quiet frankly an all star superman, yeah i know it’s a cheesy joke
Over the ages superman has always embodied our highest aspirations. in the late 30’s he was a man of the people a socialist who fought the corrupt capatalist’s and industrialists who had bankrupted the common man. during the forties he was a patriot who waved the flag and carried an eagle on his forearm. Created by two jewish teenagers he even landed a specifically “non-aryan sock” on the little moustacioud dictator whom the man of steel had by the neck he then grabbed Joseph Stalin (hitler’s then ally the story being published in 1941) and took then byt the scruff of their necks, hauled them off to the league of nations and as he does best saved the world in a handful of panels.
Superman has changed considerabley over the years from being the damaged “war veteran” in the 50’s. To being a confidant young yuppie in regan’s america in the late 80’s in john bryne’s man of steel. Kal-el of Krypton has changed and will always changed heat the turn of the century with stories like mark waid and alex ross’ “kingdom come” and joe kelly’s “what’s so funny about truth justice and the american way”. Stories in which superman embodiedded the lost ideals of the old generation and was considered outdated and too soft for the stormer generation who wanted superheroes like the authority to come down and kick the living snot out of the real bastards of earth. The Authority whom executed their villianous prey with out thinking about it and tried to put the question “how many people did we kill today in this fight?” out of their heads. superman seemed almost naive when he said the line to Princess Diana (Wonder woman for the uninitiated) as she readyied their justice league army they had built for battle “but you can’t have a war without people dying” this was the man of steel as underdog again fighting against the tide of public uproar. However both these books were published before the events of september 11th 2001 after which superheroes seemed trivial and nothing but paneled page filled fantasies. Infantile almost.
With the coming of a new superman film, directed by geek favourite Bryan Singer for his work in both his x-men films and wonderful indie film the usual suspects. Hopes were high as he planned to continue the Donner series only with a younger superman and lois and expertly cast lex luthor in kevin Spacey. Proving still that with all the criticism you can give Singer about his superman film he can always perfectly cast bald white guys. Compared to the previous outing DC had in Christopher nolan’s batman begins apart from everything else Nolan batman had the mob to fight and the sinister scarecrow which did scare me as a ten year old watching the film and Liam neeson’s villianous charm as ra’s al ghul who believed in entropy as the natural order and was a match for batman. Compared to Returns’ lex luthor who as ever was little more than a villianous real estate agent. The film was a widely considered failure, you don’t need me to tell you that with an emo superman who watched lois from afar rather creepily. infact if i imagine lois would have invested in lead lined bedsheets and a lead lined shower to prevent the super-emo from watching her and her husband in bed or her in the shower. The indie blockbuster was disheartening to superman fans and yet more fodder for the cannons of the comic fans who cried out that superman was outdated. A relic of a lost america a lot simplier.
The reason i’m saying this is because i’m asking the question what is superman of this century? Grant morrison redifened the character for most people with his series All star superman. a beautifully constructed comic with a brilliant lex luthor that was a throwback to the 50’s and 60’s lex as the super-genius who believes he could’ve saved the world if it wasn’t for this fascistic alien who thinks he’s better than the great Lex Luthor! i loved it and brilliantly superman wasn’t a messiah figure he was a brawler who fought bizarro and giant robots and was’t afraid to throw a punch, because bullies don’t like to be bullied back. But superman’s different in Morrison’s action comics. Thing is i love it though this socialist superman who fights less for the american way and more for the little guy, it’s brilliant and he dresses like a young person in the t-shirt and the boots and converse even recently in an issue. he’s very humble again and hegoes after the bad people regardless of their position in society from wife-beaters to corrupt politicians without killing because he’s that good. Oh an Morrison’s clark kent he’s an activist a mid-western farmboy who believes the pen in mightier than the sword bringing down corrupt Rupert Murdoch types with his columns in a tiny little metroplis newspaper. He also wants to change the world not just fight giant alien warlords he want to wipe out poverty he even argues with the justice league about doing so.
Recently however the trailer for the zack snyder directed Christopher Nolan produced man of steel. Now we know this is to done in the veil of batman begins with an “edgier” take on superman’s origin. And i thought ok that’s interesting and Henry Cavill seems rather promising and that the villian will be Zod rather than say brainiac in the style of the animated series that he destroyed Krypton giving him and superman an interesting realtionship as brainiac wishes to complete his kryptonian collection with kal-el and superman bitter at the artificial intelligence at it destroyed his homeworld and killed his mother and father. However upon witnessing the trailer i was unsure for the first time. First off in action comics clark kent isn’t a reporter anymore due to having to fake his death to mislead an assassin. Fairdo’s a straight ahead story meaning superman getts to pretend to be a fireman now for a while Johnny Clark and even tells Batman in a conversation “i felt like i outlived clark kent”.
johhny clark superman’s new secret identity
I’m still unsure as whether Morrison feels this way that there have been enough story’s with kent and it’s time to give superman something else to do in his spare time. Or that the character has actually outlived Clark and did it because as he says “i felt comprimised” as many people were learning his secret identity and he needed more time as superman less time as Clark. Or that DC stepped in and said that superman is a hero wheteher or not he’s in the costume or not and a journalist thanks to the inquiry about the phone hacking scandel of several of Rupert Murdoch’s newspapers. perhaps they as a company believed that a journalist was no longer a noble profession in the eyes of the public and had opted to make clark a fireman.The same speculation could be used as to why he is a fisherman in the new man of steel movie or that DC and Warner brothers have lost the rights to the superman origin and the changes were manditory then. however the reason’s he’s a fisherman and not a real-world hero like a fireman could be to do with the messianic portrayel of superman again as Christ figure as jesus is referred to as the fishermen of men. Morrison was widely regarded as drawing the messianic comparisants to superman better than bryan Singer whom had his suprman not even throwing a punch. However snyder has drawn parrallels to modern day comics work and Cavill has said the series Superman red son has been an inspiration despite superman being mid-western american he’s still the same guy. (i’d also like to point out that i consider this mark millar’s best work when he actually used to write comics as opposed to now when his content is generated to pursue movie projects)
So i’ll leave you with a question what do you think a superman of the 21st century needs to be and should he get involed in things like the middle eastern situation?
and what do you think of the man of steel trailers?
For the first i think he should without killing but by hearing the peoples opinions and dragging the dictators and African warlords hand cuffed in front of th u.n. to bejudged for their crimes against innocent civilians. #
and secondly i liked the trailers as the jor-el dialogue seems to be borrowing for his speech to clark at the end of Grant morrison’s all star run although the clark kent as loner angle and the bleak outlook of most of the trailer seems to be devoid of hope apart from the sonic boom flying superman at the end and i might’ve got a bit glassy eyed thinking again about the young clark in the jeans with the cape. But that’s me i couldn’t give a toss about titanic but a justice league episode where superman dies has me balling me eyes out like a big girls blouse.
thank you for bearing my ramblings if this is done a bit haphazardly it’s because i’m a little rusty but i look forward to knocking out more posts when i can. For more ramblings follow me on twitter @assemble124
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superman and batman can’t exist in the same universe October 2010
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What would you do with superpowers? August 2010
dc universe online who do trust? i trust the makers of this game. August 2010
shield 5 still an amazing book and i’ve said it before it’s like the da vinci code in the marvel universe. there mr hickman put that quote on the cover! Oh and look at this cover. every cover of these books is like a piece of artwork i could hang on my wall and smile as i pass it everyday.
my second choice is avengers earth’s mightiest heroes 2. i’ve slowly begun to realise that as much as i like the dark, gritty deconstruction of heroes i just love light hearted fun.
I was recently at my little cousins house and he was watching avengers. as i sat there thinking about the direction and type of character they’ve turned hank pym into and how thor’s portrayed well. But then i stopped and thought this is wonderfully light hearted. the villians don’t have to throw a baby out a window, no one’s swearing and i thought i wish more comics were like this. So as one reader of comics and lover of this industry i have to say. As much as i love then seriousness and dark and realistic takes on characters or deconstruction of heroic archetypes. i’ll still always want a world where the skies are primary colours, were someone can make a joke during a fight were heroes are praised and not sued for blowing up a building thanks for reading and i await your opinion on the matter.
he’s thinking “no boy scout in dark knight rises”
Recently christopher nolan said “superman and batman cannot exsist in the same universe” and like most fanboys my kneejerk reaction was “WTF of course they can look at 70 years of continuity” but then i thought about it and creatively they can’t.
now i know how contreversial that statement is but think about it they can’t.
Here are 2 men who both fight crime yet in one city darkseid can attack every other week or a villian can throw a dumper truck at a hospital, cops wear armor and can shoot parisite with lasers. And in another it’s dark there’s drug dealers being beaten up and cops are just cops, no one throws cars no one leaps tall buildings with single bounds a crashing plane isn’t caught it just crashes but a mob boss never gets away.
In terms of tone as well batman won’t go out in day and superman rarely at night. You have a murderous psycopaths
Superman films should be about peoples problems blown up to heroic level mythological level even e.g. having a den but the den’s a crystal ice palace in the artic, having friends but they live in the future and expanding them you know lois dosen’t understand .
Batman films should be about taking super heroic themes i.e. fighting a guy who’s in a mask or driving on rooftops or jumping off buildings, taking those ideas those themes and brigning them down to a realistic level.
So therethore they cannot exist side by side or even on the same plane of reality
BUT…. and this is only hypothetically.But a director with a good script and some good ideas behind him might pull it off. Zack synder for example currently signed on to direct superman (can’t wait to see lex luthor’;s head being ripped off, as blood splatters at the camera in slow motion) could he make a superman vs batman film work. Anyway what are your opinions? i do love audience participation join the debate. is nolan right? who could direct supes vs bats? start commenting
“I gave you everything you could ever want, the finest education,the best training and what did you do become a stinking dirty hippy at that junkie hut you call a soup kitchen.”
“The finest schools?! you had me at military school before i could walk! you never cared about me i wasn’t a son to you, i was a science project you put me up for those experements to recreate the one man army formula to make me a a
“i tried to make you the best soilder you could be”
“you made me a weapon!!”
“And what did you do with, went to those protests with those hippies against the country,the government, our country our government set up some rats nest for the homeless”
“They served their country and now where’s there medal there parade? What there doing in vietnam is wrong what you’re doing in vietnam it’s wrong.”
and so symbol was born, His father was a general who had hoped his son to be the next “captain america” (i plan on doing several 60’s archetypes of different heroes including cap and a few others i’ve got an origin but no name yet) so he got him the best education,the best training he even put him up for experiments to recreate the conditions for the “super-soilders”. As a burning hatred for his father and a rebellious streak for anarky. He started going to protests at the age of 19 he started going to protests with his friends. They are shot on sight impervious to bullets he dosen’t die he then heads to his father and confronts him (scene above). His father asks him to leave he punches him in the face and the general sets security on him.
Two nights later a dirty cop is found beaten to a pulp next to a capital A on the wall symbolising anarky on the streets.
symbol’s base is an unused bunker as his father was high up in the military he knows where certain bunkers are. his cape is a flexible bullet proof material hidden under the fabric his car is an austin avenger and that’s preety much it please tell me what you think of his origin now that it’s written down i’m not so sure. thanks to Deemar and phil who’re doing some art ideas or even villians D did all the villians on that piece of work i have some of my own villian ideas i’ll post later if you want to name him post it in the comments section or tweet me what you want him to be called but for now here’s symbol in all his Deemar and Phil glory.
thanks again Phil proper awesome
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i’ll do a comparision of this and spider-man shattered dimensions but this trailer looks amazing.
if you didn’t have at least one geekgasim read more DC comics
Now most people hate the 60’s batman t.v. show but their are things i like about it. it was sycadelic it was funny and it was the first real superhero parody that the internet is full of
now come on be honest one of those made you laugh if only a little bit now the 60’s are long dead but they’ll always be somethings that make you go “wow either they’re just having a laugh or they were on some really good drugs” batman and robin is an example of that.
but luckily we have batman brave and the bold to keep alive that brilliant show and it gave us adam west
here’s my favourite episode it’s a bit darker than the 60’s tv show but it has kevin conroy,mark hammil and adam west
if i had x-ray vision i'd never have it off
ok so at some point in our life we’ve all said wouldn’t it be amazing to fly,be super strong,have super speed. but i’ve often wondered about what would people do if they were more powerful than a locamotive or leap tall buildings with a single bound or run faster than a speeding bullet.
So i pose this question to you dear reader if you gained superpowers be it from a power ring,a mutation, or a blast of gamma radiation.
would you a) become a symbol of hope and faith throught the world and always put the down trodden and the needy before yourself be a real life superman but not make a profeit just help beacause people need help and keep your identity a secret to protect the people you love and beacause you don’t want praise ?
wish i was but i'm not him
b)would you be a hero but sellout and make billions in corporate sponsers and merchandising and reveal your identity to the populace just for a quick buck?
or c) work for your government to try and serve your country and protect it’s best interests?
SIR YES SIR!!!!
or d) would not use your powers to help people just help yourself fly to work or clean your house super-fast beacause you tried to help people but you were just sued?
So what would you do be a hero be a corporate puppet be a patriot or just help yourself?
personally i would like to say hero and try to save the world but i don’t know if someone sued me and i doubt i could keep the whole double life up for long i don’t know what i’d do.
tell me what you would you would do in the comments
i’m on twitter now finally i’ve given to the weight of the wave of coolness that is twitter and am swimming in the tweet and the following and the followers all both of mine.
but i’m sort of adujusting to twitter as the character limit is a bit frustrating so i’ll still have the blog it’s just that twitter will be a quick random spots of the intelligance and idiocy that is my life. so if you are on twitter then please check me out in this link
sadly i found out this is true
marvel might be in abit of trouble for this one more so than moon knight being a rip-off of batman.
i present final crises the wolverine dvd?
this is bound to be illegal
this is definately worse than moon knight and wade wilson (deadpool) and catman combined.
the big question is will warnerbros. take legal action doubt it but we’ll see?