Superman

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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Superman – The Mechanical Monsters

by Alan Rapp on July 7, 2020

in Short Films

  • Title: Supeman – The Mechanical Monsters
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Superman - The Mechanical Monsters review

Throwback Tuesday takes a look back to one of the earliest appearance of the Man of Tomorrow on film in another of the Fleischer Studios’ Superman cartoons. “The Mechanical Monsters” offers us a nameless mad scientist using a army of robots to steal from Metropolis. The cartoon relies on one of the oldest Superman tropes of Lois Lane getting in over her head while investigating a story and needing Superman to swoop in for the rescue (although Lois does get the story). As with “The Mad Scientist,” the cartoon is most notable for its style while relying on mostly-silent storytelling (which includes the head-scratcher of Superman somehow finding the captured Lois after loosing the robot at one point). The cartoon also features the first animated sequence of Clark Kent slipping into a phone booth and emerging as Superman.

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  • Title: Adventures of Superman – Superman on Earth
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Adventures of Superman - Superman on Earth television review

Throwback Thursday takes us back to Metropolis and the adventures of a mild-mannered reporter for a great metrolopolitan newspaper who was faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. The first episode of the 1950s Adventures of Superman offers an origin story for Superman (George Reeves), with much of the episode dealing with Krypton’s final days where Jor-El (Robert Rockwell) is ridiculed for his predictions about the oncoming disaster (plot pulled directly from the comics) and sends his son to Earth where he is found and raised by the Kents (Tom Fadden and Frances Morris). Though goofy, the sequences are still relevant today. If you pinned “Make America Great Again” on the Kryptonians you might think you were watching Trump supporters ignore science at the cost of their own lives.

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