While Superman calls the fictional American cities of Smallville and Metropolis home, half of the Man of Steel's creative team has roots in our neighbor to the north. Honoring Jerry Siegel's Canadian-American collaborator Joe Shuster's origins, the Royal Canadian Mint is forging seven new silver/gold/cupronickel Superman coins ranging in price from around $30-750 CAD (that's roughly $31-775 USD - "more in Canada" indeed, old comics).
You know that movie, Class of 1984? If you've never seen it, the basic idea is that a new teacher comes to a crime ridden urban high school and finds that his students are murderous sociopaths, and ends up having to kill them all with a series of deathtraps while the band plays the 1812 overture. If you have seen it, then you probably thought the same thing I did when I was watching it: "This story would be way better if Superman was in it."
Well rest easy, friends, because that exact thing has already happened, in a Jerry Siegel / Al Plastino classic with the truly amazing title, "The Three Tough Teen-Agers!"
Q: If the Superman/Batman movie has to happen, what would you want it to be about? -- @jordannwitt
A: I've gotten this question more than a few times over the past few years, but after the announcement at this year's San Diego Comic-Con that the people behind Man of Steel were actually going through with it after years of teasing the idea (and ComicsAlliance's tendency to send me into the theater whether I want to go or not), it looks like it's an inevitability that we're all going to have to face. I was just having a conversation with Chad Bowers about this the other day, and between the two of us, I think we may have actually figured out how to do something that I'd really like to see.
I mean, don't get me wrong: I'm pretty sure literally everyone else in the entire world would hate it, but, you know, that's how it goes sometimes.
Like it or not, director Zack Snyder is making a Batman/Superman movie.
Since that movie was announced at Comic-Con International, there have been plenty of rumors and theories about just what the plot will be, especially since news broke that Snyder met with Dark Knight Returns writer/artist Frank Miller about it. One enduring theory is that the movie will be a Batman versus Superman movie. With that in mind, the folks at How it Should Have Ended staged a little debate between Batman and Superman as to how that fight might go down. Check out the video below.
'Superman: The Animated Series' star Dana Delany goes in-depth with CA's Andy Khouri about her time voicing Lois Lane on the beloved cartoon from Warner Bros. Animation, including her favorite moments, collaborators and early fondness for Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster's iconic feminist hero.
Look: I have read a lot of weird old DC comics. It's kind of my thing. But the great thing about them is that no matter how crazy they get, every time I think I've seen the weirdest thing that comics have to offer, they always somehow manage to top themselves. Case in point: a Cary Bates/Ross Andru/Mike Esposito classic from 1968 that has somehow managed to outdo every other comic I have ever read. I realize I say this all the time, but this is, without question, the absolute balls-out craziest comic I have ever read.
Seriously, folks, I'll go ahead and tell you right now that Batman casually mentions owning a time machine in this one, and as far as weird stuff goes, that's not even in the top five.
To commemorate the 75th birthday of the Man of Steel, Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment hosted the "Superman's 75th Anniversary Celebration" panel. On hand to discuss the history, legacy and cultural significance of Superman were a group of writers, artists, actors and filmmakers who've had a lasting effect on the character: Paul Levitz, former DC Comics president; Jack Larson, the original Jimmy Olsen from the 1950's Adventures of Superman; Superman Unchained aritst and DC Comics co-publisher Jim Lee; All-Star Superman and Action Comics writer Grant Morrison; Tim Daly, the voice of Superman in the 1990's Superman: The Animated Series; Molly Quinn, who voices Supergirl in Superman Unbound; long-time Superman writer and artist Dan Jurgens; Man of Steel co-writer David S. Goyer; and Man of Steel stars Dylan Sprayberry (teenage Clark Kent) and Henry Cavill.
As expected, the room where the panel was held was packed, and many attendees were not able to get in. Fortunately, courtesy of Superman Homepage, the entire panel is now available to view online, and you can check it out after the cut.
Over the past few years, Scott Snyder has rocketed to a position as one of DC's top writers, handling both Batman's origin with Greg Capullo in the pages of "Zero Year" and the high-profile launch of Superman Unchained with Jim Lee. At Comic-Con he sat down to talk to us about how to challenge the Man of Steel on a geopolitical level, the meaning behind the Red Hood Gang and their inspiration, and why wearing a Batman baseball cap made him feel like he was in high school again.
Spoilers for both "Zero Year" and upcoming issues of Superman Unchained follow!
From the 1950s Adventures of Superman television show to this summer's Man of Steel, Superman has made several memorable appearances on both the small and big screen. And with each new TV show or film comes a change -- sometimes minor, sometimes significant -- in his iconic costume. At the DC Comics booth at this year's Comic-Con, in celebration of Superman's 75th birthday nearly all of his costumes from film and television are on display, from the suits worn by Christopher Reeve in his four Superman films to Henry Cavill's costume from Man of Steel. It's a great display, and gives visitors to the DC Comics booth a chance to see first hand the evolution of Superman's film/television look over the years.
ComicsAlliance snapped a few pictures of every costume on display, and you can check them all out below.