Should A Superman Film Be PG Or PG-13? A Comic Book Writer's Plea
Fan favorite comic book writer Greg Rucka makes the argument for why a Superman film needs to PG. Trekking through the whole Superman filmography, Rucka states that,"if you make a Superman movie you can’t take kids to, you’ve done something wrong." Agree or disagree?
Superman (1978)- PG
Superman II (1980) - PG
Superman III (1983) - PG
Superman IV: The Quest For Peace(1987) - PG
Superman Returns (2006) - PG-13
Man of Steel (2013) - PG-13
Can a film's rating indicate a wrong approach to Superman? Comic book writer Greg Rucka (Superman: World of New Krypton, Gotham Central, 52, Punisher) doesn't outright make that distinction but instead, raises some thought-provoking questions in his essay over at The Hollywood Reporter. Specifically, Rucka asks that a Superman film be something that uplifts and inspires, particularly for little children; and not the tale of "an absent-father who got prison-yard shanked with a Kryptonite shiv," in a clear reference to Superman Returns. Citing the hope and optimism of the original Richard Donner film, Rucka says that in light of recent tragedies, we need Man of Steel to possess the same attributes. Now Rucka isn't foolishly condemning the film before he it's even released, he's merely poking a finger at Hollywood and it's current tendency to lean towards "dark" and "gritty" for it's comic book properties.
It's an interesting question and one I'm not going to present in any other format than what the original writer wanted. Check out the original essay over at THR and then come back and discuss away in the comment section below.
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MAN OF STEEL: "The Battle Of Smallville"
Running Time: In post-production
Release Date: 14 June 2013 (USA)
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Starring: Henry Cavill, Michael Shannon, Amy Adams, Kevin Costner,Russell Crowe, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Christopher Meloni, Richard Schiff, Harry Lennix
Directed by: Zack Snyder
Written by: Christopher Nolan (story), David S. Goyer screenplay)
Man of Steel follows the Last Son of Krypton on his epic journey to become mankind's shinning beacon of hope for a brighter future. With the beliefs and values instilled by his adoptive parents Jonathan (Kevin Costner) and Martha (Diane Lane) Kent, a young Clark (Henry Cavill) sets out to find his place in the world. But when the nefarious General Zodd (Michael Shannon) arrives on Earth, Clark will have to choose between being a normal human or Kal-el,son of Jor-El (Russell Crowe) and humanity's greatest protector and champion. Filmed in IMAX and shot in Vancouver, Chicago and Plano, Illinois, Man of Steel will be released on June 14, 2013 by Warner Bros. Directed by Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen) with a screenplay by David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight) the Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight Rises, Inception) produced feature film will surely be the summer blockbuster of 2013.
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