Lexington author Larry Tye wrote “Superman: The High-Flying History of America’s Most Enduring Hero” out of love for the character. Unlike the darker Batman or the complex, tortured Spider-Man, Superman is “a hero of the light,” Tye says, one “who instinctively knows the difference between right and wrong.”
The book was published last year and just came out in paperback — the same month a new movie about Superman, “Man of Steel,” premiered. We were curious, naturally, how Tye felt about this latest attempt to capture the hero on film. “Man of Steel,” the former Globe reporter told us in a phone interview, “was disappointing in a number of ways,” from an overlong final fight scene to a transparent setup for sequel opportunities.