The following are basically just some random thoughts I'd get out of my head and type out here. Just my little way of giving said thoughts something of an outlet. Not sure if there's any point to be made here or anything just take this with a grain of salt and indulge this fan boy if you would.
I was born back in 1982, and one of the first super heroes I was ever introduced to was Superman. My mom used to put the Christopher Reeves films on for me as a kid and I loved it. There were even VHS tapes of the old cartoons from the 40's and 50's. Course there were other cartoons and the like at that time, but those two things seemed to stick with me the most. I think the only other thing of significance that ever came along was the Superman Animated Series that started on the WB. It was a great show in my opinion and naturally I fell in love with the subsequent Justice League series that would follow.
But back in the 80's and early 90's when I was a kid, Superman was who I wanted to be. Yes I was one of those kids who would tuck his blanket into shirt and pretend to fly. Thankfully I never attempted to jump off my parents roof. But anyway, over time there would be other super characters I grew very fond of like Batman, Spider-Man, Captain America, and Iron Man etc. But Superman for me to this day still reigns up there above all of them. As I got older I thought less of Superman as this idol and more so of an idea. The ideal super hero. Someone who'd stand up for the little guy, would always do the right thing no matter what. He'd never let things like angst or having to be gritty get in the way. He was the boy scout, and I've always loved that about his character.
Now mind you I haven't really payed attention to many of the recent comics so I can't really give any opinions on those as I've mostly followed Superman through animation and movies. And to get one elephant out of the room ,no I didn't like that recent Superman Returns movie with Brandon Routh and I'm not going to list the reasons why because I'm sure that's been talked about ad nauseum. But even despite some of the negative things that's happened with him in the various forms of media, be it comics, movies, tv shows etc, I hope that the idea of Superman's character never changes. Because in a world where every super hero has to have a bunch of emotional baggage, drama, angst and my least favorite "gritty" we still need the colorful hero who doesn't do things out of simple revenge or anger. Sure Superman has done things like that mostly against Darksied and for obvious reasons but for the most part I like to remember Superman for showing compassion and benevolence, things that I feel some heroes are missing today. Thankfully we still have guys like Captain America who have thankfully been done justice in recent films.
But still there hasn't been a whole lotta love for Superman and in essence I can't blame some folks for thinking of him as a second rate character considering the treatment he's gotten in recent media, or the lack there of. But I have a lot of hope for the upcoming film Man of Steel. I'm hoping that no matter what they do with the story that the essence of his character is still there. That he's the true boy scout super hero who will always do the right thing. It's a type of character I wish we could see more of in films, tv, comics, etc. We don't always need the drama, sometimes all we need is someone who's brave and bold and someone you feel like you could always depend on. The world needs heroes like these, the world needs Superman.