For years Superman has stood for truth, justice and the American way. But that’s all changing in Grant Morrison’s take on the character in the DC reboot.
Morrison says that his take reflects the current attitude many have toward authority figures.
“The cops don’t know him. They can’t trust him,” Morrison told Newsarama. “He’s willing to break the law. So obviously, people are scared as well, because he’s using these incredible powers, and no-one quite knows what that means.”
“Nobody has much faith in their elected leaders in the same way that they did. We all have a lot more cynicism and a lot more doubt about the people who are running our lives than we did when Superman was a ‘boy scout’,” he adds.
Morrison explained how he has reimagined Superman’s home of Metropolis as a more “real” city.
“The idea was to take the DC Universe and treat it almost as a science fiction playground, and this was the first time this had happened.
“And to show how it works in Metropolis, a city that has always tried to be the City of Tomorrow, but now it’s 2011, or 2005 I guess, since these stories are taking place in the past. But it’s slightly run down, you know? The machines don’t work. The robot trains are kind of useless. There’s graffiti everywhere.
“And it’s kind of like the way New York was in the 1970s, before they cleaned up the place.”