The actor playing young Clark Kent in Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel” recently spoke with ClevverTV and told them the one thing I didn’t want to hear: “Man of Steel” will be “edgy,” like “The Dark Knight.”
What will people really love about Man of Steel? When Zack [Snyder] and I were talking about it the first time, he was saying how Superman, they want to give it a more edgy feel like The Dark Knight but also make it more realistic and emotional so it’s not just the all-American superhero that saves everyone. He has dilemmas and love and struggles throughout the whole movie, especially when he’s a kid.
My problem with this entire idea is that not everything needs to be gritty, dark and edgy. I can appreciate more realistic and emotional, but just because something is realistic doesn’t mean it should divert away from what it is. In this case, Superman has always had a certain air to him: He is clean cut, all-American, and he resides in this sort of glossy world that is Metropolis. He’s a timeless character and a big part of that is because of the world he lives in and protects.
I don’t want to go see another “Dark Knight” with a different leading man. I want to see a Superman movie. Snyder and his team shouldn’t try to inject edge where it isn’t necessary. It’s lazy, and just a sad excuse to make something “modern.”
There’s nothing wrong with “Truth, Justice and the American Way,” is there? Bryan Singer managed to keep that perfectly in tact while modernizing Superman (and Lex Luthor) a bit in “Superman Returns.”
I’ll see the “Man of Steel,” and I’ll hope for the best. But I’ve never held my breath when it came to Snyder’s work.