Dcu Young Superman Stories James Gunn Ought

After the merger of Discover and Warner Media, new chairman David Zaslav said he wanted his own Kevin Feige to direct DC Films. Finally, James Gunn and Peter Safran were announced as co-heads of the newly renamed DC studios. Shortly after, with the confirmation of current Superman actor Henry Cavill, Gunn announced that DC Films would be looking for a new Superman to star in a solo film written by Gunn himself.

The only other thing Gunn shared was that the movie would explore Superman at the beginning of his career. Knowing this, along with Gunn’s respect for the diverse and unusual sources, means that Gunn could draw inspiration from some of the best and weirdest stories from Superman’s early days. Here are some that James Gunn should include in his script.

Superman For All Seasons

Best described as “Superman by Norman Rockwell”, Superman for All Seasons by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale covers the first calendar year of Superman’s career, starting in the spring, just before Clark leaves Smallville for Metropolis, and ending with a wintry showdown between Superman and Lex Luthor. In addition to the seasonal structure, each issue/season is narrated by a different person in Superman’s life, from Ma Kent to Lex Luthor himself.

If Gunn was aiming for a warm, nostalgic Superman movie, For All Seasons is a great starting point. The Clark of Superman: For All Seasons is written as a kind of gentle giant, both kind and seemingly burdened by his responsibilities. The comic is also known for its beautiful renderings by the artist Tim Sale, which would represent an interesting visual aesthetic.

Superman and the Men of Steel (New 52)

If James Gunn wants his Superman to be a little more disruptive, Grant Morrison and Rags Morales’ action Comics run is the starting point. As part of the 2011 DC Continuity reboot the New 52, Superman and The Men of Steel was the first arc in Morrison’s and Morales’ run, positioning the hero as the champion of outsiders that his original creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Schuster wanted.

In the first moments of the story, Superman leaves a corrupt official hanging on a balcony in front of the police. This Superman can’t fly yet and is wearing only a T-shirt and jeans with his cape, but he is quite confident and arrogant, as any bulletproof 20-year-old would do. Most of the story shows Superman avoiding the authorities, led by her advisor Lex Luthor. All this leads to a confrontation with Brainiac, during which Superman earns his iconic costume. Superman and The Men of Steel is set firmly in Metropolis, features a young Superman and introduces an unseen villain to a Superman movie, making it perfect for a Gunn adaptation.

1938 Action Comics

While Superman and The Men of Steel updates the original stories by Siegel and Schuster for the modern age, Gunn can also easily adapt these early stories in large quantities. In the original action comics #1, Superman is not explicitly revealed as a hero until after in the story, with his iconic cover literally showing a man running away in fear. Superman’s enemies are not super villains, but corrupt officials, strikers and bankers.

The definition of the first solo film in 1938 would be difficult in terms of time, especially if this film was to establish a connection with after released DC projects, but returning to the beginnings of DC Comics would certainly give the project a certain credibility. It was actually rumored that the previously announced Superman movie, written by Ta Nahisi Coates and produced by JJ Abrams, would be set in the 40s, so the audience would be able to see this approach sooner rather than after.

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