Kal-El’s son corrects biggest criticism of Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel
Superman: Son of Kal-El # 4 shows a stark contrast between Jon Kent and Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel movie, responding to a major review of the film.
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Superman: Son of Kal-El # 4, on sale now from DC Comics.
In the eyes of many fans, Zack Snyder’s Superman (played by Henry Cavill) didn’t start off on the right foot in the DC Extended Universe. It took him a while to blossom, rising from the violent rookie hero depicted in Steel man to the more compassionate hero he has become in Justice League. Some fans thought Cavill’s Superman was too cold and detached when cutting his teeth, especially compared to Captain America and many Marvel Cinematic Universe heroes. But now like Superman: Son of Kal-El anointed a new Superman, the new comic book version of DC’s greatest hero once again responds to Snyder’s biggest criticism.
In Steel manKal-El really didn’t know much about being a righteous hero and a public figure as he was so far removed from his heritage and identity. In fact, he didn’t seem like he wanted to be a savior, which resulted in people criticizing him for destroying Metropolis in his battle with Zod and then slamming his neck.
Things got worse in Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice where a more experienced Kal-El would still lack the personal touch. He has emerged as a distant and almost divine figure, as evidenced by the scene in which the people he has saved surround him and attempt to touch him when he seems to have lost interest in them. Even when he saved the flood victims in the film, he hovered over them, again giving an ethereal appearance as people reached out to him. Scenes like these went against the essence of what made Man of Steel such a tall and iconic DC hero in the eyes of many fans. This was not the case until Justice League that Superman even smiled and began to act in a way that isn’t completely alien.
Conversely, in the first four issues of the new Superman: Son of Kal-El comedic, by Tom Taylor, John Timms Daniele Di Nicuolo, Gabe Etalb and Dave Sharpe, Jon Kent is just the opposite. As he saves post-humans like a fire starter and the earthquake-causing Faultline, Jon displays a much more caring attitude towards the people he saves. He even hugs the firelighter in his arms, cradling him securely in his arms.
So far, the new Superman has taken on his challenges with a refreshing amount of humanity, taking the time to save animals from a falling building in Coast City and having positive interactions with the people he saves. His care and compassion was further highlighted when he rescued Gamorran refugees and refused to simply leave them to the authorities.
This Superman shows love for the people he saves, even allowing himself to be arrested while actively participating in a protest. He doesn’t seem to have the ego typically associated with Snyder’s Superman, and he comes across less as a man of steel than a true man of tomorrow. This Superman has had a heart from the start, and he’s not afraid to show it.
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