Superman Begins: Man of Steel – Unrepentant Geeking

Shaun is back with the start of a three-part Patreon requested review of the various beginnings of the Post-Crisis Superman!

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  1. For the “The Man of Steel” comic book series I too was shocked by how Lex Luthor was drawn.

    Now for me Lex Luthor must be bald.

    A bald Lex Luthor is how Luthor is portrayed in the movie “Superman Returns”.

    In the animated series “Justice League Unlimited” Lex Luthor is bald.

    For me having a read haired Lex Luthor is a tad askew.

  2. I’ll take the out there creativity of the Silver Age to the absolute lazy overwrought decompressionist crap you have today. Everything is for shock value and the almighty trade paperback

  3. You mention that Year One feels like the first half of a larger story? You’re kind of right. Miller’s other half was The Dark Knight Returns. Why that’s so bad is, and I don’t think anyone could have known it at the time, but classic Frank is pretty much the only Batman that non mega-fans read. As their own things? Year One and The Dark Knight Returns are two darn good stories. As templates (and, to be clear, they are kind of the templates now) for adaptations? Nope! You only understand three (Batman, Joker, Two-Face) of the main costumed crowd (his Catwoman was a big miss) and (in TDKR, at least) Carrie Kelly is the lamest Robin ever. A Serious House on Serious Earth is slightly better (five villains, including a horrifying version of Maxie freaking Zeus), but still not a good choice.

    • But my idea of an ideal template (especially for tone (dark, but not self-consciously gritty) and budget ($50-70 million (think of the budgets of Blackhat, Ted 2, Spy, Focus, Everest, The Hateful Eight, The Maze Runner 2, The Ridiculous Six, Goosebumps, Paddington, Black Mass and realize that, yeah, Batman movies should be closer to that scale. Why aren’t they?), not “yes, we see absolutely nothing wrong with a world where a solo BATMAN movie costs $5 million more than the following year’s solo Superman movie” (The Dark Knight Rises: $230 million. Man of Steel: $225 million. Even if you like both of those movies, shouldn’t the small gap between them set off some warning bells? Batman is a city patrolling McNinja, Superman is a planet moving god, but you wouldn’t exactly be able to tell comparing their budgets.) would be the OTHER Year One books. Batgirl: Year One and Robin: Year One, so my kind of Batman adaptation is probably decades away, even though it shouldn’t be.

  4. I believe that DC didn’t want young Clark as Superboy because of the lawsuit from Siegel and Shuster. So any pitch that included Superboy was likely rejected or modified. (This is why Clark is called “Young Superman” in the “Legion of Superheroes” animated series.

    Also, I remember reading that Byrne intended Clark’s visits to the Kents to be his version of the “Fortress of Solitude,” which I thought was nice.

    • It’s nice, and it makes sense. If Superman is, at his best, a warm paternal figure for the young audience, the Kents are grandparent figures. You didn’t see them in earlier stories because 30s-40s kids mostly didn’t have grandparents, so a modernization keeping both alive while he’s Superman makes sense. One thing that definitely shouldn’t happen with either of them, though, is to be used like The Waynes. (Ahem.)

  5. I never thought of spoilers as including the experience of something. That’s an interesting concept.

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