After reading the interview with Mike Johnson and Michael Green about Supergirl and hearing their thoughts about the character, I then got to read some 'bullet points' about the 'new' Superman on the DC Source blog. Here is that link: http://dcu.blog.dccomics.com/2011/07/18/the-new-man-of-tomorrow/
So here are some of those points and my reactions.
* This Superman is very much an alien, one struggling to adjust to his adopted home. In the series, he must come to terms with both the loss of his home world, as well as the loss of both of his adopted parents. He is more Kal-El from the planet Krypton than Clark Kent from Kansas. He’s a loner trying to find his place in the world.
This is the point that worries me the most. Here we are talking about Morrison's Action Comics here, which starts in the past when Superman is just being introduced to the world. But for me, it has always been the Kents and the way they raised Clark that made him be Superman. They taught him to do what's right, to help other people, to be a part of this world instead of ruling above it. Sure, he is an alien and has to deal with that. But a loner? I don't think Superman has ever been portrayed as that ... ever. Does every hero in the DCnU start out as an isolated loner?
* His great powers have limits. When the series begins, Superman can leap tall buildings, but his ability to fly is in its infancy.
I think Morrison has said in the past that he would like to explore a Golden Age style Superman and this is probably as close as he will be able to get. What else will be different? Will a 'bursting shell' be able to harm him as in Action Comics #1 (volume 1). In some ways, is this first arc in the past the Superman:Secret Origin of the DCnU, a mere year after Johns/Frank's mini-series?
I actually don't mind this part and look forward to seeing what Morrison does with it. As I have said many times, I am a big fan of Morrison. I have loved almost everything he has done. And this interview on with him on CBR makes it sound more reasonable: http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=33386
But I am never happy when I see police officers shooting at Superman. And it looks like I am going to see that based on some preview Action Comics pages seen on Bleeding Cool here: http://www.bleedingcool.com/2011/07/19/first-look-at-the-new-justice-league-1-action-comics-1-and-batman-1/
There are other points brought up dealing more with George Perez' Superman title.
* Clark Kent is single and living on his own. He has never been married.
* Lois Lane is dating a colleague at the DAILY PLANET (and his name isn’t Clark Kent) and she has a new position with the paper.
Well, there goes the marriage. I had really come to love and accept the Clark/Lois relationship. It further rooted Superman into humanity. I think it put Lois more in the spotlight, letting her become a part of adventures rather than on the sideline. And it allowed for a wider range of interactions with Clark/Superman.
The question is what position does she have with the Planet. Is she writing love columns like back in the 30s? I don't think so. Is she editor now? Is there no Perry White? That is more likely.
Timeless and modern, classic and contemporary, but younger, brasher and more brooding, this is Superman. The New Man of Tomorrow.
Brasher and brooding.
Remember when so much of the discussion around the DCnU was about bringing characters back to their most classic and recognizable form. That's why Babs is Batgirl again, etc.
Too bad DC doesn't realize what the 'classic and most recognizable' forms of the Superman Family are. Because an angry and alienated Supergirl who dislikes humanity is not Supergirl. And a brooding Superman is not classic. It would be like coming out and saying that it was time to update James Bond and he is now celibate and a pacifist. That might be an interesting spy idea but it isn't James Bond.
As always, I will read the book with an open mind. And Morrison rarely disappoints. But much of what I am reading about the DCnU characters sounds off the mark.