Confessions of a Superman Fan

Guys, I have to say that seeing the “blockbuster” film Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice a couple of weeks ago, as well as the lukewarm reception  the aforementioned film has received from both viewers and critics has left me feeling a tad blue.


“Hello, darkness, my old friend…”

You see, we here at Twinsanity are Superman fans. We have been for years now, and speaking as a Superman fan, I have to say, it’s really hard these days to be one. There hasn’t been a decent take on Superman in the media since Superman: The Animated Series and if one counts it, Smallville. And Big Blue’s latest venture on the big screen has just been one flop after another. Granted, neither Man of Steel nor Batman V Superman bombed at the box office, but the reception for these films has not been stellar. Many fans (myself included) feel that our hero Supes is just being continually dumped on through both of these movies. And while Batman is enjoying the success of the Arkham Asylum video games, Superman’s most noteworthy game Superman 64 is is infamously known for being one of THE WORST video games of all time. In this current society of “Dark, moody and angsty = AWESOME!!” and most kids preferring the darkness of Batman, it’s especially trying on those of us fans who prefer the light.

One can only imagine what must be going through Supes’ head right now…

The thing of it is, Superman used to be The Man, and he can be that again, but a couple of things need to happen first. For one, writers and directors need to stop getting these two guys mixed up with each other.


Superman is NOT Batman! The 2 heroes AREN’T the same! They’re at opposite sides of the DC Heroes’ spectrum. Batman is dark, brooding and gritty. Superman is not!  Superman represents hope, light, idealism. Supes is the hero that other super heroes aspire to be like. And while we’re on the subject, Superman’s city Metropolis does NOT look like this:


This is Gotham City. Gotham is the seedy, crime infested hell hole. Metropolis, by contrast, is a beautiful city.


You see this? Notice the bright colors, the blue sky and how everything here isn’t shades of gray?

My point: Don’t write Superman the way that you would Batman because they AREN’T  the same. Superman averts Armegeddon while Batman deals with the crazies. I’m not denying the awesome-ness of Batman, Wolverine and their ilk, but not every super hero needs to be Batman or Wolverine. Much like how you can’t have a top without a bottom or a front without a back, dark super heroes can’t exist without the light ones. A world in which every single super hero is dark and angst ridden is not a world that I’d want to live in. I can’t put it any better than JustSomeRandomGuy voiced through Spider Man on his YouTube channel:

“The light super heroes compliment the dark super heroes and vice-versa. If every super hero were dark, that would be boring because they’d all be exactly the same.”

There is a ray of hope, though. Reportedly, after the lukewarm reception of BVS,  DC plans to be more “hands on” with the future DCEU films, and there’s even talk of bringing in the likes of Bruce Timm as a consultant for the Justice League movies. It’s too late for Warner Brothers to give Zack Snyder the boot as director (as much as I’d like for that to happen), but word is that while Snyder will still be directing Justice League Part 1, there may be a different director for JL Part 2.

You see, Superman used to be The Man, and he can be again, but Big Blue needs to directed by someone who understands the character and who respects the character’s mythos and just plain gets Superman. I’d like to see another good Superman movie in my lifetime, so it’s time to step your game up, WB.

Wouldn’t you like for things to be like this again?




7 thoughts on “Confessions of a Superman Fan

    1. Superman Family was described as being “A Superman focused Brave and the Bold” and I liked The Brave and the Bold. Too bad that Warner Brothers passed on the idea. Those character designs would take some getting used to, especially those those pink noses, but I’m all for a lighter take on the DC universe. I would have watched it just because it was about Superman as opposed to being the umptee-seventh take on Batman and his supporting cast.


      1. Yeah, some of the designs look kind of John Kricfalusi-esque, particularly Big Blue himself, who looks like one of the Ripping Friends, but I still would’ve watched this series had it happened. I didn’t know Natasha Irons has a Steel suit now; that’s kind of cool.


      2. I think the reason why Batman tends to be favored more than Superman by DC is due to his status as the normal, straight man in a world of super powered beings/scenarios. He’s in every project involving the Justice League and is the DC character with the most team ups, such as with Scooby Doo (3 times) and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

        Superman can still be a compelling character and straight man, but in a different way, like if more emphasis is put on him maintaining the peace and less on causing the problem . His Justice League Action incarnation exemplifies this well, unlike his Young Justice incarnation.


  1. There’s also the fact that Batman’s live action movies have made a ton of money. DC and Warner Brothers will continue to milk Batman as long as he continues to be a Bat cash cow.

    There are no uninteresting characters, only characters that the writers and directors choose not to make interesting. Superman’s popularity has endured for several decades. There’s no reason why he can’t be seen as a cool character now. People who see Big Blue’s power set as a weakness or as a writing problem need to take into consideration that on the other side of the pond there’s another super powered god among men who always tries to do what’s right named Son Gokou from Dragon Ball, who’s basically Japanese Superman, yet I’ve never heard anyone say that Gokou is a boring character


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