DC DELIGHTS #7 - Special Edition; The Relatability Of Superman

This edition of DC DELIGHTS is going to be more of an editorial of sorts rather than a bunch of news combined together to make an article, as I wanted to delve into an idea that has been swirling around the internet this week. The topic at hand is the relatability of Superman, or rather DC Films' interpretation of the character. This notion has popped up this week thanks to an in depth interview Forbes' Mark Hughes had with Executive Producer Deborah Snyder, who works closely with DC Films. I'll link the interview down below if you are interested in reading it.
In the interview Deborah said the following about the topic at hand:

[A hero's journey]’s the great thing about our Superman. He is more relatable. Someone said, “It’s so dark,” and I go, “Well, is it dark? He’s going through real problems that we go through as people every day.” To me that’s not dark, that’s life. We’re complicated people. And we’re making him in that way more relatable.

So I don’t think that’s dark, I think that’s just who we are. People are complex, we’re not strictly just the good Boy Scout trying to do good. He does want to do good, and I think all of the things Superman represents are who he is, but he also stumbles along the way and learns from it. To me, that’s so much more interesting.

The people of internet took this and made their own views known, be it that this is a complete shambles and that Deborah is reaching at straws in this instance. Many disregarded everything perhaps not fully grasping the idea or just seeing Superman as a god and not trying to relate him to themselves.

Me on the other hand, I'm quite the opposite, as I one hundred per cent agree with what Deborah had to say. For me this Superman is tangential to the human race. If you break down his God-like domineer one can see a man willing to do right, wants to do right, and has deal with the repercussions of doing right.

He wishes to be a beacon of hope for the mankind and to steer it in a right path, like what Jor-El thinks and hopes Kal will become. While this seems outlandish for us mere mortals, the idea of becoming a symbol for good is what many strive towards. Another thing about Superman is that he has to deal with consequences for his actions, be they seem right or wrong, which is an occurrence we all face on a near day to day basis. Furthermore he sacrifices not just himself on occasion but his power to the greater good to which, bar the sacrificing ourselves, is an ideal we as a collective can relate to.

So while a minority with a microphone speaks their mind about this viewpoint, I think that there is a majority out there that across the board feel some connection to the Man of Steel. In the end I believe that he is indeed relatable.

Mark's Interview


Wonder Woman is slated for release on June 2, 2017; followed by Justice League on November 17, 2017; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; an untitled DC Film on October 5, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League 2 on June 14, 2019; an untitled DC film on November 1, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern Corps on July 24, 2020. The Flash, Harley Quinn spinoff, a Man of Steel sequel, and a Batman solo movie are currently without release dates.
The Flash season 3 will premiere Tuesday October 4th at 8pm on The CW, Arrow season 5 will premiere in the same timeslot on Wednesday October 5th, Supergirl season 2 on Monday October 10th, and Legends of Tomorrow season 2 on Thursday October 13th.

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