A new hardcover book, ACTION COMICS #1000: 80 YEARS OF SUPERMAN, is being published by DC Entertainment as part of its celebration of the one-thousandth issue of ACTION COMICS—the longest continually published comic book of its kind in history, the series that introduced Superman to the world and the title that launched the superhero genre. The collection features a series of essays and iconic Superman stories edited by former DC Publisher Paul Levitz. Most notably, the book includes a never before published 12-page story from original Superman writer Jerry Siegel with art by the Joe Shuster Studio titled “Too Many Heroes.” Continue reading Action Comics 1000 to feature Lost Siegel and Shuster Superman Story!→
They are polar opposites – Batman, The Dark Knight/scare-the-crap-out-the-bad-guys night time avenger and Superman, The Big Blue Boy Scout representing truth, justice and the American way.
Somehow these two have become the best of friends – and Adult Swim’s Robot Chicken is going to explore what happens when this legendary bromance gets competitive. Adam West and Burt Ward join the voice cast for this extra-special/looney episode, Robot Chicken DC Comics Special III: Friendship Is Magic.
This will the third time Robot Chicken has taken aim at the DC universe and it’s coming to a TV screen near you, this fall – along the show’s eighth season. Follow the jump for details.
I’m really sick to death of the dark and gritty superhero. Christopher Nolan’s Batman films were a huge success because Batman is a dark and gritty character. Just because it works for him doesn’t mean every hero has to be grim. Spider-Man, Superman, etc, these are characters that are about hope, overcoming obstacles, not sullen and living in shadows – ok, maybe not Spider-Man but he certainly isn’t dark and grim. The whole reason Superman doesn’t wear a mask is he wants people to be able to trust him.
When Smallville premiered ten years ago, the series creators, Alfred Gough and Miles Millar promised two things: no flights and no tights. From the series beginning, the intention was to end the series with Clark Kent becoming Superman. On May 13, 2001, Smallville closes its ten-year run with a two-hour finale.
Some thoughts from the press release for the finale follow the jump.
A relative unknown, British actor Henry Cavill [The Tudors, Stardust], has been cast to play Superman/Clark Kent in Zack Snyder’s upcoming take on the archetypal Big Blue Boy Scout of superheroes.
Snyder is quoted as saying, ‘In the pantheon of superheroes, Superman is the most recognized and revered character of all time, and I am honored to be a part of his return to the big screen.’ He also noted that Mr. Cavill was ‘the perfect choice to don the cape and S shield.’
Warner Brothers has scheduled the Snyder Superman movie for a December, 2012 release. The screenplay was written by David S. Goyer [Batman Begins], based on a story by Goyer and Christopher Nolan [Inception]
Here’s the good news for fans and viewers of the CW Network’s men of action. If you love Smallville starring Tom Welling as Clark Kent and Justin Hartley as Oliver Queen/The Green Arrow and Supernatural starring Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles as Sam and Dean Winchester, you don’t have to chose which one to watch. The two hit CW action series air back to back on Friday nights beginning at 8PM EST with Smallville and moving on into 9PM EST with Supernatural.
Here’s the bad news. Only one of them can possibly win the spot on the December 13th cover of TV Guide Magazine and they can only do it if you vote for them. Ah the dilemma of choosing between the Man of Steel and the Green Arrow or the monster hunting, demon fighting brothers Winchester (with the Angel Castiel thrown in for good measure).
Well, there is a little bit more good news. Both Smallville and Supernatural have been nominated due to their incredible fan bases and both need you to vote now to help one of them win the December 13th cover! You can vote as often as you like. so please take the time to vote now at the TV Guide cover poll.
After months of not hearing any news on the next Superman movie, finally something has surfaced. We already know that David Goyer is writing the script, Chris Nolan is over seeing the project, and the film will be called “Man Of Steel”. It was announced five days ago by deadline.com that Chris Nolan and Emma Thomas “have begun meeting with a short list of directors for the job of directing Superman, the picture which will be financed by Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures. On the list: Unstoppable‘s Tony Scott, Let Me In director Matt Reeves, Battle: Los Angeles helmer Jonathan Liebesman (who just got the Warner Bros/Legendary job of directing Clash of the Titans 2), Duncan Jones, who just directed Source Code, and Sucker Punch helmer Zack Snyder.”
Deadline.com also states that “Several of these directors have movie commitments like Liebesman, which make then unlikely. Nolan has already started meeting with candidates and will submit his choice to the studio within the next few weeks. Warner Bros and Legendary have to get the picture made by 2012, because the studio stands to lose certain rights to the iconic character in 2013 after a judge ruled favorably on behalf of the heirs of Superman creator Jerry Siegel”
I’m personally anxious to hear more news on this movie and hopefully production will begin in mid 2011 but only time will tell. I’m sure some of you are wondering if Brandon Routh will be making a return. I personally doubt it and believe that Christopher Nolan has different plans. Who ever will wear the famous blue tights, I’m sure they’ll do a good job as the next man of steel!
There’s a new reporter at the Daily Planet: Clark Kent (Tom Welling), who shares a workspace with Lois Lane(Erica Durance). There’s a new hero in Metropolis, too. No one knows who he is. But Jimmy Olsen (Aaron Ashmore) was on the scene of one of the do-gooder’s exploits, and he snapped a blurred photo of the hero in superspeed action: a hero everyone now calls the Red-Blue Blur. All of this pushes the red-jacketed, blue-shirted Clark Kent closer to his Superman destiny in the exciting 22-episode, 6-disc Season 8 of Smallville.
Fans who found season 8 of Smallville to be one of the better ones yet, attributed the better story writing to a lower filming budget, believing that when the series had the big budget, all the writers and producers could think about was how to make cool stuff happen that had no real point behind it. Many viewers felt that the writers in season 8 of Smallville were forced to come up with more complex storylines for the characters instead of substituting whiz, bang special effects. That while it was one of the ‘darkest’ seasons yet of Smallville, it was also more fun
Be that the true reason or not, there were many good character driven stories in season 8 of this long running hit CW series. Character arcs that included Chloe Sullivan (Allison Mack) taking the marriage plunge with the man fans/viewers had come to know as Jimmy Olsen and the revelation that Davis Bloome (Sam Witwer) is the Kryptonian known as Doomsday whose mission is to kill Clark Kent aka Ka-El of Krypton. Yet two other key events along the way were very polarizing among the fans and sparked the most debate: the return of Lana Lang (Kristin Kreuk) and the death of the man who turned out to not really be THE Jimmy Olsen of the Superman comic book lore, but rather his older brother Henry James Olsen.
Fans and viewers had mixed feelings about the revelation that the Jimmy Olsen introduced in season 6 wasn’t the real deal. Viewers who had fully accepted that this was Jimmy Olsen even though the writers/creators of Smallville were going against the established mytharc of the Superman story were then disconcerted to have the rug pulled out from under the them in a matter of mere moments. Other fans were delighted to find out that the story would return to it’s home base and Jimmy Olsen would become the much younger character he is originally intended to be.
Love it or hate it, the Jimmy Olsen twist and turns is just one of the reasons why Smallville season 8 is something to put on your DVD ‘must watch list’. Another good reason is the return of Lana Lang.
The complete 8th season of Smallville is now available on DVD and Blu_ray. The 22 episode, 6 disc set is nicely packaged in a solid plastic casing that protects the DVDS but makes it much easier to remove them for viewing. The set includes special features such as extended/deleted scenes and commentaries on two key episodes and a behind the scenes special Smallville’s Doomsday: The Making of a Monster.
And after you are all caught on the exciting events of Smallville season 8, tune into the CW Network beginning on September 25th as Clark Kent takes to the airwaves in season 9 airing in it’s new Friday night time slot at 8PM EST.
Check out this fun sneak peek at what’s in store for Smallville fans and viewers!