The DCEU's version of Superman has been the topic of many debates ranging from his attitude to how he stacks up against Christopher Reeves's version from way back when. There's only one sure thing: The past cannot be undone and the future is the only thing that matters. Let's take a look at what Patrick Gleason and Peter. J Tomasi are currently doing in one of the best comic books on the shelves today — Superman: Rebirth — and how this can translate to the big screen
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In the real world, one cannot put their hopes in anyone due to how fragile us humans truly are, and so we look to characters in fiction to bring us hope on a dreary day, or a smile when the day just didn't go our way. Luckily, the #DCEU ended BvS on a very high note (no, not his death, but) by having him finally found his place: fighting alongside Batman and Wonder Woman protecting mankind. If you're following comics, then you know about a certain patriot's turn to the dark side. Luckily, #DC comics doubled down on what makes the mild-mannered reporter from Smallville so appealing: Optimism!
The DCEU has laid the groundwork for us to be truly invested in Superman's happiness and he can now be the Justice League's broad shoulders to lean on when times are tough, because no matter what is thrown at the Blue Boy Scout, his attitude remains the same.
In Superman #21, a giant squid monster (Do you think that could be a reference to...nevermind!) attacked Smallville and every citizen wanted Superman to kill it before it killed them. And yet, all he was trying to do was get it to the water so that Aquaman could take control over it and save it. He replied to the citizens with a simple, "We are not exterminators." That is #Superman: No matter how many people may think it's right, if Clark Kent believes its wrong then he'll stand up to anyone and hold his ground. That is inspirational in any age.
Give Him A Family
OK, just ignore Superman Returns because I'm still not sure where the movie was supposed to fit in the timeline. Remember that hot, steamy tub scene in BvS? If a writer wanted to, they could have that be the moment of conception and have Lois tell Clark in a post-credits scene in Justice League that she's pregnant.
Jon Kent (a.k.a. Superboy) is someone you'd love to see at the movies alongside Superman battling the bad guys. This will give Superman a unique dynamic that is not often portrayed in these kinds of films outside of Pixar, and it could draw an extremely large crowd because of the family appeal.
All right, this may call back to Hawkeye's family in Age of Ultron, but this is what people want to see when they go see a Superman film. Also, it'd be wise to include Supergirl in the next installment to give moviegoers a chance to see Clark and Kara's incomparable sadness about being the only two people left from Krypton. CW's Supergirl has shown their bright and sunny side, but just wait for the season finale to fully see how truly painful this could be.
Lastly, have Brainiac be the bad guy for Clark to teach Jon about his heritage with the lost city of Kandor, and all the trauma that Kara is still dealing with. Plus, I'm sure Clark could learn a thing or two as well. (Brainiac collects worlds and I know there was a comic which supposedly introduced Supergirl in the DCEU, but retconning happens for a reason!)
There are a lot things in today's world that makes it tough to hold your head up high, but Superman isn't one of them. Fictional characters are important because they can be symbols for us when it feels like our world is falling apart. The DCEU has the opportunity to show us how far Clark has come by just taking a page out of their comics and staying true to the source material. Everyone can be super, but they can also be a douche, too. You decide.
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Do you want to see Jon Kent and Kara Danvers in the DCEU?