Grant Morrison to Hollywood: Don’t make Superman a ‘limp and wimpy punch bag’

Feb. 22, 2011 | 10:27 a.m.

Grant Morrison can watch his version of the Man of Steel fly across the screen now with today’s home-video release of the animated “All-Star Superman,” but the  acclaimed comics writer is as eager as everyone else to see what producer Christopher Nolan, director Zack Snyder and star Henry Cavill come up with as they try to get a live-action Superman film off the ground.

“I can’t wait to see what they do. There are so many ways to tell Superman stories that might resonate with a modern audience, and I’m looking forward to see how Zack Snyder approaches it. Things I’d personally like to see are a non-camp Luthor, some other villains like Metallo or Brainiac and a more vigorous, go-getting Superman. The noble attempts to portray him as a Christ-like, American redeemer figure in ‘Superman Returns’ had the unfortunate effect of making him a limp and wimpy punch bag. Superman is a highly principled hero, but he’s no pacifist; he’s a brawler who doesn’t give in until he’s dead or the bad guy’s down, and I’d like to see a bit more of that grit. ”

— Geoff Boucher


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27 Responses to Grant Morrison to Hollywood: Don’t make Superman a ‘limp and wimpy punch bag’

  1. darklighter says:


  2. Mark C says:

    Finally some sense… Snyder, are you taking notes?

  3. Bman says:

    PRAISE KRYPTON!!!!……..hear that Synder……..we need a Powerful villain – BRAINIAC!!!

  4. Son Of Kal-El says:

    What Morrison just said? All the same things Zack Snyder's said he wants to portray on the big screen in the next Superman movie! I'm psyched!!!

  5. Renae says:

    Wow. I hope Snyder is listening! Though, from what he's said so far, I think that he's on the same page. So psyched to see what they come up with!!! And for the record: I think that Henry Cavill will be awesome, he is NOT too short, and he is plenty buff enough (or can get buff enough) to play the role.

  6. joe says:

    This has to be a badass superman when it comes to supervillains , a hero to mortals, & some how show his human side by not making him look soft. I do hope this leads to a superman vs doomsday wow.

  7. gsxr says:

    Wimpy Superman to tiny Superman. This film is already having third act problems. Zack is good but this Sups will fall SHORT.

  8. raddestnerd says:

    Sad to see Christ is seen as Singer’s ‘wimpy’ Superman when in reality he is more like the Superman Morrison wants. (See the book ‘ Jesus, Mean and Wild” by Mark Galli.)

  9. Tmiller says:

    I'm sure Snyder will make visually pleasing action sequences, but the story and characterization may be limp and wimpy.

    • sesame seed says:

      well chirstopher Nolan is the exec producer so as far making sure the film works hopefully its safe to say its in good hands. i hope :D

  10. Joey B says:

    I have only one wish for a new Superman movie: no Lex Luthor!!! Supes has been around for over 70 years and they have to make EVERY film w him? I never even really liked him that much as a villain. Think about it, the fan fave is Superman 2 where the main villains were the 3 characters from Krypton, so why not go with the idea of a variety of villains? As long as they dont completely redo Brainiac, he'd be great. As odd and kinda silly as he looked, I took him seriously as a villain. Oh, and one more thing: no CGI huge monster villain, save that for the Hulk films.

  11. Silvio says:

    I agree with Morrison the last take on Supes was a bit on the wimpy side due to Singers script. Superman should be portrayed seriously like George Reeves in the pilot film "Superman and the Molemen." The actor who plays should be big in overall size and stature like Reeves was.

    • Jack Lee Spencer says:

      Touche…. Exactly what I've been saying for a long time. They need to use Reeves as the model for Superman. A little older… handsome, or course, but not a pretty-boy… and a rough edge, even as Clark Kent. Reeves' version of Superman didn't take crap from anybody, even as Kent.

  12. robert says:

    Tom Welling for SUPERMAN and give us 4-6 movie blockbuster bringing in the billions surpassing the dark knight. . . .
    give us the entire Death and Return of Superman Story- Give us DOOMSDAY & Darkseid and Mongul and Brainac and Mettalo and billion air mad man Lex Luthor and Bizzaro. . .
    but not in that order. . . give us SUPERMAN VS DOOMSDAY & Darkseid!!!

  13. Scott Wright says:

    "give us the entire Death and Return of Superman Story- Give us DOOMSDAY & Darkseid and Mongul and Brainac and Mettalo and billion air mad man Lex Luthor and Bizzaro. . .
    but not in that order. . . give us SUPERMAN VS DOOMSDAY & Darkseid!!!"…wow, that sounds like it could possibly be the greatest Superhero movie in human history! I hope the powers that be are paying attention to this site and take your advice!!!…I think I wet myself!!!

  14. UcL2 says:

    What the hell is a "modern audience"? If Hollywood make the Superman character wimpy or effeminate, It will be a failure and end up on the shelves a few months after release discounted just like Superman Return. Unless you have money to throw away investing in the makings of Superman movies, I too, suggest the character be a SUPERMAN!

  15. CAIN MARCO says:

    morrison is OVERRATED

  16. guest says:

    i had no problems with superman fact i enjoyed showed the heart of a hero.

    superman was no whimp in it.he may have been soft spoken but when it came to action he was not hesidenthe did not back down.

  17. alex says:

    for the umpteenth time… YES PLEASE!!!! cage match between Doomsday and Supes!!! FINISH Him!!!

  18. SirWHTUKALL says:

    Yeah, telle'm Grant!

  19. Glen says:

    I couldn't disagree with Boucher more. Of ALL the Superman movies, Superman Returns shows a Superman who looks the bad guy in the eye — when the bad guy shoots him directly in the eye, and smiles — somewhat like, "are you kidding?" Reeves, now there was a wimpy Superman, and an even wimpier Clark Kent. Ugh. Welling was just a dialogist: words, words, words and completely unprepared for the world.
    And frankly, I find it tedious that those who have been reading Superman since 1990 think they know who he is. I'd suggest reading, at a minimum, 20 years of Superman comic PRIOR to that. Then you might know how he developed from the 60s to the 70s, and then the 80s, where he was, as one critic put it, less SUPER-man, and more super-MAN. He changed dramatically by 1990, where he was no longer omnipotent and became a watered-down superman, who could be injured by the latest WMD from some stuper-scientiest (and yes, I mean "s-t-u-p-e-r) whose weapons, could, just coincidentally, harm someone who had previously, walked into the heart of suns and out of them just as easily as most of us walk through a light rainfall.
    And, Welling? Does ANYone under 22 take Welling seriously as an example of Superman??? Granted, he was limited by the tv format, but other than being young, he was completely unimpressive, in both acting, and as the actual persona of Superman.

    • Matt says:

      tbh, I liked Welling. Welling didn't go out on Smallville to portray Superman: He went out to portray Clark Kent. Clark Kent was ALWAYS the dominant personality in the show, even after he developed an alter ego. We didn't get to see much of Superman and because of this, it's tough to take him seriously as the full blown Man of Steel. However, given a tad bit of faith I am sure people would like his performance of Superman because most people do consider him the Superman of the modern era, having been the proto-Superman for 10 years.

  20. Margrave30 says:

    Supes is an American icon. Been around for 70 some odd years. It's been implied that he ages very slowly. Do a movie where Lois and Clark were going as normal from the 40s through the 60s. Then she got old, and he dropped his Clark identity. This sets the scenario up for Supes to be a "moral and ideological relic" kinda like Cap. America. But make Supes older – like he is in Kingdom Come. Do that, and you've got a hit.

  21. angela says:

    they just need to take notes from the people remaking the batman movies and not be afraid to get a little bad ass with it! i mean HES THE MAN OF STEEL!! hello??! i dont understand where people go wrong and think that he needs to portray some wholesomness… thats what Clark Kent is for and Supermans relationship to Lois Lane! but when hes not with her and hes not wearing the glasses ummm bring it on bi*@ches!!!!! hes supposed to be insane with power and ferosity!

  22. angela says:

    as for the villains i mean lex is a pretty bad ass villain… they just need to make the guy brilliant but absolutely nuts. i feel like its not the superman story without lex… i would love to see in this film Lex teaming up with metallo or braniac and together creating chaos… then maybe in a sequel have doomsday then darkseid… but lex is the link to them all that lets them in and leads them to superman; making deals, spending money and plotting to destroy him. that would be pretty epic…

  23. angela says:

    i already dont like the costume tho… the traditional red briefs are gone whomp whomp… and the ICONIC "S" is almost imposible to make out as an 's' … idk i guess its too late to tweak if we're already seeing the photos… i dont understand with just taking what youre given and just turning the volume up… batmans costume is basically the same just BETTER!!! its like getting a coloring book and just coloring in the lines with one color… what needs to be done is coloring the shit out of that coloring book with shade and shadow and a plethora of detail. the outline is there its up to you how you fill it in. ;)

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