While making the publicity rounds for his upcoming appearance in Glee
, actor Dylan Sprayberry
also took the time to chat about his role in Zack Snyder's Superman
film, Man of Steel
. The young star plays a 13-year-old Clark Kent, and shared that although we often think of the superhero as an aw-shucks kind of character who is more American than apple pie, Snyder's film has something different in store for Superman. "They want to give it a more edgy feel like The Dark Knight
but also make it more realistic and emotional so it’s not just the all-American superhero that saves everyone," Sprayberry shared
. "He has dilemmas and love and struggles throughout the whole movie, especially when he’s a kid." So Clark Kent will be angsty? Is that possible for a superhero that many comic book fans have dubbed … boring?
We saw what happened when Superman: Earth One
was released by DC Comics in 2010. The Man of Steel was likened to Twilight's
mopey vampire played by Robert Pattinson, thanks to a costume overhaul. The young, modernized crimefighter was pictured in a hoodie, which didn't go over well with many fans. But it wasn't just Supes' physical appearance that people took issue with. It was his darker persona. In IGN's review
of the comic, they wrote:
"Superman, a character long known for his unflappable moral fortitude no matter how conflicted a story might make him, becomes an angst-ridden cliché with a flimsy moral center and an eye towards vengeance. No, you did not read that last sentence wrong — JMS for some reason thought it would be a good idea to inject a little Batman-style revenge into Superman's backstory."
Will fans find fault with a similar approach for the big-screen reboot? We know the superhero has gone through bouts of disconnect and feelings of alienation due to his powerful abilities. We also know his adoption — after being sent to Earth from his dying planet, Krypton — can somewhat add to those feelings. Can Snyder channel the emotions he wants into something compelling that makes sense for the Superman mythos? Let us know your thoughts below.