It’s well established that Jerry Siegel was influenced by Edgar Rice Burroughs’ John Carter when he created Superman. Siegel said:
“Carter was able to leap great distances because the planet Mars was smaller that the planet Earth; and he had great strength. I visualized the planet Krypton as a huge planet, much larger than Earth”. (Andrae, Nemo (online version): “Superman Through the Ages: The Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster Interview, Part 8 of 10” (1983).).
I have to confess I’m increasingly beginning to feel that Man of Steel, due out on June 14, is a worthy subject of attention for fans of ERB and John Carter. I like the way it looks; I like the casting choices; I like what I see so far of the approach that Zack Snyder is taking. I’m starting to root for it, and get excited about it.
Here is my question.
Given that John Carter was the original stimulus for the creation of Superman; and given that we Barsoomophiles don’t exactly have a big deal film to pay attention to (especially so, now that WB has put Tarzan on ice) …… I’m thinking about adopting Man of Steel.
What does that mean?
I’m not sure.
Is it worthy of adoption?
Here are the three trailers, 3,2,1 If you have time, watch them 1,2,3 — but if you’ve only got time for one, watch 3.
Seriously thinking about adopting ol’ Kal-El