Re: Superman/Clark Kent/Kal-El Characterization - Part 1
The conflict that is interesting here is whether or not Superman should be a savior to a people who will likely never truly appreciate his help, always expecting more, and whether or not he will be able to be (or be willing to be) that symbol of good and hope that can pervade throughout society and help man help themselves. That is the truly interesting story, if told as though Superman had human thoughts, reactions, feelings. I agree with hopefulsuicide that every character can be related to just as well as the next, it just depends how you depict that. In many ways that's what makes a strong work of art - it is the manner of the depiction that is truly impressive, not simply the content. I feel pretty confident Nolan/Goyer found the source of this character's being.
"No great genius has ever existed without some touch of madness." - Aristotle