Here is a halfbaked idea for a superhero/Superman movie:
Imagine a true do-gooder of a superhero. Because I understand Superman to be just this sort of superhero, let’s run with him. Should I learn that he falls short of a true do-gooder, well, imagine in his place one who is. The sort of superhero that the entire population of his universe, save for the baddies, love. The cops never try to arrest him and the powers-that-be never label him a “lawless vigilante” because he adds absolute goodness with no takeaways. Oh, and he comes from another planet. That’s important.
Okay, got this guy (or gal) in your mind… be it Superman or just ReallynicedogooderMan? Great.
So he’s doing his thing… superheroing around… being loved… and then a bunch of other aliens from his home planet arrive. And they inform us that, despite his actions on our planet, is wanted for genocide on his home plant. Their evidence is undeniable. This guy is responsible for the deaths of thousands of people on his home planet. They’re not “humans”, but they are fully sentient, moral beings of the same race of his, which is indistinguishable from our own save for their super powers. He came to our planet to avoid persecution and, en route, reformed himself and did what he did here genuinely.
But the aliens want him back. They want to try him for war crimes. They want us to extradite him. And they hope we can do this peacefully. But… we refuse. Superman has been a boon to our world. We knew nothing of his past crimes and seems fully reformed. Plus… we need him. He keeps baddies at bay. But this is not a decision easily arrived at. It is controversial and draws much ire, particularly from areas of the world that have seen firsthand the damage of genocide.
So the aliens, similarly superpowered but of low numbers, decide to take him back. By force. And we have to go to war with them. To save our Superman. Who is also guilty of genocide. But this also leads us to war with our fellow Earthlings, those of which want to send him back.
I’m not sure how it’d end. Or even how it should end. I’m not sure which part of the populace I’d side with… Superman or those who want to send him back for trial.
But I do know I’d probably watch this movie.
So… someone get on it.