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‘Snyder cultists don’t like Superman’: Marvel Fans Demand WB Delete Man of Steel as #RestoreTheSnyderVerse Starts Trending, Call Henry Cavill’s Superman ‘brooding, angry incel

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When it comes to the on-screen depiction of Superman, easily regarded as one of the most iconic fictional superheroes to have stepped from the world of mainstream media, many believe that the character is a symbol of hope, heroism, inspiration, and optimistic flair. However, many reiterations and deviations of the said character, in the comics and the DCEU alike, have shown a subversion of such qualities in the ever-so-famous DC superhero.

Man of Steel (2013)
Man of Steel (2013)

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For people who keep up with mainstream media headlines, we are all aware of the hashtag #RestoreTheSnyderVerse. When it comes to Snyder’s portrayal of Superman in Man of Steel, which delves deep into darker, grittier undertones, many affirmed and echoed resonant support for Henry Cavill’s depiction of a darker, conflicted-natured Superman. In fact, it may have been monumental enough for some fans to keep coming back to it time and again.

However, a recent amount of overwhelming criticism for Snyder’s depiction surfacing on Twitter begs to differ, with many calling Cavill’s Superman, a “brooding, angry incel.” Strong choice of words there.

Fans Want To Delete Man of Steel

What would you delete?
What would you delete?

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In a recent post on Twitter, a fan assembled four superhero movie titles and asked others to delete one of their existence. The selection included: Shazam! (2019), Man of Steel (2013), Black Panther (2018), and Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017). A marvelous selection indeed; merely enough to get fans riled up and pulled amid never-ending arguments. As is the case with the Internet, people started pouring out their opinions one by one. Besides Shazam!, many fans of Marvel and DC alike, advocated for the deletion of the other three titles. But the reigning winner? Man of Steel takes the cake.

Zack Snyder reveals Man of Steel 2 star Superman
Henry Cavill as Superman

Several people on the Internet had a lot to say about the Snyder-directed endeavor; many believe that his portrayal served as an antithesis of what Superman ought to be.

Here is a look at what people had to say:

As can be seen, many are affirming how Zack Snyder and his team of writers failed to grasp the mere existence of Superman/Clark Kent, especially what he’s supposed to represent. Many have called the addition of the gritty undertones in Man of Steel a case of “unnecessary cynicism”. Some believe that the modern-day portrayal of Superman and recent reiterations can be challenged by the Justice League Unlimited finale speech given by Superman while fighting Darkseid.

Undeniably so, the speech in itself is beyond commendable; showing a side to the fictional superhero that certain iterations have tried to grasp, but could not live up to – at least, not without a slice of casual edginess. In JLU Superman’s words, I feel like I live in a world made of cardboard. Always taking constant care not to break something.” 

The Extreme End Of The Argument Against Snyder’s Superman

Richard Donner's Superman
Richard Donner’s Superman

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In another post on Twitter, some fans brought up a discussion about many expressing their criticism for John William’s Superman Theme, from the 1978 Richard Donner-directed Superman: The Movie, which is the truest representation of hope, heroism, and optimism; defining the fictional superhero perfectly. Many wondered why the iconic theme is subjected to unnecessary hate. One fan had somewhat of an answer.

Many, however, had a strong reaction to this, claiming how Snyder’s iteration of the The Last Son of Krypton is not the only subversive take or deviation of the superhero’s usual optimistic traits. Some affirmed that people watched Man of Steel without actually watching it. While pointing out the plunge into edgy, gritty, and unnecessary cynicism, many get swayed away and misinterpret Snyder’s deconstructive attempt.

While such views are subjective, some fans of Man of Steel have felt that people are missing out on the entire point of Henry Cavill’s Superman and blowing his depiction out of proportion, with a slew of misinformation.

This is what some of the fans said, in support of Snyder’s Man of Steel:

Amidst such debates of what exactly Superman stands for, it is important to recognize and understand literature, film, and media culture, and how it has been shaped for years. A trope exists for further subversion. Concepts are constantly challenged in the hopes of producing something new. At times, such deconstruction goes against the dominant archetypes.

However, that is what art tends to be — an attempt to renovate. While Superman is a symbol of hope and inspiration, he can also be, in the mind of some other interpreter, an emotionally conflicted, brooding character. It is subjective, at the end of the day.

Henry Cavill as Superman in Man of Steel (2013).
Henry Cavill in Man of Steel (2013)

While there are no obligations to like such subversive endeavors as everyone’s opinions dictate their own preferences, it is important to take them as they are – mere attempts.

Man of Steel, directed by Zack Snyder and written by David S. Goyer, is available for streaming on HBO Max.

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Written by Debdipta Bhattacharya

Always having had a deep fascination for content creation and pop-culture, Debdipta joined as a writer at FandomWire in 2022. Currently pursuing an undergraduate Mass Communication degree, Debdipta enjoys the intricacies of cinema and film-making, with a year of screenwriting experience to account for. Besides her knack for writing, she's also an avid reader, a connoisseur of music across all genres, and a die-hard fan of Charlie Kaufman.