Posts tagged superman
Man of Steel - Official Trailer 3
DC at Midnight.
I’ve been mediocre on Zack Snyder’s movies in the past so I’m cautiously optimistic here.
DC Comics and Kia - The New York International Auto Show
I went to the NY Auto Show this weekend and aside from photo booths using iPads I also so a weird Kia Motors / DC Comics crossover. From the stand next to the cars:
Kia Motors America has joined forces with comic book publisher DC Entertainment to bring the World’s Greatest Super Heroe’s to life by combining automotive styling with comic book art. The partnership, which includes yielding eight individually customized vehicles, harnesses the talents of legendary comic book artist and DC Entertainment Co-Publisher, Jim Lee, who has collaborated on the design of each car with his vision for each iconic member of DC Comic’s Justice League - Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Aquaman, and Cyborg. As part of the partnership Kia is teaming up with DC Entertainment’s “We Can Be Heroes” giving campaign to bring help and hope to the children, women, and families affected by drought and famine in the Horn of Africa (www.WeCanBeHeroes.org).
So apparently there are eight vehicles, but only the three pictured (Superman, Batman, and Green Lantern) were at the Auto Show. I looked for the others, but no luck. It’s a cool, if not weird, crossover and it’s happening for a good cause.
DCU and I discuss the meteor that hit Russia, and what would happen if it was actually a spaceship carrying a Kryptonian child.
Lois Lane died today.
Her real name was Joanne Siegel (formerly Kovacs) and she was a girl from Cleveland who so wanted to make the big time during the Depression that she put an ad in the paper advertising herself as a model. She got many responses (most of whom just wanted dates), but she only answered one, from a Mr. Joe Shuster.
Taking the bus, she arrived and was amazed to find that Mr. Shuster was, in fact, not a “Mister” at all, but a short, skinny teenager. His parents’ apartment in Glenville was freezing and the blue bathing suit Joanne had borrowed from her sister to pose in was too big in certain places. Important places. Joe saw her pinching and twisting and laughed; I’ll fill all that out, he said. And a bond was born that lasted for decades. Just outside the door, Jerry Siegel was thumbing through magazines, somewhat unaware (but not entirely) that he would later marry the girl inside.
She was modeling for a character they were doing in their ongoing Superman proposal. A character named Lois Lane.
So in 1948, after Joanne and Jerry became reacquainted at a Cartoonist Society masquerade ball in New York City, they were married. She would refer to herself as Jerry’s “model” and “co-writer.” That’s how close they were. They supported each other through a lot, some of it very thin. But some of it was magnificent, like their daughter Laura, who was a much prouder topic of conversation to them than any sort of flying alien.
We all know how Jerry and Joe sold Superman to DC for $130 with that first check for Action Comics #1. We all know. But it bears repeating.
It bears repeating because no matter whose side you may be on in this, the defining battle of comics (legal, moral, economic, or otherwise), you know that after Jerry died in 1996, Joanne carried on the fight, much to the dismay of Time-Warner, some fans, and maybe even herself at times. But she never gave up. She believed in truth, justice, and all that stuff. She made a lot of calls to DC Comics in her day. A lot of dogged, pushy calls. And when they hung up, she called back.
Like I said, Lois Lane died today.
I only met her once. When, with the help of Brad Meltzer and his online army who raised money through an Internet auction, we all helped restore Jerry’s boyhood home in Cleveland. Standing on the same porch where Jerry used to bolt from the door, I presented Joanne with a copy of the original ad she once placed, something that took me years to find. In fact, after I did find it, I kind of wondered why I spent so much time on it. But when I gave it to her, her eyes lit up, making it instantly worth it and I understood, finally, why those crazy Cleveland nerds did it all in the first place: the costume, the powers, the everything-but-the-kitchen sink Superman.
She was over ninety years old then, but with that red hair and warm smile, it was like looking into a time machine. They did it to impress a girl. Not just a pretty one, but an endearing, complicated, and charming one. So it makes a lot of sense, I guess, that Lois died on Valentine’s Day. Within the insanity of what super-heroes are, hers is the one character who always made us want to keep our feet on Earth.
—-“Lois Lane Died on Valentine’s Day”—Comicsbeat Obituary for Joanne Siegel—wife of Superman Co-Creator, Jerry Siegel and model and inspiration for Lois Lane.
Happy Valentine’s Day in Joanne’s memory and in memory of everything that Lois and Clark meant to the Siegel Family. As we approach the 75th anniversary of the creation of Superman and Lois Lane and we approach the release of the new film starring Henry Cavill and Amy Adams….remember what this story is REALLY about. Superman has been the victim of alot of really sad behavior at DC Comics as of late and it’s easy to feel like we are losing him. It’s even easier to feel like we are losing Lois. So read this. And remember what this story is really about.
“They did it all for her.”
Vote for Lois Lane and Clark Kent/Superman at DCWomenkickingass for Valentine’s Day.
Word’s recently got around that Zack Snyder, director of Watchmen, 300 and that one with owls wearing helmets, will be helming the new Superman movie and it’s sparked some pretty heated debate. While it’s true that all Snyder’s films aren’t as strong as they really could be, he’s definitely not the biggest problem this new Superman movie faces. The more interesting thing about the film is that it’s being written by David Goyer and Jonathan Nolan and being “Godfathered” (whatever that means) by Chris Nolan himself. Goyer and the Nolans have been the team behind the latest Batman franchise which it’s fair to say is doing pretty well.
The good news is that, with the strong writing the Nolans are known for (Not so much Goyer, his IMDB page minus Batman reads like a tragedy) and the great action/visuals Snyder is extremely capable of producing, we’re already halfway to an excellent, modern Superman film. The bad news is that it sure seems like Warner Brothers are heaping all of their eggs into one basket in Nolan(s). They’re not going to be involved forever, Chris has already confirmed that his third Batman movie will be his last. Where does that leave the Superman franchise beyond “The Man Of Steel” (That’s what Snyder’s version will be called)? The last thing any Superman fan wants at this point is to be left out in the cold after a promising start, which is exactly what happened in 2006 with “Superman Returns”.
What about the story? Very loose, early leaks report it being about “Clark Kent traveling the world deciding whether or not he actually wants to be Superman”. It’s an interesting concept, sure, but we’ve already had a slower, character-driven Superman film this decade. With a director like Snyder at their disposal, I hope Warner Brother’s push the film into slightly more… dynamic territory. Origin Stories are soooo 00’s. The description also sounds a little too similar to Batman Begins for my liking. This is all just speculation, mind. At this stage, the story could be anything.
The “reboot” is the hot topic around Hollywood right now. Nothing gets a crowd excited like seeing established, familiar characters refreshed and presented to them anew. It can go too far, though. Think of all the superhero films you’ve seen this decade. How many of them were origin stories? How many of them just got on with it and gave you a full movie with the character you know? The X-Men franchise has now exclusively started telling origin stories. While that’s good for the more obscure, interesting characters (God, I hope they get that Deadpool movie made), an average audience will probably already know most of what’s being told. Superman is the most recognised hero in the world, fact. People know who he is. Why not, then, as the writer of the film, just go with it and present a broader, longer, more interesting journey without the baggage of all this background? A film about Clark Kent debating being Superman would be as much a Smallville movie as it would an addition to the Superman franchise.
While there are many reasons to be cautious about getting excited for the rebirth of the Superman franchise yet again, there are also some excellent reasons to be optimistic that, at the very least, we’re going to get another solid superhero movie out of an extremely promising team of filmmakers.
Superman: The Man Of Steel is due out Christmas 2012.