BATMAN V SUPERMAN COMICS
The case for each superfella.
Superman’s a better idea than the bomb. When I was a kid the bomb was the biggest thing in my life, because my parents were activists. The bomb was this horror to me. Then I discovered Superman. Here was a guy who, if the bomb went off in his face, it might give him a mild tan…
I always related to Superman, because he was so kind. I didn’t really relate to the Marvel heroes because they were so angry and they were always fighting each other. Superman was a moral exemplar. Especially if you’re a little kid – he truly is a moral exemplar, more so even than Jesus. Because Jesus doesn’t fly around and punch things and fight dragons. That made Superman cooler!
Superman is the emblem of our better selves. He’s everything we want to be in situations where we feel threatened and vulnerable.
All- Star Superman was intended to be quite domestic. He’s got a dog, he’s got a house, he’s got a girlfriend, and he’s got problems with all of it. Just because his house is an arctic fortress filled with these treasures doesn’t mean it’s not just his house. He has to take Krypto for a walk. He takes him for a walk around the rings of Saturn, but he’s still taking his dog for a walk. He still has problems with his girlfriend.
His emotions are written on this large- scale cosmic canvas, which makes even a visit from your relatives into an epic drama. You’ve got your friends, but they live in the future… So I came to feel that the key to Superman stories was to just tell domestic stories about human emotions but on this giant canvas that made them mythic. Because that’s how we feel inside – everything’s mythic. You break up with your lover and it’s an agonising destruction of a romance. It’s Romeo And Juliet.
He’s got the whole world in his hands.