Kyle Baker is a national treasure. You're probably already familiar with his work as the eight-time Eisner Award-winning cartoonist behind books like The Cowboy Wally Show and DC's Plastic Man, but the past few years have seen him experimenting with new formats for his work. And now, he's satirized the climactic battle from Man of Steel with a stylish interactive game.
Eight years after Legendary Pictures co-produced its first movie with Warner Bros. Pictures, Batman Begins, the company whose name has been attached to nearly every DC Comics superhero movie since is moving on. Legendary could end up signing with Universal, Sony or Fox, according to Variety.
It's kind of weird when your generation takes over. I just saw a movie made by a guy who obviously grew up with all the same stuff I did. It's as if the movie was made based on my own notes on what I'd like to see in a Superman movie, but getting exactly what you ask for isn't the same as getting what you want.
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While some viewers argue the Superman depicted in Man of Steel behaves in such a way as to be unrecognizable from the hero from the DC Comics stories originated by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, what's less debatable is that actor Henry Cavill, in costume, is the living embodiment of the great superhero, a fact that's obvious even at a glance. But as Film Sketchr's Maurice S. Mitchell learned in his interview with Man of Steel conceptual artist Warren Manser, alternate designs reveal things could have gone quite differently.
Like a lot of longtime Superman fans, I found myself experiencing my share of cognitive and emotional dissonance watching the new Man of Steel movie. One thing was clear, however: Faora was totally dope! The Kryptonian killing machine has her own unique history in DC Comics lore, but the movie version especially resonated with me because she's essentially the closest thing Dragon Ball Z fans may ever see to a live action Vegeta (the less we all entertain the idea of a sequel to Dragonball: Evolution, the better). Indulge in a comparison chart detailing some key similarities and differences between the two proud/psychotic alien warriors with us after the cut, but beware of mild spoilers if you haven't seen MoS just yet.
Superman is not like other heroes. He's not only among the first, and the one who defined the genre; he's also the best. I mean that in a moral sense. Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel's creation, as we understand him today and as he exists in the cultural lexicon, is the ideal of heroic virtue. That perception may change following the success of Zack Snyder's new movie Man of Steel.
If you're mad about the ending of Man of Steel, particularly the one event that seems to have most touched a nerve with some Superman fans, don't lay the blame at the feet of co-plotter and producer Christopher Nolan. At least, not all of it.
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Eyewear designers Warby Parker released two new Superman-inspired frames to tie-in with the release of Man of Steel last weekend. Warby Parker designs eyewear with both style and affordability in mind, and the "Chamberlain" and "Percey" frames in the Man of Steel collection are no exception. With subtle red/blue detailing on the temples, these bold retro frames are fit for both men and women who are looking to add a dash of Daily Planet to their faces at $95 each (including prescription lenses) -- $15 of which will be donated to 826NYC, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6-18 with their writing skills.