Superman

Lois & Clark – The Source

by Alan Rapp on November 10, 2020

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman – The Source
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Lois & Clark - The Source

Throwback Tuesday takes us back to Metropolis for another episode of Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. Journalism, more than spandex-clad heroics, is the driving force behind “The Source.” Exposing the corruption of a local tech company knowingly shipping out faulty switches backfires for Lois (Teri Hatcher) when the company pressures her source (Peter Scolari) into retracting his statement and then attempts to silence him for good. Facing lawsuits and pressure from The Daily Planet’s board of directors, Perry (Lane Smith) has no choice but to suspend Lois when her whistleblower appears to have been killed, taking any possible evidence to his grave. Scolari is fun as the neurotic Stuart, who manages to have a couple of tricks up his sleeve (such as the safety inspector covertly passing a note to the reporter).

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  • Title: Superman: The Animated Series – Solar Power
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Superman: The Animated Series - Solar Power television review

Today’s Throwback Thursday takes us back to the animated streets of Metropolis and a hero who can leap tall buildings in a single bound. “Solar Power” opens with a prison break as Edward Lytener (Robert Hays) escapes Stryker’s Prison with new tech and a new plan to take down Superman (Tim Daly). Now calling himself Luminus, Lytener uses satellites around Metropolis to filter the sun’s rays making the sun appear red. Part of the genius of the plan is that the villain instigates it during a period of stormy weather with dark gray skies leading to Superman unknowingly slowly weakening without the yellow sun’s rays to replenishing him. Once the clouds part, it becomes obvious what the villain has done.

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Superman #25

by Alan Rapp on September 15, 2020

in Comics

Superman #25 comic reviewSince his arrival at DC Comics, writer Brian Michael Bendis has offered up several intriguing stories. Unfortunately, the over-sized Superman #25 isn’t one of them. Despite the extra pages (and increased price), the comic feels incomplete.

What Superman #25 does offer is two storylines, neither of which is resolved. The first involves an alien race, planet, and character all known as Synmar who have apparently been watching over the universe in their own way for millennia. They witness the destruction of Krypton and recognize the possible threat of a sole survivor on Earth and keep vigilance. However, after seeing what he becomes they decide to make their own Superman.

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LEGO DC: SHAZAM! – Magic & Monsters

by Alan Rapp on August 19, 2020

in Home Video

  • Title: LEGO DC: SHAZAM! – Magic & Monsters
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LEGO DC: SHAZAM! - Magic & Monsters Blu-ray reviewBilly Batson (Zach Callison) was previously introduced as a supporting character in LEGO DC: Batman – Family Matters. LEGO DC: SHAZAM! – Magic & Monsters introduces us to his super-hero alter-ego complete with origin story, some classic villains, and a lesson for kids about trust.

There are three separate plots in LEGO DC: SHAZAM! – Magic & Monsters. The straight-to-video allows for the origins of the hero formerly known as Captain Marvel to be explored along with his introduction to the Justice League. There’s also a plot by Mr. Mind (Greg Ellis) who, with the help of Dr. Sivana (Dee Bradley Baker), transforms the Justice League into kids where they will be more susceptible to his mind control and retrieve the food he needs for his transformation. And last, but not least, is the appearance of Black Adam (Imari Williams), the Wizard’s former warrior, who breaks out of the Rock of Eternity and attacks the Wizard and his new champion.

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Superman: Red Son

by Alan Rapp on July 9, 2020

in Home Video

  • Title: Superman: Red Son
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Superman: Red Son Blu-ray reviewBased on the comic mini-series of the same name, Superman: Red Son re-imagines a world where Superman‘s (Jason Isaacs) rocket crashed in the Soviet Union rather than Kansas. As with Mark Millar‘s comic, the film’s greatest strength is the set-up and the juxtaposition of seeing Superman grow up under a Communist regime rather than learning to fight for truth, justice, and the American way.

The script by J.M. DeMatteis makes changes from the original comic which are most evident in in the character of our protagonist who is far darker than as presented in the comic. DeMatteis certainly take’s the nurture over nature view as this Superman has far less respect for life than any we know (with the exception of Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel). A common conceit is that Lex Luthor (Diedrich Bader) would have been a great hero if not for Superman. While still a flawed human being, the version of Lex is certainly less gray than even the Red Son mini-series portrayed.

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