Although I suspect many would guess this about me, I confess that I get geeked up over comic books as much as I do movies. At a small birthday party held for me in May, I actually jumped off the couch with excitement when my mother-in-law handed me a gift bag containing The Encyclopedia of Comics. The 400-plus pages made for days of fun reading and nostalgia.
Despite my affection for comics (super-hero comics in particular) I never really liked Superman. Kal-El was too much of a boy scout for me, and always had too much power for the writers to use effectively. C'mon, ...If a hero can easily change the rotation of a planet, or throw objects through space and into the Sun...Well, that's just too damn silly for even a geek like me to get excited about.
I like angst-ridden anti-heroes. Give me a hero with a guilt complex, or a character struggling to overcome some emotional distress. Let me get to know a hero who broods over a decision, or who actually kills a super-villain once in a while in order to serve the greater good. Superman would never behave in such a way. And that's a shame. It keeps me from connecting with him like I do with Batman or Wolverine. Or even Spider-Man.
In order to modernize the Man of Steel, Superman writers have more recently married him off to Lois Lane, and even let Clark Kent grow a pony-tail. It was a nice try at humanizing the nearly god-like icon, but not good enough.
I'll see the movie, just because...Well, that's what I do. I know it will do huge box office, and that the effects will be super. I'm sure it will spawn a sequel or three, and sell lots of lunchboxes. I just hope the story is great. It's just that I worry it won't be.