Whether or not Henry Cavill’s physique as Man of Steel‘s Superman will inspire you to push your own physical limits in the name of self-discovery, which is the real message behind the National Guard’s SoldierofSteel.com video of him working out shirtless below, you’re going to want to watch it. READ FULL STORY
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The most boring complaint a comic book fan can make about a comic book movie is “They Changed Stuff!” A superhero movie can, should, must be different from the source material. That’s partially just a matter of simple narrative physics.
The typical superhero has several decades of history to draw from, with generations of comic book creators putting their own distinctive spin on the character. The typical superhero movie is around two hours and 20 minutes — a running time that, plotwise, allows for maybe three issues’ worth of content. More importantly, filmmakers should never feel shackled to what’s come before. The Joker in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight is radically different from any earlier version of the Joker, and that turned out just fine. Likewise, the Iron Man trilogy has playfully chopped the character’s comic history to pieces, a strategy that has arguably made Movie Iron Man a much more compelling character than Comic Iron Man ever was.
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It’s Day 2 of our Henry Cavill Twitter Watch, and the tweets about his handsomeness have definitely gotten racier. Credit goes to more people having actually now seen him on the big screen as Man of Steel‘s Superman, but also to the airing of a Graham Norton Show interview in Britain, which produced so many tweets right as we began our search for inappropriate expressions of affection that we only had the stamina to look through two hours’ worth. Watch a fun Graham Norton clip below in which costar Amy Adams explains how creepy one feels talking about Henry’s beauty in front of him. (Ah, the anonymity of the Internet.) And below, the inappropriate — but still printable — tweet sampling: READ FULL STORY
Time really does fly.
For three-quarters of a century, Superman has been fighting the good fight, keeping Earth and its inhabitants safe from all manner of villainy and disaster. As the DC Comics character turns 75, he’s also getting a major big-screen relaunch in director Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, opening Friday.
So for this week’s cover, Entertainment Weekly is taking a look back at all the critical moments in Superman’s evolution from dimestore hero to American pop-culture icon. We start with his first appearance in 1938’s Action Comics #1, and track him along every major step (and occasional misstep) up through his reemergence in the form of Man of Steel‘s angry, passionate, lost Superman, as played by Henry Cavill.
Here’s what you can find in EW’s obsessive history of the man in the red cape:
'Action Comics #18': Exclusive first look at the conclusion to Grant Morrison's Superman run. Plus: Morrison talks Superman (and Wonder Woman)
When Grant Morrison started working on the rebooted Action Comics #1, he only intended to tell a relatively short six-issue story about Superman’s early years. Then the story started to expand in every conceivable direction — including some directions that only exist in the fifth dimension. Tomorrow sees the release of Action Comics #18, wherein Superman will face off against Vyndktvx across space and time. EW is excited to offer an exclusive preview of the comic book. First up, read on for an interview with Morrison, who talks about his ambitions for his Action Comics run, how he hopes that people will enjoy Psychedelic Superman, and his plans for future projects (including a mysterious Wonder Woman comic.)
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: So many things that have been planted throughout your run come to fruition in Action Comics #18. How much of this were you envisioning back in Action Comics #1?
GRANT MORRISON: None of it, really. No, I actually tell a lie, because the little man appears in the first panel. I knew he was from the fifth dimension, and I knew he was new baddie. I guess…I have no idea why I put him in there. That’s really weird. I’m thinking back. I planned six issues. I wasn’t going to do anymore. So why the hell is that guy there? Honestly, I think he sneaked himself in. READ FULL STORY
In June, DC will launch a new title focused on the Caped Crusader and the Last Son of Krypton. Batman/Superman chronicles the duo’s early days, when they meet and presumably don’t like each other until they like each other. USA Today announced that the comic will be written by Greg Pak and will feature art by Jae Lee.
The comic is mostly being kept under wraps at this point, but the timing of the launch is auspicious. The new Superman reboot, Man of Steel, hits theaters in June, so it makes sense that they would launch a new Supes comic book which happens to co-star DC’s most popular character. The fact that Batman gets top billing is intriguing — there was another duo comic, started in 2003, which ran for a decade under the title Superman/Batman. Both comics were preceded by World’s Finest, which is unfortunately not SEO-friendly.
DC released a couple of cool illustrations by Jae Lee. Check them out below: READ FULL STORY
Back in October, Warner Bros. defeated the heirs of Superman co-creator Joe Shuster in a lawsuit regarding the ownership of the character. Today, the studio was handed a victory in their legal tussle with the heirs of Superman’s other co-creator, Jerry Siegel. As reported by the New York Times, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Pasadena, Calif. overturned a 2008 court case that granted the Siegel estate half-ownership over the character. (Deadline has a full copy of the six-page ruling, which also briefly mentions the ownership of the comic book character The Spectre, like anyone cares.) READ FULL STORY
Disgusted by declining journalistic standards, Clark Kent quits the 'Daily Planet' to start the next Huffington Post
The embattled world of print journalism has lost one of its most respected voices. In this month’s issue of Superman, crime reporter Clark Kent will leave his job at The Daily Planet, after growing more and more disgusted with the once-great newspaper’s slow drift into corporatized mediocrity and sensationalism. Superman writer Scott Lobdell tells USA Today that Clark has a Jerry Maguire moment, standing up in the middle of the Planet offices and complaining that the lofty journalistic standards of yesteryear have faded into an industry built on infotainment directed at the lowest common denominator. “This is really what happens when a 27-year-old guy is behind a desk and he has to take instruction from a larger conglomerate with concerns that aren’t really his own,” says Lobdell. READ FULL STORY
And so it has come to this. Starting with an initial pool of 32 costumed crimefighters, our Superhero Showdown bracket game has slowly but surely whittled the playing field down to two final contestants. The greatest and most popular heroes in comic book history have all fallen by the wayside: Wonder Woman, Spider-Man, the unexpectedly popular upstart Hellboy, all of the Marvel superheroes. We are left now with a final face-off that defines the whole history of superherodom. In one corner, wearing very bright colors and an All-American smile: Superman, the Kansas farmboy, the hero of glittering Metropolis, blessed with every superpower you can imagine. In the other corner, wearing very dark colors and a cynical grimace: Batman, the big-city billionaire orphan, dark avenger of bleak Gotham, blessed with no superpowers besides boundless vengeful determination. READ FULL STORY
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