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.
I think back to my father. As a farmer, he had a natural understanding for the Earth. I remember him telling me this world is capable of providing for all its creatures. Even now, with so many more people, there exists enough food for everyone.
"The problem," Pa used to say, "is people. As far back as we go, we've always had problems with sharing. Seems everyone's too busy holding on to what they've got to care how their neighbors are doing."