GB: I always smile a bit when fans lash out and say some new interpretation of Superman is inaccurate because usually at the center of that criticism there's an unrecognized assumption that the "real" Superman was whatever version they read or watched when they were at a formative age. The character changes constantly according to the year and the medium. Even the most fixed parts of his mythology and visage have a wobble and blur if you step back and really look at it clinically.
HC: Absolutely, and everyone will take what they want and everyone will have their favorites. And I think it's great that it does change. It should change and should evolve. I think "The New 52" stuff is fantastic because it is an evolution of the character. Initially, people will just rail against it and others will love it and they debate it. They care, which is great, but all of it is part of this evolution and in 30 years they will forget. In three decades when someone dares to put a pair of red underpants on the outside [of Superman's costume] again, someone will go crazy and say, 'What are you doing?! This isn't Superman anymore!' It's all mythology and people take what they want from it .... Superman is a bit more clear-cut than Theseus but people can still look into the character of Superman and have polar opposite opinions about what he is and who he is. That's the wonder of mythology. We make the interpretations and hear the messages we want to hear.
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