The new Man of Steel movie changed the face of Superman, which is reflected in the above photo. Gone is the happy Superman who would always wave at the camera and get a cat out of a tree like it ain’t no thang. Even the little kids in Halloween costumes have to be brooding these days. Such is the 20th century.
The new quick film "Superman 75th Anniversary Animated Short" shows every incarnation of Superman I can think of except one: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.
- The original, from Action Comics #1
- The first animated series
- The first live action series
- The more sci-fi era of Superman
- The more campy era of Superman
- The 70s/80s
- The Atari game
- Superman: The Movie
- Superman Animated Series form the late 90s
- Superman comics from the 90s, the death of Superman, the Reign of the Supermen, the return of Superman…
- New 52 Superman
- and Man of Steel Superman
But they couldn’t squeeze ol’ Dean Cain in there for some reason, despite the fact that it ran for 4 seasons and 87 episodes. It’s not like I’m crying foul over the omission of Superman Returns or something – Lois & Clark was a legitimate show on a major network for four years!
Have to wonder who Dean Cain pissed off… or maybe it was just an oversight.
So what the hell is this? Why would Superman need a gun? He’s Superman. And don’t try to tell me that it’s not supposed to be Superman’s gun – it has his “S” right on it! And it’s clearly supposed to be from the film Man of Steel because it has the Henry Cavill’s likeness right on the box. I know that when you make a big movie like this you have to sell some toys too, but this baffles me. Why a gun? Not only does Superman not need a gun, but even if he did, he would never use one. This is ass.
I desperately want everyone to refer to Man of Steel as Superman Returns Again. (For some reason, that is very funny to me.) Anyway, Man of Steel is a bit of mess (yet still entertaining), and so, my review is also just a rambling jumble of headings, a list that is trying to find its place on the internet, much like Superman trying to find his place in the world. See what I did there? Yeah, the movie is just as subtle as this review. Read the rest of this entry
This is the worst thing to happen to Superman since… I dunno…. Superman III? Superman IV? Superman Returns? When Superman died in the 90s and then came back to life with a mullet?
I guess the implication is that he’s so strong that no razor would be up to the task of trimming his mighty hairs (except Gillette, apparently), but as for me, I don’t know how Superman shaves and I don’t care. But I’ll play their game for a second. Maybe he uses his super face muscles to retract or expel the unwanted growth. (And, for that matter, how does he cut his hair?) Maybe he bounces his laser eye beams off some super hard surface and does it that way. Or, maybe it has something to do with him being an alien with super powers who doesn’t exist and when the script says he has a beard, he has a beard, and when it says he’s clean-shaven, he just is!!
Since Batman: The Animated Series debuted way back when, I’ve been a big fan of DC Comics’ animation wing. They hit the bulls-eye almost every time. However, the first 5 or so minutes of Superman vs. The Elite had me nervous, but slowly, the flick laid all of those fears to waste.
This is probably the oddest take on Superman I’ve seen… Not from a charter standpoint, but from a story arc. I enjoyed the flick, but it’s weird and in some ways, a little difficult to accept. I’d say this movie is for Superman and comic book fans only, but it’s certainly worth a look for its audience. The story points are a bit telegraphed, but the action is there, which is important for this sort of movie. I give All Star Superman a 7 out of 10.
It’s available on Netflix Instant.
I know this isn’t news, but Shaq really loves Superman; I thought he just had the tattoo, but it doesn’t end there. Read the rest of this entry
At first, I was thinking, “Yeah, that’s cool – if I had little kids, I would totally have them rock these,” and then I saw the back and lost my shit.
The shirts come with Velcro attached capes. They come with fucking capes! Friggin’ awesome!
I was clearly born in the wrong century.
Wait a sec, why is Darth Vader an option? What parent would want their kid to idolize Darth Vader? See, he’s the fucking bad guy! Nobody dresses their kids up like Lex Luthor or The Joker… do they? Jeez, I hope not. Let’s not create a generation of fucked up kids by telling them they should all try to be like Shredder or something.