Kelly: I was very lucky in two ways: I had written the story so long ago that it was easier to be objective about the adaptation, and I had Alan Burnett. Alan helped me cut to the heart of the story and personalize it for an audience who might not have known the original comic. Once I dug in, the biggest challenge was taking the story out of the "comic universe" and making it into something bigger and more accessible to a wider audience.
THR: How did you change the story to appeal to non-comic book fans?
Kelly: The original story was about anti-heroes and comic fans and trends in the industry that were disturbing to me when it was written. For the story to work as a film, we needed to get beyond that while keeping the core of the story: that Superman serves a purpose and his moral code is relevant even in the modern world. This is where the expansion into "world politics" really helped.
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