Ever since we heard that Man of Steel was being written by and executive produced by , the claims of the movie being darker and more depressing, like The Dark Knight, have been ever-present despite the superheroes coming from two pretty different comic book worlds.
A new twist appears to be on the cards, since Goyer has just revealed that this time around the movie isn't being approached as a typical "comic book movie" at all. In a recent interview with Empire (via Comic Book Movie), he said:
We're approaching Superman as if it weren't a comic book movie, as if it were real... I adore the Donner films. Absolutely adore them. It just struck me that there was an idealist quality to them that may or may not work with today's audience. It just struck me that if Superman really existed in the world, first of all this story would be a story about first contact.
He's an alien. You can easily imagine a scenario in which we'd be doing a film like E.T., as opposed to him running around in tights. If the world found out he existed, it would be the biggest thing that ever happened in human history... It falls into that idea of trying to humanise the inhuman. He's made out of steel, he's not made out of flesh, metaphorically speaking. We are portraying him as a man, yet he's not a man.
Goyer seems to have a clear vision when it comes to this realistic and grounded take on the Last Son of Krypton. In fact, Man of Steel's subtext seems to be largely about societies and how they view "outsiders".
What do you think of Goyer's approach to grounding Superman, is it the wrong direction to go altogether?