with fear, looking at him like he's a freak.
Yucky! You want that to be Superman's personality and thought process? To be afraid of what people will think of him? And to have that be a big "thing" they spend a lot of time on? I thought you just said above that you don't want him bent out of shape over people being frightened. That kind of navel-gazing Smallville crap is my worst fear for this movie.

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You cannot compare apples to oranges here.

While it might be normal for most humans to find putting on a wig and going 'boo' funny, it is NOT a normal human reaction to take pleasure in terrifying people by exhibiting superhuman powers not of this earth.

We're not talking about Superman showing up and people having a 'bit of a fright', maybe jumping a bit, Superman chortling and then them all having a laugh when they realise how silly it was to have been startled.
Actually, a few laughs over a "boo" is closer to what I'm talking about than the trite, full-blown public panic and hatred and resentment and lifetime fears realized you're apparently envisioning.

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