A few folks (including Daredevil writer Mark Waid and ComicsAlliance's Chris Sims) have referred to elements of director Zack Snyder's Man of Steel as "disaster porn," but just how much damage is actually dealt by Superman, Zod and company in the movie?
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If you like Superman movies that we already have, then I imagine you have the best chance of being entertained by Man of Steel. That's really the nicest thing I can say about it, and I say it because when you get right down to it, most of the considerable mistakes that made Man of Steel downright unbearable for me were made in those, too. In that respect, it's really just the latest installment of The Adventures of Terrible Movie Superman.
The legendary and outspoken writer behind Watchmen, V for Vendetta, From Hell, and many more of the most memorable comic book stories of the last 30+ years, Alan Moore's feelings on creators' rights are well documented. He's continued to discuss his views at length in Occupy Comics, Black Mask Studios' Kickstarter-funded anthology inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement, opining mainly on the comics industry's complex historical relationship with counterculture and corporations. Titled "Buster Brown At The Barricades," much of the latest chapter focuses specifically on Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, and their lifelong struggle for credit and control of the Man of Steel they created and sold for just $130 in the 1930s.
We make a regular practice at ComicsAlliance of spotlighting particular artists or specific bodies of work, but because cartoonists, illustrators and their fans share countless numbers of great images on sites like Flickr, Tumblr, DeviantArt and seemingly infinite art blogs that we've created Best Art Ever (This Week), a weekly depository for just some of the pieces of especially compelling artwork that we come across in our regular travels across the Web. Some of it's new, some of it's old, some of it's created by working professionals, some of it's created by future stars, some of it's created by talented fans, and some of it's endearingly silly. All of it's awesome. In honor of this year's 75th anniversary of the first appearance of Superman and this weekend's release of Man of Steel, we present for the second time a compilation of some of the coolest portraits of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster's brilliant creation that we've highlighted in this feature over the last few years. We know it's cheating but we didn't count on going away for a month and then coming back in the middle of a big media event. All-new next week evermore.
Superman is not a role they give to movie stars. Christopher Reeve was unknown when he took the part. The same was true for Dean Cain, Tom Welling and Brandon Routh; the best any of them could claim is a multi-episode guest spot on a TV show or, in Routh's case, a supporting role on a daytime soap. Though some bigger names have been considered for the role (Nicolas Cage being the most bizarre among them), filmmakers seem to understand that when audiences look at Superman they should see only Superman, and not the actor who plays the part.
Given its history of early action figure image teasers, Hot Toys had seemed super quiet regarding any potential Man of Steel merchandise, but it appears that the toymaker was simply waiting for the right time to wow fans with its trademark so-real-you-can't-believe-it's-not-real 1/6th scale Superman collectible figure. Celebrated by Hot Toys as its 200th collectible figure in the ongoing Movie Masterpiece line, the toy, it's haunting Henry Cavill likeness, swappable hands and special S-shield base will come with an extra-special bonus: a 1:1 scale Kryptonian Command Key just as seen in the MoS movie.
With its limited supply of gorgeous Francesco Francavilla Black Beetle screen-printed posters completely sold out, Mondo has now turned its attention to this week's release of Man of Steel. The preeminent curators and producers of original, high quality illustrated posters based on film and television properties, Mondo's risen to the occasion of the Superman movie reboot with two new and extremely limited pieces by Ken Taylor and Martin Ansin, each depicting the titular Man of Steel in suitably iconic moments. Naturally both posters come with ultra-rare variants, including a "metal variant."
You've heard the one about leaping tall buildings in a single bound, right? Well, Warner Bros. and DC Comics have done exactly that -- or at least come tremendously close -- in Man Of Steel, the big-screen Superman reboot from director Zack Snyder.
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