The character is now aged 21 and physically far less imposing than the lantern-jawed, muscle-bound hero created 78 years ago. “We wanted to tell a story that"s hip, sexy and moody," The Daily Mail quoted Dan DiDio, DC Comics" co-publisher, as saying. Raised by honest Kansas"s farmers to have a strong moral compass, the original Superman was so squeaky-clean that fellow superheroes sneeringly dubbed him the 'big blue Boy Scout'.
The modern Clark Kent, Superman"s alter ego, is still a Daily Planet journalist, albeit working in an age of hand-held devices and instant gratification. “We wanted to show a younger Superman at the early stages of his career, struggling with his identity and his place," said DiDio.
Transforming that most clean-cut and all-American of superheroes into a moody, misunderstood urban youth is the latest example of comic book creators attempting to update classic characters for a new generation of readers.