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The “Choosy” Perspective – 4 Things We Know About Henry Cavill’s Superman



Posted by Derek


Early this morning, Warner Bros. released the first official promotional photo of Henry Cavill as
Superman in 2013’s Zack Snyder reboot, “The Man of Steel”.

This image has raised a lot of questions on the Internet today: a lot of fawning from the ladies, a lot of complaining from fanboys, and a ton of bashing from Smallville fans. But the image does give us the first insight into a new
franchise, and with that we are able to discern some things we have speculated on, and some new ideas to contemplate for the next two years.

1.) The first place you have to start with this breakdown is the suit.


Blink too quickly and you’ll think you’re seeing Aquaman’s suit with Thor’s cape. Ultimately it’s a bold
choice to go with such a dramatic suit adaptation that features one of the longest Superman capes in history, a larger \S/ on the front, and…no red undies? If they were truly going to make this look more
like DCnU then why did we go more Kryptonian Formal Wear than Battle Suit like the comics will soon suggest?


The boots and belt sure don’t line up –
nor does the material of the suit. It’s very water-tight-ish – very


Oh. I see what you did there, Mr. Snyder. True to form, Zack Snyder’s look and feel carries over in his
films. The new Superman outfit looks very Watchmen-ish in its nature. It doesn’t hurt that the promo looks like Supes has been thrown against a wall and is getting up to retaliate in a fast to slow motion
battle royale. Ultimately, I like the suit – I think there are some odd choices but we’re seeing it in a low light setting at an odd angle. I want to see what that suit can do. Shine some yellow sun on
it and let’s see how it really looks (that cape is going to look amazing in flight, by the way.) I say again, it looks like Kryptonian formal wear – not something Martha Kent stitched together for her baby
boy. If Zod’s suit is similar in the film, that will make it all the better.

2.) A form fitting \S/?


I can tell you right now, this is going
to be a hard \S/ to sell. And this is coming from someone who loved
the Routh/Returns emblem. The S itself is VERY classic in nature:

oldsCompare the curvatures and you will see what I’m talking about – however if you offer that up as a
standalone option on promotional materials like posters and kids toys…it’s going to look a bit wonky. I do like going back to the larger size for its proportion but when you have posters and logos that only show the shield, this one is going to look weird for one reason and one reason alone: it’s form fitted. It works based around a chest and not a stand alone flat design – so when Cavill is wearing it, it’s going to probably look awesome. When shown as a teaser poster
or on kid’s band-aids, it might fall a bit flat. But we’ll reserve judgement on that until we see some more hi-res imaging of the shield itself.

3.) One of the biggest gripes I’ve seen: the hair.

I’ll sum this one up fast. It’s a promotional image. They haven’t started filming. That is not
necessarily how Cavill will look when the cameras start rolling. It does beg the question, if that’s Kal-El’s look, what is Clark’s? I don’t need a spit-curl, but I’m also not one of the ones complaining
with the style. Right now, if I were you, I’d be far more concerned about the fact that it looks like Cavill has no eyebrows in the picture than how he’s got his hair styled. One thing is for certain,
this is going to be a very different Superman but I think Cavill has got the chops and the jawline to pull it off. I’ve never been disappointed in an actor who has played the part (I love Reeve,
Welling, and Routh as well as the older guys) so I’ve got faith in the casting that Nolan and crew have collected, as well as their choices for Lois, Martha/Jonathan, Zod, and most recently Lawrence Fishburne
as Perry White (which I think is an inspired choice) – but it leaves one glaring thought…

4.) In a world of promotional materials and press releases with cast listings…are we Lex-less?

Not a single thing has been said about Lex Luthor for this film (my number one choice still being Michael C. Hall) – no casting, no story involving him, no nothing. Is it possible we won’t have a Lex presence this go-around? Any more than maybe a LexCorp mention or a quick cameo/reference? It’s possible. Though we just got our Perry White a few days ago, and still no word on Jimmy Olsen, so we may be in for an impending treat on that front.
Ultimately the other players have been set (I was expecting an announcement that Law and Order’s Chris Meloni would be portraying Sam Lane, but it doesn’t look like that’s the case) so we’re still in detail land as far as all this goes.

These are just things to ponder that
the image has brought forth. With two years to go, so much more is
left to uncover.

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love a Movie That Bombed – Superman IV: The Quest For Peace



Posted by Steve

superman4.jpgThe year was 1987.  I was ten years old and was super excited that a new Superman movie was on the horizon.  I had worn out our copies of  SUPERMAN THE MOVIE and SUPERMAN II that we recorded from the ABC Sunday night movie.   I had gone with some friends of our family to see SUPERMAN III and now we got a new a Superman movie?

In my book, Superman movies were just below Star Wars in my little guy geek spectrum.   So it was that my dad took me to see what would be Christopher Reeve’s final portrayal of The Man of Steel.

Even as a chunky ten year old kid I knew something was off about this movie.  There was too much humor.  Superman always looked just the same when he came flying onto the screen.  By “looked the same,” I mean that it appeared that someone had cut out a picture of Superman flying and pasted it onto the film.  (Apparently that’s exactly what they did.)

In the years that followed, whenever I talked to friends or fans about SUPERMAN IV, it was always the same thing.  “That’s the worst Superman movie EVER!”  “They should have stopped with three.” “It’s sooo bad.”

The problem is I could never not watch it.  If it happened to be on TV, or if it was in a video store to rent, I loved to watch it.  When I finally got the first set of Superman movie DVDs that were released back in 2001 I would often come home on a Sunday afternoon, pop in SUPERMAN IV and watch it again and again.

For a few years, this was something I would never admit to my geekier friends except jokingly.  Why?  Because everywhere I turned, whenever Superman IV was mentioned, it was mentioned in groans and moans.

I refuse to accept that SUPERMAN IV is a movie with NO redeeming qualities, and I refuse to believe that it’s simple childhood memories that fuel my love for SUPERMAN IV.  In fact, I maintain that were it not for the poor special effects, SUPERMAN IV may not be held in such disdain.


From The Desk of The Superclerk – World’s Finest #1 Reviewed



Posted by Steve

DC is going back to the well of one of it’s more successful titles from years gone by.  World’s Finest used to tell the tales of Superman and Batman as they went on great adventures as the best of friends.  As the Silver Age came and went and we were ushered into a Post Crisis world of a darker Batman and a more down-to-earth Superman, World’s Finest was a mini-series that explored the Man of Steel and the Caped Crusader working together to thwart the plans of The Joker and Lex Luthor in 1990.   Later, Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuiness would team up to bring us the exploits of the Dark Knight and Krypton’s Last Son in a book titled simply Superman/Batman.   Well, DC has gone to the well again…this time with a twist.   Superclerk brings us up to speed on DC’s latest foray into the world of the World’s Finest.  Read on to see what he says.


My Top Ten Favorite Super Villains – Number 6 – Bizarro



Posted by Steve

bizzaro1.jpgThere’s something about a hero’s twisted duplicate that makes that villain intriguing. For one thing, the reader gets to see the darkest side of our hero through the doppelganger. Added to that, the power set of the villain will give our hero pause as he struggles to find a way to basically defeat himself.  The character of Bizarro was the first and to this day, in my opinion, the best doppelganger super villain.  Bizarro takes all of the elements of the “negative” version of the super hero and adds a touch of sympathetic character.  His “backwards speech,” while annoying and sometimes confusing, is also endearing at the same time adding a certain innocence that belies the danger of the creature.  The idea that this one time clone of the Man of Steel actually has an in-continuity planet out there somewhere populated with other Bizarro characters opens the doors for countless possibilities to complicate the life the World’s greatest super hero.

Bizarro was first introduced way back in a Superboy comic when Superboy was exposed to a duplication ray.  The result was an imperfect duplicate of the Boy of Steel.  Since then, Bizarro has been the number 1 member of the Bizarro World Thrae,  a clone created by Lex Luthor, and the machinations of a Joker/Mkyzptlk team up.   He’s been a comedic character, a dark and sinister foil for Superman, and a tragic figure in the Superman mythos.  In every incarnation, he has presented multiple problems for Supes though.

bizarro.jpgBizarro is a great villain to me because of how sympathetic the character is. Bizarro is a villain that often doesn’t mean to be as menacing and destructive as he actually is. As an imperfect duplicate of Superman, he shares with Superman his desire to be a hero, his desire for acceptance, and his desire for love.  Often, the latter causes Bizarro to set his sights on Superman’s love, Lois Lane.  Never inteding to hurt Lois, Bizarro gets himself in trouble by forcing himself on her and expecting her love.  Of course, Superman won’t (and quite honestly can’t be expected) to tolerate this, so Bizarro will find himself having what he considers love to be taken from him.  His desire to be a hero can be humorous as it is scary.  In his mind, he is doing the right thing even when people are being hurt and dying.  He’s bascially the special needs Super Villain.  I don’t say that to be funny, rather to shed light on what makes Bizarro so sympathetic.  The last time we saw Bizarro, his desire for a relationship with his father caused him to kidnap Jonathan Kent and take him to a world that Bizarro basically created…a Bizarro World.  While this action had to be rectified and Superman had to go save his father, there is a touch of sadness to the idea that Bizarro longs for the same relationship that Superman was able to have with his father.  Both of them.   It is an interesting quandry for Superman because not only does he often have to trade blows with his imperfect duplicate, he also often has to find a way to teach Bizarro why he can’t continue the behavior.  While Superman has to defeat him, he also doesn’t harbor ill will toward him.

Bizarro.jpgWith the imperfect duplicate of Superman comes a power set rivaling that of Krypton’s Last Son.   The key to remember is Bizarro isn’t the OPPOSITE of Superman, rather he is, as has been stated, and IMPERFECT DUPLICATE.  Ideally, Bizarro would have the exact same powers, weaknesses and intelligence.  With the imperfections comes a few differences in the power set.  While Superman has heat vision, Bizarro has freeze vision.  Superman’s cold breath is imperfectly mirrored in Bizarro’s heat breath.  The Man of Steel can’t see through lead, but Bizarro’s x-ray vision can only penetrate plumbum (Latin for lead).  Bizarro does possess the ability to fly, invulnerability, and super speed.  His super strength is often portrayed as being greater than Kal-El’s.  In the recent “Escape From Bizarro Worl” storyline, it was revealed that under a blue sun, Bizarro has the power of Bizarro vision which allows him to create other Bizarro beings.  It was in this way he populated the new Bizarro world.

Because of these similarities and differences in powers, a battle between Superman and his dark reflection is always a fun read complete with great action and Superman actually getting to do something fans enjoy seeing him do…punch someone.  The one advantage Superman may have on Bizarro is his weakness to blue kryptonite which doesn’t affect Superman at all.   The problem?  Blue kryptonite is more rare than the green stuff that hurts and kills Superman.  So often that particuliar plot device can’t be used to save our hero’s skin.

Bizarro’s biggest weakness as a readable villain is probably his “backward” speech.  Hello means good bye, good bye means hello, if Bizarro says he wants to save someone, it usually means he wants to kill someone, and on and on it goes.  The problem is there are apparently no set rules for the way Bizarro talks so from one writer to the next he may be completely coherent or completely confusing.  However, when done right, the Bizarro talk can be funny and a bit endearing.  Yes, I used the word endearing.  It really helps the reader realize that this guy isn’t just not all there, but there is something seriously mentally wrong with the guy in a (as I said before) special needs kind of way.

While Bizarro isn’t as menacing as he was on Superfriends (yes, he was meant to be menacing and batantly evil), as twisted as he has been portrayed on Superfriends, or as loveable as he was portrayd on Superman the animated series, he remains one of the more interesting villains in the rogues gallery of Superman and is worthy of a slot on anyone’s top ten list.