Neil Gaiman Says Superman Can’t Just Be ‘Relevant To Modern Audiences’

Superman needs to be so much more.

The iconic superhero has had a long history of being adapted to the big screen, but not always very successfully.

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Last week, Forbes published an article about the troubles DC Films has had with the character, explaining the studio doesn’t know how to make Superman “relevant to modern audiences.”

But author and comic creator Neil Gaiman had a response to that assertion on Twitter, suggesting that rather than relevance, Superman needs to be “inspiring.”

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Gaiman wasn’t the only person to respond with ideas for how Superman might fit well into the modern cultural landscape, noting in particular the relevance of the character as an allegory for the immigrant or refugee experience.

Others tweeted plot ideas with particular political resonance.

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