By Daniel Norris : 2001 A Space Odyssey by Stanley Kubrick (1968)
Ninja Gaiden Trilogy (SNES) Tecmo 1995.
Superman, then, is the agent of modern fable — the most compelling
fable the 20th Century gave us….
At the heart of that myth and legend is Romance.
That is not the same as the weak, whiny demands of soapopera that begin with “characterisation” and crap on with demands for
ever more levels of “conflict”, “jeopardy”, “ensemble writing”, “tight
continuity” and all the rest of that bollocks. These things are unimportant.
Many of them just completely get in the way of the job at hand.
SUPERMAN requires only the sweep and invention and vision that
myth demands, and the artistry and directness and clean hands that
SUPERMAN is about someone trying their best to save the world, one
day at a time; and it’s about that person’s love for that one whose intellect
and emotion and sheer bloody humanity completes him. It’s about
Superman, and it’s about Lois and Clark. And that’s all there is. That’s
the spine. That must be protected to the death, not lost in a cannonade
succession of continuing stories.
That’s what, in the continuing rush to top the last plotline, I see getting lost.
—-Warren Ellis, WHY THEY’LL NEVER LET ME WRITE SUPERMAN
I don’t know a ton about Warren Ellis and I know a lot of people have taken issue with many of the things he has said over they years. I don’t know enough about those things to comment on them so I won’t because it wouldn’t be my place to comment on something I don’t really know anything about.
But he is so right about Superman that it’s scary. And his comments are more relevant than ever right now.