Oh, man, I think it would’ve been entirely justified. All I can say to that is there’s a huge difference between what those of us who cannot draw envision when we write a script and what an artist produces based on the same. That’s further complicated by scheduling issues, which (and sadly often in my experience) simply don’t allow time for revision, etc.
I’m not decrying violence in comics, or in movies, I hasten to add this, and I fear that the title of the THR piece - which I didn’t provide - has muddied things further. Ostensibly, Man of Steel is a film that’s going to reach millions on millions of people, many of whom will be seeing Superman on the Big Screen for the first time. That number crosses demographics in a way that monthly comics simply cannot reach. When I was writing Adventures of Superman - and Wonder Woman - I was aware that kids would encounter the books, but they weren’t the main audience. And I do think that I failed in making those books as accessible as I could’ve done for younger readers. The fact is, I don’t think I’m terribly good at presenting stories for a speculative “young reader.”
But to your point, yes, I think it would’ve been entirely fair to call me out on what we did there.
More to the point, I’m NOT calling out DC Entertainment or Man of Steel. I haven’t seen the movie. I haven’t read the script. I’ve seen the same trailers you have. To indict the film without the evidence of seeing it would be ignorant and, frankly, just unfair.
I’m just nervous, as I said. The last time they made a Superman movie, my son was 8. I couldn’t take him to it, it was too dark for him. He wanted to see it desperately, because it was Superman. Superman means a lot to a lot of people. A lot of those people are children.
No, it’s not Warner Brothers’ job to parent my child. But I do think that, especially in the case of an icon as powerful as Superman, there is a responsibility to remember how diverse his audience is. The more of that audience you try to reach - and they’re trying to reach EVERYONE with the MoS campaign - the more, I think, that needs to be considered.
This ultimately may be an MPAA question. Their decision making is beyond arbitrary at times. As someone pointed out to me, PG-13 in Iron Man covers some very different tonal content than the PG-13 in Captain America, y’know? If we’re talking a PG-13 Captain America? I’ll be overjoyed.