The Hollywood Reporter has Greg Rucka considering the rating given to June’s Man of Steel:
Superman is precisely what we should be teaching our children. Superman inspires us to our best. I haven’t seen Man of Steel, haven’t read the script, and I’ve assiduously avoided spoilers. I genuinely don’t know if this “reality” will be present or not. I want it to be brilliant. I want it to be glorious. I want it to be inspiring. I am keeping the faith.
But that PG-13 on Man of Steel is making me nervous. I don’t know what it means. I don’t know if it’s a warning that there’s another k-shiv coming for the kidneys, or if it’s just the cost-of-doing-business, or even if it’s an MPAA-bias against all superhero violence. I don’t know if this is a genuine caution to parents, or a marketing decision aimed at a demographic too-cool for Superman’s brand of hope and idealism, yet embracing of Batman’s self-loathing rough justice, to assure them their ticket will be money well-spent. I don’t know if that PG-13 is there out of sincerity or cynicism or politics.
Over at his Tumblr, someone asks whether or not this desire for an all-ages Superman movie is inconsistent with his own comic book work on the character, and Rucka responds:
I’m just nervous, as I said. The last time they made a Superman movie, my son was 8. I couldn’t take him to it, it was too dark for him. He wanted to see it desperately, because it was Superman. Superman means a lot to a lot of people. A lot of those people are children.
No, it’s not Warner Brothers’ job to parent my child. But I do think that, especially in the case of an icon as powerful as Superman, there is a responsibility to remember how diverse his audience is. The more of that audience you try to reach – and they’re trying to reach EVERYONE with the MoS campaign – the more, I think, that needs to be considered.
I hadn’t, I admit, given a lot of thought to the rating of the Man of Steel movie, although I agree with Rucka, when I think about it, that a Superman movie should be as available and suitable to young audiences as possible. I was thinking more about the tone of the film every time I saw the trailers or the photos or the whatever from it, and worrying that the movie will be try to be something other than… I don’t know, than “fun,” for want of a better way to put it. I mean, I want drama and I even want beauty, but shouldn’t Superman, of all superheroes, have a movie that’s also just fun?
(Related/unrelated: I loved Rucka’s Adventures of Superman run, as weirdly truncated as it seemed at the time. Very few people in recent memory have written a scene that “gets” the character as much as the one where Superman returns a lost child to her mother and then, calmly, happily explains that, no, there’s really not anything more important than that that he should be up to. I’d love to see Rucka do some more Superman; I’d really love to see Rucka do some more Lois Lane. Maybe one day.)