Originally Posted by maenalus
There's a great action sequence in Action Comics #21, where Ultra-Humanite sends Superman to rob a jewel from a museum in order to save the life of a doctor Ultra has kidnapped. The police and National Guard attack Superman with everything they've got, from cannons to bomber planes. And throughout it all, Superman is nothing but caustic bravado and mocking wisecracks at their expense. Far from there being many signs that his feelings are hurt at the idea that they think he's a menace that must be stopped or the terrible destruction being wrought over the evil schemes of Ultra, he seems to be enjoying himself a good deal.
That IS great. In the context of a comic in the 40's.
And as I've said before, Superman responding to people being afraid of him by chuckling and saying 'Ha Ha, oh let's not be silly, I'm nothing to be afraid of' very much sounds like something that would have been at home in George Reeves 'Adventures of Superman'.
But it doesn't fit in a modern re telling on the big screen.
Storytelling has evolved beyond that kind of innocent frivolity even in the comics, let alone the films.
'Why do I find all of this so horrible to explore?
Sure, they are interesting questions that I don't mind seeing in an elseworlds GN. But as a theme for the film that is kicking off the tone of the whole JL, and in a film that is presenting Superman to the general audience in a way that current generations will remember him?
I just don't like it. It's dark, it's depressing and it's not how I like the tone of Superman films to be.'