Originally Posted by Human Torch
The problem that most people seem to have (and I'm not saying you alone) is thinking "We can't have the DONNER Superman today!That Chris Reeve was a nice guy and all,but nobody would buy him today."
But let me tell you where it's at kids: The 70's were (if possible) even more cynical than today.Even Reeve said at the time people can't help but smirk at the line "Truth,Justice & The American Way" but he still says it convincingly. Because Superman is supposed to stand for optimism,even in the most bleak and cynical times.He's the ideal that we strive to follow.
Instead the "modern" Superman has to be brought down to our level.Look!He's as depressed and moody as I am! Hooray!
I don't necessarily feel I should identify with Superman as I should admire him.
It's something that Kevin Smith has brought up.In the same way most modern films approach Jesus.I don't want to see Jesus as the guy next door,brought down to my pitiful level.That's not who He was,so that's not what I want to see.Superman is similar in that respect.He's not defined by what he can't do,but by what he can do.And it's much more than any of us can,that's for sure.
The films to come will likely chronicle how Superman/Kal-El ascends to that level of status. So it makes sense that he starts off as relatable. The first seasons of Smallville had Clark, for all intensive purposes a normal teenage high school kid facing high school problems etc etc, then as the show progressed, we saw more growth into Superman.