Superman Unchained Edit
Superman Unchained (Vol 1) 6 has been released, but I still have a few questions about the series.
1. What place would Superman Unchained take in the New 52 timeline?
2. What happened to the solicitation for issue 9? It disappeared from DC's schedule.
Superman Solicitations Edit
According to Newsarama, the final two issues of Superman Unchained have been cancelled. DC will release them at a later date. This was confirmed here. Leader Vladimir (talk) 22:56, April 2, 2014 (UTC)
I'm sure we've had this conversation before about where to place the Terra article. I personally still think Batman as you have Beast Boy AND Geo-Force there already. - Doomlurker (talk) 00:17, April 12, 2014 (UTC)
Infinity Man and The Forever People, Justice League United, Futures EndEdit
- Also, I'm leaning towards Hawkman Wiki for JLU but it could also go here due to Supergirl getting involved.
- With Future's End I'm torn, could go Shazam but I think here would possibly be more suited due to Lois' role and the Masked Superman, then again could also go Batman.
Futures End #10Edit
Lobo (Volume 3)Edit
Futures End #14Edit
Current status Edit
After many months, I'm finally contacting you. Sorry I haven't written earlier, I've been busy. Anyway, now that September is here, I'm gonna ask you some questions about Superman's current events.
- What do you think of the Superman book under Geoff Johns' writing?
- What do you think of the Superman: Doomed event?
- Now that Superman: Unchained has only one issue left, what are your thoughts on the series?
- How do you feel about Future's End and its effects on Superman?
- I second your thoughts about Superman Unchained, the delays hurt the series and its pacing, but as the reviews point out, every issue is worth the wait. Snyder and Lee have talent when it comes to Superman.
- The Superman book is also one of my favorite book in DC's current line. Johns is a great writer, but Romita is hit-or-miss, but sometimes his art can impress.
- I also like how things are handled in Superman: Doomed. It's nice to see how the event manages to make references to The Death of Superman and be its own story at the same time.
- I haven't payed much attention to Future's End lately, but so far I enjoyed Superman's role in it. The mystery of the Masked Superman is an interesting part of the series.
Superman's copyright status Edit
It has been confirmed that the Supreme Court will not interfere in the Shuster-DC fight over Superman's copyright. You can read it here. What do you think? Leader Vladimir (talk) 20:23, October 6, 2014 (UTC)
Superman Unchained Finale Edit
Superman Unchained #9 was released yesterday and I'm happy to say that it was an awesome and satisfying conclusion. Everything wrapped up nicely and despite the massive schedule issues, the series was still an enjoyable experience. Here are interviews where Snyder talked about the finale: Newsarama, HitFix, ComicVine. So, what are your thoughts about the finale? Leader Vladimir (talk) 21:54, November 6, 2014 (UTC)
Earlier this week, DC released information about the Convergence event. This will see the return of Pre-New 52 Superman and Lois Lane. According to the info, they are expecting a child. Here are some websites with the info: ComicBookResources and io9. What do you think? Leader Vladimir (talk) 19:35, November 13, 2014 (UTC)
New Outfit and Power for Superman Edit
Hello, my friend. I hope 2015 has been nice to you. I have uploaded an image of a variant cover for Superman #39, showing Superman's new outfit. According to Superman #38's solicit, Superman will get a new power and a new suit. Now, we have confirmation on the new suit, but we'll have to wait until Superman #38 is released to see what new power Superman will have. So, what do you think? Leader Vladimir (talk) 15:55, January 29, 2015 (UTC)
New status quo after Convergence Edit
After Convergence, the A-list heroes of DC Comics will see a change of status quo. Superman in particular will have a new haircut and a new uniform, evoking the beginning of the New 52. The changes are detailed here and here. So, what do you think? Leader Vladimir (talk) 16:23, March 14, 2015 (UTC)
Batman v. Superman trailer Edit
The new trailer for Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice has been released and I'm as excited as ever. I can't wait to see how Superman interacts with Batman and establishes the Justice League. What do you think? Leader Vladimir (talk) 03:51, April 18, 2015 (UTC)
Superman's post-Convergence status Edit
Solicits and images from Superman's post-Convergence issues show that not only Superman will see a change in his wardrobe; his secret identity will also be revealed to the world... by Lois Lane. You can see read the details here. This is without a doubt one of the most controversial things to be ever happen in Superman and Lois' shared history. What do you think? Leader Vladimir (talk) 00:37, April 28, 2015 (UTC)
- I’m not looking forward to the post-Convergence story arc because DC advertises it as changing Clark and Lois’ relationship. I ask: what relationship? All they have done in the New 52 is talk about work or Superman saving Lois from whatever danger she comes across, as usual. It's like DC is relying on pre-Flashpoint canon in order to establish Clark and Lois' relationship. There are only two story arcs where Superman and Lois’ relationship is given focus: one is Unchained, which gives more focus to Superman uneasy alliance with Wraith. The other is Superman Doomed, but that relationship development takes a beating because, once again, Lois forgets Clark’s secret identity. The idea of Lois revealing his secret ID comes off as out-of-character for her, because she as a reporter and Superman's ally, she should at least attempt to understand Clark's situation. Just read this opinion piece on DC's treatment of Superman and Lois in the New 52. What do you think? Leader Vladimir (talk) 19:03, April 28, 2015 (UTC)
Convergence Ending Edit
It's finally over. The Convergence event ended this Wednesday: good triumphed over evil, love prevailed, a happy ending once and for all, especially for Superman and his family. What do you think? Leader Vladimir (talk) 12:29, May 29, 2015 (UTC)
- I agree that the Multiverse entails new possibilities for DC, but what surprises me more is that, as confirmed by Jeff King, Superman, Lois and their son actually got a happy ending. I know the breakup of Clark and Lois' marriage was very controversial, but I'm actually happy the Kents are together again. In hindsight, Convergence seems like a huge love letter towards the fans of the Clark/Lois marriage and the good old-fashioned Superman. Leader Vladimir (talk) 01:54, May 30, 2015 (UTC)
Romita's comments Edit
Four issues of the Truth arc have been published so far, and yesterday Comic Book Resources published an interview with Gene Luen Yang and John Romita Jr., in Romita says he doesn't want Lois to be in a relationship with Superman ever again and revealing his secret ID to the world is completely in-character with her. In my opinion, I consider this an insult to thousands of Superman fans out there who enjoyed Clark and Lois' marriage, not to mention how All-Star Superman and Man of Steel handled the event of Lois knowing Clark's secret. What do you think about this Leader Vladimir (talk) 16:59, June 25, 2015 (UTC)
Truth Ending Edit
The last issue in the Truth arc was released last week, and in my opinion, the Truth arc was an awful attempt by DC to make Superman relevant again. Truth saw a powerless Superman with no job, very few allies, public opinion turned against him and the villains of the arc have escaped to fight another day. All of this makes it very hard for me to get emotionally invested because so many bad things are happening I can't help but feeling bad. What do you think? Leader Vladimir (talk) 18:01, October 5, 2015 (UTC)
- Many things in the story arc, that would otherwise work on Superman's favor, are turned around just so that Superman can have a challenge. Consider:
- 1. All the heroism and goodwill Superman has done disappears when his identity gets ousted. the people of Metropolis get angry that Superman has a secret identity, so they go and ransack his apartment. Clearly his reputation as hero of Earth doesn't stand for much when you also attempt to have a personal life.
- 2. Perry gets angry at Clark for lying to him and fires him. Okay, Perry, I know you got shot in your shoulder and your employees were in danger but Superman has saved your life and the world thousands of times over, not to mention Clark is one of your best reporters. Also, since Lois figured Clark's secret before Clark told him, wouldn't Perry be able to do the same? There are stories that imply Perry knows but keeps quiet out of respect for Clark/Superman.
- 3. Gordon attempts to arrest Superman even though he also has a secret identity. Hypocrite much, Gordon? You'd expect Gordon to at least understand what Superman is going through.
- 4. John Romita, Jr.'s art is so weird and anatomically incorrect you'd have to read the issues again to understand what's going on. Ed Benes, Kenneth Rocafort, Nicola Scott. There, I just named 3 artists that can do a better job at drawing Superman than Romita, Jr. Even his father could do a better job.
- Don't get me wrong, I'll keep reading the Superman books because I love Superman, but don't expect me to be jumping up and down in excitement. Leader Vladimir (talk) 00:44, October 7, 2015 (UTC)
Superman: Lois and Clark Edit
Moving on, I have just read the preview for the new Superman: Lois and Clark. I've been interested in this new series since its announcement, because we can finally see a fully realized Superman, one who has a stable family life rather than being constantly challenged by society. No more romance drama, no more secret identity conflicts, no more power fluctuations, just Superman and his family. What do you think? Leader Vladimir (talk) 18:56, October 8, 2015 (UTC)
Enjoying Superman Edit
Since Truth is getting a lot flak for essentially turning Superman into an angsty, brooding figure and they wish a return for the old days, it must mean Superman works best when things go right for him. All-Star Superman and Superman: Unchained were popular because of their optimistic portrayal of the Man of Steel. Even Man of Steel, serious as it was, reconstructed the idea of Superman for the modern world. Superman is not Spider-Man, who struggles to pay rent, nor Batman, who is antisocial and paranoid, Superman is an idealist who sees the good in having a humble, modest life. What do you think? Leader Vladimir (talk) 16:29, October 13, 2015 (UTC)
Man of Steel justification Edit
David S. Goyer went on the explain the decision to have Superman kill General Zod in Man of Steel. I admit, that is a controversial scene, but I mostly agree with it. Mostly. The Superman we saw on that movie was a rookie living in a world that has never believed in superheroes in the first place. He killed Zod to save an innocent family and it was not a decision he took lightly. I said mostly because at first I was upset when I read about it, because killing is something Superman wouldn't do, unless it was under extreme circumstances. But it time, I came to agree with it. I loved Man of Steel and I'm not gonna let a small thing ruin my overall enjoyment of the movie. What do you think? Leader Vladimir (talk) 16:52, October 28, 2015 (UTC)
New trailer Edit
At last, the trailer for Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice is here. I enjoyed every second of it. Superman and Batman did not break character for the sake of the story and Wonder Woman's introduction was great. I'm a bit concerned when Doomsday was revelead because I thought it was too early to use him, but I think the crew can do him right. I mean, it's not like Smallville used him better. My only concern is that Lex behaved like a campy '70s supervillain, rather than the modern version. Either way, I'm looking forward to the movie. What do you think? Leader Vladimir (talk) 20:03, December 6, 2015 (UTC)
New Year Edit
Hello, my friend. Let me start by wishing you a belated Happy 2016. I should have done this earlier but I was busy with school, home and family. It was embarrassing putting it off. Anyway, the Savage Dawn is set to end this March and, if Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and the March solicits are anything to go by, 2016 shapes up to be a good year for Superman. In my opinion, 2015 was not a spectacular year for the Man of Steel, especially with the comic books; and with the Truth phase ending, DC can finally work on reconstructing Superman. What do you say about this? Leader Vladimir (talk) 19:46, January 17, 2016 (UTC)
Return to work Edit
First off, I want to say that I will return to editting this site, at least on an interim basis. I'm sorry for taking too long to get back in the game, but these last few months have been very taxing on me, particularly with college and family. Still, they have allowed me to be more educated with Superman and his world, and I want to use that knowledge to improve this site. The Rebirth phase has been very enjoyable so far and I actually liked Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, so if there is anything I can help, I will help. Thank you for your understanding. Leader Vladimir (talk) 00:55, April 13, 2017 (UTC)
It's been almost one year since the Rebirth phase began and, true to its name, DC has given Superman the rebirth he needs to improve his books; especially because 2015 was the year DC threw Superman under the bus. The Final Days of Superman, as its title implies, saw the death of the New 52 Superman, motivating the pre-Flashpoint Superman to take his place as the world's new Man of Steel. Then, Superman Reborn reveals the creation of the New 52 continuity caused Superman to be separated into his pre-Flashpoint and N52 selves, explaining why were there two versions of Superman flying around at the end of the New 52, when no other character displayed such problem. At the end of the story, they merge into a single, complete version of Superman; rearraging their shared histories and accommodating them into the restored DC Universe. In my opinion, that story arc works because it allows readers to have an upgraded Superman they can get behind and the New 52 gets to keep some of his dignity. Superman is no longer a stranger to the universe he lives in. Leader Vladimir (talk) 20:56, April 13, 2017 (UTC)
Return to work Edit
After a long year of college study and Superman-related media, I returned to this page again. I'm sorry for such a long absence but I had other things to take care of. With the beginning of a new year, particularly one where Action Comics will hit the big #1000, maybe I can help here. Leader Vladimir (talk) 17:35, January 20, 2018 (UTC)
- 2017 was good year for our favorite superhero, haters be damned. The Oz Effect and Imperius Lex further explored the Superman/Lex feud in the Rebirth universe and Justice League saw Superman's return to life. They were all good stories and left me craving for more. Leader Vladimir (talk) 03:27, January 21, 2018 (UTC)
- Alright, this is something I need to talk about, so please listen. Ever since the classic red trunks were confirmed to return in April, I gotta ask: is this okay? Supporters claim the red trunks are an iconic part of the suit and it offers a good balance to its color scheme. CBR even said that "Superman exists in a realm outside of what’s cool or trendy in the moment, and the red trunks are a big part of that. It’s good to see them back." Detractors claim that the trunks look outdated and ridiculous, and Superman, like any character appearing on a serialized medium, should evolve to suit the audience's tastes and avoid stagnation. CBR also explored the idea of Superman losing his trunks over a lawsuit. Personally, I believe we shouldn't make a big deal over a piece of clothing and Superman is still Superman no matter what. What's your take on all of this? Leader Vladimir (talk) 20:13, January 22, 2018 (UTC)
Superman in the New 52 Edit
With the New 52 far behind, I can look back on it with more nuanced eyes and give my opinion. Here it goes...
While the decision to significantly modify Superman's status quo in the New 52 is not one I agree with, it is one I can understand. Superman had become such an iconic character not only to DC, but to modern culture, that it was a major challenge to write him as an emotionally compelling protagonist in a dramatic story. By taking him out of his comfort zone, Superman could be portrayed as a more fallible and human character and adapt to a world that may no longer see his ideals as relevant. Easier said than done, apparently. In his own books, he came off as immature and reckless and in Justice League, he could be an outright bully. The writers were more interested in portraying their own versions of Superman instead of delivering a single, more cohesive narrative; which was a huge problem of the New 52 as a whole. Truth was the absolute nadir in quality regarding New 52 Superman.
His supporting cast suffered as well. Jonathan and Martha Kent were death and the Daily Planet crew was a non-entity in most stories. It seemed that the only characters from the Superman franchise that influenced the DCU at large in a significant way were Superman himself, and to a lesser extent Lex Luthor. Lois Lane got the rawest deal, however. Superman's relationship with Lois, which had been the heart and soul of the Superman stories and the most human element of both characters for a long time, had been ignored. Instead, DC pushed a Superman/Wonder Woman romance. Don't get me wrong, a Superman/Wonder Woman romance has always been a beautiful what-if for both characters and in canon it was quite enjoyable, but it simply didn't have the longevity or emotional pathos as Clark/Lois. To Clark/Diana's credit, their book was more enjoyable and fun than the mainstream Superman and Wonder Woman books at the time.
I'm not really fond of the suit either. While I wasn't really upset about the removal of the red trunks (it's just a minor detail on the suit, let's all calm down), I disliked the armored look, the excessive seamlines and the high collar, which made the suit look weird, needlessly complicated on-page. It says something about this design when DC moved away from it and used the classic suit as the baseline for future designs.
Ultimately, New 52 Superman feels like the product of trends and focus groups. DC was so adamant in making Superman appealing towards modern audiences, especially the younger audiences and basically anyone who didn't know Superman beyond the most basic concepts of the character. If that was the intent, then they were trying to hard. Personally, the New 52's ideas and concepts for Superman were better utilized in the DC Extended Universe. There, Superman felt more believable and his character development was more organic. This all might be inherent to the cinematic medium as a whole than something exclusive to the DCEU but I prefer the DCEU Superman over the New 52 Superman. Any day, no questions asked.
While there were good stories (Doomed, Unchained, Superman/Wonder Woman), the New 52 was ultimately a period that is best left behind, at least as far as Superman is concerned. What's your opinion on all of this? Leader Vladimir (talk) 21:43, January 29, 2018 (UTC)
Current Superman topics Edit
So much has happened to our beloved hero, both inside and outside comic books.
- Brian Michael Bendis has been confirmed to replace Dan Jurgens and Peter J. Tomasi as writer to both Action Comics and Superman after the 1000th issue. He will also introduce a new villain with tries to Krypton. Honestly, I don't know what to make of all of this. I enjoyed Jurgens' and Tomasi's works in the Superman books and while I'm willing to give Bendis a chance, mostly because of his Ultimate Spider-Man work, his track record has been pretty hit-or-miss lately, and his introduction kinda feels like Jurgens and Tomasi are getting cheated out of a long, promising career in the Superman books. To be fair, Bendis promises he will not undo Jurgens and Tomasi's work, but I guess we'll just have to wait and see how it works out.
- As average and run-of-the-mill Superman Returns was, I actually enjoyed Brandon Routh's performance. He is a good actor struggling against comparisons to Christopher Reeve (who has set a pretty high bar in regards to Superman performances), questionable writing (Superman conceives a child with Lois Lane and leaves Earth for 5 years) and indecisive directing (the movie couldn't make up it's mind whether it was a continuation of the first 2 Christopher Reeve films or a reboot).
- Overzealous DC fans have decided to boycott Black Panther's critical reception, because they think that Disney apparently bribes critics to bash DC films and praise Marvel fans. WTF? I like both companies, but obviously like Superman more, so this behavior is unacceptable, no matter the circumstances. Fortunately, there are DC fans above such petty grudes and have started a charity movement to support the movie.
- Honestly, I don't think the Zack Snyder cut of Justice League exists. As you know, Snyder left the movie after a family tragedy (my sincere condolences), so Joss Whedon was brought in to replace him. Thing is, Whedon didn't just provide additional scenes for the film, he completed the film. Even if the Snyder cut existed, it would be filled with rough scenes and unfinished visual and special effects; not to mention that it would replace the Whedon version as the canon version of events in the DCEU's overall narrative. Rumor has it that Warner executives knew the movie would flop but they had already invested so much money in it so they released it anyway. It's just the rumor and shouldn't be taken seriously, but if it's true, it would certainly go a long way in explaining Warner's business practices.
What's your take on all of this?
DCEU and Smallville Edit
Hello, my friend. I'm sorry I haven't contacted you lately. I've been busy with college. There are some things I wanted to talk about with you:
- I think the reason the DCEU has been so divisive in regards to Superman is because it asked the hard questions about Superman: what is so iconic about the character and what do viewers love about him? Some people think that the DCEU ruined Superman with its dark and realistic storytelling. I disagree with that, but I can understand how those people feel. Applying realism and logical consequences to a character who defines escapism and fantastic storytelling is a tough sell, but what some people forget is that the DCEU also tries to celebrate what makes Superman great; with his struggle to do the right thing and find his place in a morally grey world. That's something that, as a fan and as a person, I can identify with.
- I don't really like Smallville. At first, I thought it was an okay show, but now that I look back on it, it was doomed from the start. The premise of "the adventures of Clark Kent before becoming Superman" was already of a tough sell, but by season 5, the show redid its whole premise and Clark ended up doing the things Superman does in his prime, but without the things that make him iconic (suit, flight, etc.). The finale doesn't even show Clark putting on the suit, just the House of El symbol underneath his shirt.
- Superman is often compared with Captain America and Spider-Man as the blueprint on how superheroes should act and behave. Well, my opinion, Clark suceeds where Steve and Peter fail for one specific reason: he is a family man. Think about it: Marvel is so afraid on making signficant changes to their most iconic characters for fear of alienating their fans, but DC took a leap of faith and gave Superman a strong, loving family. How many superheroes say that?
- Let me explain how did I became a Superman fan. Back when I was a kid, my favorite superhero was Spider-Man. I spend hours watching Spider-Man movies and TV shows and playing some of his video games. Then I moved on to Batman, particularly thanks to the DCAU and the Christopher Nolan trilogy. I admit I'm still a bit fond of the dark and complex nature of Batman and the world he inhabits, but not to the same degree. When I grew up, I had to decide the kind of person I wanted to be and I wanted to be an optimist. As you can expect, my favorite superhero ended up being Superman.
Favorite Superman stories Edit
With Action Comics #1000 just around the corner, I thought it would be the best to make a list about my favorite Superman stories. What do you think? Leader Vladimir (talk) 03:53, April 17, 2018 (UTC)
Action Comics #1000 Edit
- All the stories were fun and enjoyable. The writers were allowed to go nuts with Superman's history. My favorites would have to be "From the City that Has Everything", which features cameos from Superman's friends; "Never-Ending Battle", with an exploration of Superman's history; and "Of Tomorrow", which features Superman's poignant farewell to the family and world that raised him. Brian Bendis' story was just okay. Rogol Zaar doesn't seem all that original or interesting. I don't think he will become one of Superman's greatest and most memorable enemies, like Doomsday, General Zod or Metallo. I mean, why do we need a specific character responsible for Krypton's destruction? Honestly, Mr. Oz is more interesting and enjoyable as an antagonist. That said, I'm interested to see how the story develops. I still hope that Bendis will deliver some amazing stories with Superman. Leader Vladimir (talk) 01:44, April 22, 2018 (UTC)
Superman News Edit
Hello, again. Here's what I have to say.
- Despite how long and protracted the New Krypton saga was, I actually enjoyed the World of New Krypton and War of the Supermen stories because of their intense action, excellent amounts of character writing and world building and because they depicted how benevolent and righteous Superman can be in times of both civil unrest and all-out war.
- With Kevin Spacey and Allison Mack becoming notorious for sex-related crimes, that's gonna make Superman Returns and Smallville very awkward rewatches. Even Kristin Kreuk is not safe from this, as she had some indirect connections with Allison's sex cult. While Kristin has made it clear that she had no involvement in the sex trafficking operation and has publically denounced the organization, it is very likely that her career will be damaged in the long run.
- Unfortunately, Margot Kidder passed away on Sunday. She will be missed.
- Action Comics Special #1 and the upcoming Superman Special #1 are the conclusion of Peter J. Tomasi and Dan Jurgens' work on the Superman series. Apparently, their stories are meant to give Brian Michael Bendis as much as a clean slate as possible to work in the series.
- The new Death of Superman movie will be released this August. As ambivalent as I feel about the art style and Jerry O'Connell's performance, and how tired it feels to revisit the Death of Superman again, I'm kinda looking forward to this movie.
Superman News Edit
Hello, again. I'm sorry I haven't contacted you lately. I've been busy with college. There are some things I wanted to talk about with you:
- The Man of Steel miniseries has come to end and, truth be told, it was a good experience. The series boasted some of the best artists to ever work on a Superman series. My main complaint against Man of Steel is that it kinda forgets to develop Rogol Zaar as a character and he remains bland and generic, even if the miniseries does try to explore his hatred towards Kryptonians, "try" being the keyword here. The best part about Man of Steel is the Kent family drama, which Bendis ultimately wrote with respect and nuance. If there are some flaws with Bendis' storytelling, they can be fixed in the coming Superman and Action Comics issues, as Man of Steel was always meant to be the pilot episode into Bendis' era.
- By now, you must have heard of the controversies regarding Batman #50 and X-Men Gold #30, as the publishers spoiled those issues' major reveals in an effort to generate interest in the books. Honestly, I was confused by such business move, because a lot of people got denied of the chance of experience those crucial stories by themselves and now are cancelling their orders on those books, which is bound to affect the local comic book stores. Also, I'm not entirely fond of the much publicized weddings not happening at all, although the X-Men did throw a curveball and featured another wedding.
- So, when is Warner and DC announcing the new Superman film? I loved the DCEU movies, despite their polarized reception, because their version of Superman has an unexpected level of humanity, moral conflict and emotional nuance not seen since the DCAU. Henry Cavill shows how much he cares about the character outside the cameras and the DC Films division definitely hit a homerun by hiring him. It would be a waste to see Superman get ignored in favor of other heroes simply because DC Films is afraid of what the fans might think. I think there are a lot of people who like what the DCEU is doing with Superman, so I think the DC Films people should just ignore the hating crowd and be more serious in adapting Superman to film again.
Superman News and Opinions Edit
Hello, my friend. It's been an... interesting week for us Superman fans.
- Henry Cavill has said that he hoped to use Superman’s controversial killing of General Zod to further develop Superman in the DCEU, but the plan to feature Batman in the sequel put a halt on that. Hopefully, a new Superman film will give Superman the character exploration he deserves and it will give Henry the chance he needs to demonstrate his skill to portray Superman. Henry even teasted that the next Superman film might come between 2019 and 2045. With SDCC coming soon, we might get some news from DC Films about a new Superman movie. Still, I have to ask, what is DC waiting for? They are moving forward with movies for Aquaman, Wonder Woman, Shazam, the Flash and even the Joker, but what about Superman? I'm a huge Superman fan and I don't want DC and Warner to give him the Star Fox treatment, relegating him to cameos and appearances in ensemble movies while moving the DCEU forward. Superman deserves better.
- In my opinion, Superman #1 was an enjoyable beginning to Bendis' new series. If Man of Steel was the appetizer, then the new Superman and Action Comics are the main course. With his family gone, it's good to see Superman pick himself up and try to regain some semblance of normality in his life. This new issue also sees Superman confront the idea that he might not be doing enough to help humanity, even if it's within his power to do more. This new perspective is embodied by Martian Manhunter, who at least try to present his arguments in a kind and more civilized manner, unlike the morally ambiguous Jor-El. I'm also curious to see how was the entire Earth consumed by the Phantom Zone. Did the projector break? Did someone within the Phantom Zone dragged the entire planet within the zone on purpose? This issue was a bit slow in pacing but I expect things will kick into high gear in the coming months, especially if we are to believe that Superman and Action Comics will feature interconnected story arcs, much like the Tomasi/Jurgens era. Also, Ivan Reis' art is always a win.
- There is something I have to get out my chest: I think I'm suffering from comic book fatigue. After reading comic books over the years, mostly DC Comics, I'm starting to feel burned out, tired and exhausted. I don't know how to keep up with comic books nowadays. The only books that hold my interest are Superman and Action Comics, the other books just exist as far as I'm concerned. Captain America, Batman, Spider-Man, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, all those other heroes I've followed in these last few years… well, I'm not as interested in them as I'm interested in Superman. By this point of my life, Superman is the only superhero I'm emotionally invested in. I know all those other heroes are great and amazing in their own unique ways, but Superman is the only superhero I'm interested in following.
- I'm glad that Lois and Jon are safe and that Bendis is not damaging them in his attempt to leave his mark on the Superman legacy. Superman might feel alone and lost without his family and might even attempt to go and look for them in outer space, but he feels like soon realizes Lois and Jon need his trust, and ultimately Superman has faith that his wife and son are capable of looking after each other. By this point, Clark and Lois are the most legendary and iconic romance in comic books. The only couple that comes close in reaching Clark and Lois' popularity is Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson, and that relationship has the disadvantage of being obliterated by Marvel because they think a bachelor Spider-Man is more relatable (lame excuse in my opinion). Even if they were other relationships with quality writing and memorable scenes, you can't really rewrite history nor you can't downplay the role Clark and Lois had in establishing romance in comic books. We wouldn't have comic book romance in the first place if it wasn't for Clark and Lois testing the waters and guiding the way forward.
Superman Movies and Comics News Edit
Hello, my friend. I hope you're okay. I've been wanting to write you a message since the weekend, what with SDCC already concluding, but I've been busy with college. We've had a busy week.
- Action Comics #1001 was released yesterday and I have to say, it's a pretty good issue. I don't know why people keep throwing shade at Bendis. So far, he hasn't delivered a major disappointment. The full story is still playing out, so I'll do my best to give him the benefit of the doubt. Bendis said he wants Superman to focus on the title character engaging on epic adventures, while Action Comics will be focused on supporting characters and world building. In my opinion, both books can be about Superman, while Bendis could have a third book to develop the supporting characters and the city of Metropolis, much the Batman line of publications. Bendis' signature joke-filled dialogue kinda drags the story down (he tries too hard to imitate Joss Whedon), but for the most part the story develops beautifully. Rogol Zaar feels generic and unremarkable. You do have a point that his history with Krypton would have worked better with another villain (Brainiac, Doomsday, General Zod), but I guess Bendis wanted so hard to leave his mark on the Superman saga that he decided the best way to do was introduce a new villain that no one have ever heard about before, even if he had history with Krypton. I'm still nervous for what will happen to Clark, Lois and Jon, but there is always hope they will be back together.
- Over the past weekend, it was announced that James Gunn, director of the Guardians of the Galaxy movies, would be fired from Disney because of some Internet comments he wrote about homophobia and racism, while Shazam! actor Jack Dylan Grazer is facing his fair share of controversy because of homophobic comments. Fans and actors are already defending Gunn, while it is unknown what kinda of impact will Grazer's controversy have on Shazam!. Hollywood is experiencing a rise of accountability in Hollywood for previous statements, actions and behavior, to the point of firing people for things they have already apologized for, which gives the impression of opening old wounds for the sake of controversy. Gunn and Grazer screwed up and that's human, but what's also human is the ability to learn from those mistakes and move forward. In any case, their actions werent' nearly as bad as Kevin Spacey and Allison Mack.
- SDCC was a good opportunity for Warner and DC to announce a new Superman movie, which could have been helped with the Superman franchise celebrating its 80th anniversary and 1000 issues for Action Comics. Superman is my favorite superhero, not to mention the character that originated the superhero genre in the first place, and Man of Steel is one of my favorite superhero movies of all time. DC and Warner, however, did not announce a new Superman movie and have no immediate plans to continue the Superman film series. Instead, they have greenlit movies for Aquaman, Shazam, Wonder Woman and even the Joker. While the move to give the spotlight to lesser known properties is not bad in and of itself, it feels unfair that Superman gets relegated to the background just because DC and Warner are too afraid of screwing up again. DC and Warner are giving Superman the Star Fox treatment, relegating him to cameos and appearances in ensemble movies instead of committing to a solo film. The current atmosphere of the Superman film series feels like the rebuilding era of a sports franchise, a time where they still go out and compete but they do so only to bide their time, to satiate fans and bring in some money, waiting for draft picks and players to mature to so that, at some point, they can be competitive again. Don't get me wrong, I've enjoyed Superman's role in Batman v. Superman and Justice League, but those movies, especially Justice League, only deliver a small taste of what kind of movie protagonist Superman can be in this modern era of superhero films. DC and Warner had a pretty good chance of greenlighting a new Superman film in this year, capitalzing on Henry Cavill's real life charisma and the long-lasting impact Superman has had on popular culture, especially with Action Comics #1000. Instead of doing that, however, they have engaged on a tactical withdrawal and chosen to focus on other superheroes. Like I said before, it's not a bad move in and of itself, but I expected DC and Warner to show more respect to the character that originated the superhero genre in the first place. The Superman film series isn't dead but it's not alive either. I genuinely hope DC and Warner give Superman another chance to shine in the big screen because the world deserves another Superman movie.
Hello, my friend. I hope you're okay. It's been a long time since I've written you. I want you to know I'm fine. I've been reading the newest Superman comics and I even watched the Death and Reign animated movies. Superman is my favorite literary character of all time and I always look forward to more stories featuring Superman and his community. I can only hope your love for Superman hasn't diminished one bit and we call still talk about things featuring our beloved Man of Steel. Thank you for your time. Leader Vladimir (talk) 21:04, April 27, 2019 (UTC)
- Bendis has been doing a good job at revitalizing the Superman universe. Despite a few problems here and there (Rogol Zaar, the mystery of Jor-El, humor-filled dialogue), this is one of the best Superman runs in these last five years. If I had to pick a favorite between the two books, it would be Superman for its amazing character work and the incredible artwork by Ivan Reis. Don't get me wrong, Action Comics is a solid book and I love the world-building and the development of the supporting cast, but in my opinion, none of those things will matter if you don't have protagonists you can sympathize with and get behind. Superman delivers amazing character work and incredible emotional scenes that make you care about Superman and his friends. Hopefully, the upcoming stories will be even better. Leader Vladimir (talk) 16:24, April 28, 2019 (UTC)
More Superman news Edit
Hello, my friend. I hope you are okay. Here are some things about the Superman universe I feel that I should share with you.
- YouTube comic book reviewer JustSomeGuy released a video that says Superman should remain white. I don't know about you but I agree with his arguments. Don't get me wrong, I support diversity and representation but they shouldn't come at the expense of pre-established characters and stories. There is no reason to change Superman's race/sexuality/political preference/whatever. He is fine the way he is.
- I stopped watching Supergirl because of the show's treatment to Superman. Every time Superman shows up, it's done to prop up Supergirl as the better hero. It's her TV show, I get it, but there should have been a better way to characterize Superman, the first modern superhero. This gives the impression that Superman has nothing to offer to Supergirl, that Supergirl doesn't need him. We wouldn't have Supergirl if it wasn't for Superman. Right or wrong, some fans, myself included, have no desire to see Superman brought down even one peg just to prop up or propel another character forward. I just think that the Arrowverse, in its current form, is disrespecting Superman and refraining from using him to his full potential.
- Do you want to interact with other Superman fans? Maybe you could join the Superman subreddit. They are all about having fun with Superman.
Comic book summaries Edit
Hello, my friend. I hope you are okay. I've finished writing plot summaries for Superman Volumes 4 and 5 at the DC Fandom Wiki. Whenever you update this website with issues from those series, are you okay with me adding those summaries to their respective pages? Leader Vladimir (talk) 00:58, June 27, 2019 (UTC)