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REVIEW: ‘Superman,’ Issue #7

Reading Time: 3 minutes

Superman #7 Unity Saga: House of El Part 1 is published by DC Comics, written by Brian Micheal Bendis, art by Ivan Reiss, Brandon Peterson, and Jason Fabok, inks by Oclair Albert, colors by Alex Sinclair, with letters by Josh Reed and Carlos M. Mangual. The story points to a hard struggle ahead for the Man of Steel, even as he is reunited with his son, as a lot of history begins to unfold.

The very first image we see within the book is the kind of warm/awkward embrace that generally results from parents welcoming their kids home. It is a nice human moment. I always love grounding the power and scale that Superman is known for with panels like this. Upon being further reunited with Lois, Superboy starts catching his parents up on the surprisingly long journey he’s been on, despite only been away for a few weeks.

Learning about the early adventures in space with Superboy, his grandfather, and Lois, was an interesting read. Seeing Lois in a version of the Superman suit was an unexpected treat. Being reminded of just how far Superman’s legend stretches beyond just earth is shown in a strong and emotional way. It is a great way to remind readers how much weight follows the “S” wherever it goes. By the end of the tale Lois has returned to earth feeling that her son is in good hands and there isn’t much need of her there. But clearly something has gone wrong and what that is the lure to keep the reader coming back.

Bendis writes a very fluid issue, that manages to keep a natural feel to the characters, despite the small time jumps making it easy to come off as a little broken narrative. However, when I saw the title page and read that there were three different artists on this book I was concerned that the look of the story would come off disjointed, as often happens when art styles switch mid-issue, but I was pleasantly surprised to not be pulled out of the story by any changing art styles. It compliments each other nicely and I didn’t even notice significant differences which allowed me to just take in the information that poured off the page.

The art also provided a solid assortment of character designs with the various aliens seen in this issue. Nothing truly unique, but a good variety of colors and designs make the settings feel vibrant and entertaining. While all the elements of the book come together well, it is the beginning of a setup for the ongoing arch, as such it is slower than I would’ve like, with presumably more setup to come next month. This feels necessary but would be better if there had been some way to accomplish this while breaking up all the background information that is given to the reader.

Ultimately though this setup issue doesn’t do anything too exciting but it is a good launch point for the story going forward that leaves a hook that has me hoping for an exciting story that could both challenge the House of El, as well as deliver a solid emotional pay off if Bendis and crew can deliver on the story they have laid the groundwork for.

Rating: 3.5/5 symbols of hope


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From: https://butwhythopodcast.com/2019/01/16/review-superman-issue-7/

Blizzard Had to Convince DC That Superman Kicks People

There’s no such thing as asking too many questions when you’re adapting popular superhero characters. One wrong read of a character’s mythology and you’ll suddenly find yourself dealing with an army of surprisingly irate fans. Still, when developing the SNES fighting game Justice League Task Force, Blizzard found themselves trying to answer the rather bizarre question: “Can Superman kick?”

In an interview with IGN, Blizzard co-founder Allen Adham remembers having to submit their design decisions to DC in order to make sure they were true to the comic characters and universes. In the process, they found themselves in a rather awkward position when DC informed the developers that Superman isn’t really someone who would kick anybody

“How do you make a fighting game where all of the characters can kick except for one?” asked Adham. In an effort to get around this rather awkward design problem, the team got their hands on as many Superman comics as they could in order to find an instance of Superman kicking that they could use as leverage. They didn’t find any panels featuring a full kick, but they did notice something relatively close. 

“There’s a panel in the Death and Return of Superman where Doomsday and Superman are fighting, and he knees Doomsday,” said Adham. “We then pointed at that specific comic, [that] page, and we said ‘Superman does kick. Or, at least he knees. Can he knee?’”

The team got the go-ahead to put a knee attack in the game, but the process of having to get permission to design the simplest of fighting game features was one of the reasons why Blizzard decided to stop developing adaptations

“From that point forward, we knew that we would always want to create our own IPs,” said Adham. “The joy of making games goes hand-in-hand with creating worlds and creating characters.”

Matthew Byrd is a staff writer for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days trying to pitch deep-dive analytical pieces about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an increasingly perturbed series of editors. You can read more of his work here or find him on Twitter at @SilverTuna014

From: https://www.denofgeek.com/us/games/blizzard/278606/blizzard-convince-dc-superman-kicks-people

DC Comics set to release comic about the ‘Second Coming’ of Christ

The controversial new comic series will be released in March.

DC Comics, the company that boasts Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman among its lineup, is getting set to release a new comic series, Second Coming, in which Jesus of Nazareth will be one of two main characters. DC has the plot summary on their website:

Witness the return of Jesus Christ, as He is sent on a most holy mission by God to learn what it takes to be the true messiah of mankind by becoming roommates with the world’s favorite savior: the all-powerful super hero Sun-Man, the Last Son of Krispex! But when Christ returns to Earth, he’s shocked to discover what has become of his gospel—and now, he aims to set the record straight.

The plot seems to be written without informed Christian perspective on our Lord and Savior. In an interview with Bleeding Cool, author Mark Russell goes into the details,

“An all-powerful superhero, named Sun-Man, has to share a two bedroom apartment with Jesus Christ. The conceit is that God was so upset with Jesus’s performance the first time he came to Earth, since he was arrested so soon and crucified shortly after, that he has kept him locked-up since then.”

Russell goes on to add that God wants Jesus to be more like Sun-Man.

“God then sees this superhero on Earth a few thousand years later and says ‘that’s what I wanted for you!’ He sends Jesus down to learn from this superhero and they end up learning from each other. They learn the limitations of each other’s approach to the world and its problems.”

While Russell does not mention how exactly Jesus will be helping in a super-hero capacity, he did say that Christ would bring “empathy, understanding, and generosity” to those in the comic. In real life, however, his portrayal is bound to bring public outcry from the Christian communities.


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In the comic, Jesus will be outraged by modern Christians and what has been done in his name, Russell said, “[Second Coming] is about Jesus coming down and being appalled by what he sees has been done in his name by Christianity in the last two thousand years.”

Within this theologically incoherent narrative, Jesus will not have any Godly powers, he will not be omniscient and, while God plays the role of disappointed father to the failed Christ, there appears to be no Trinitarian aspect mentioned.

The series is set for six issues and will begin in March. There is currently no word on whether the company, which has struggled with its cinematic offerings, will be attempting a film version of this story in the future. Also no word on whether comics featuring other religious figures will be forthcoming at any time.

From: https://aleteia.org/2019/01/14/dc-comics-set-to-release-comic-about-the-second-coming-of-christ/

FACT CHECK: Is DC Comics Publishing a Series Depicting Jesus Christ?

In January 2019 readers contacted us looking for confirmation that DC Comics will feature the biblical figure Jesus Christ in a different light.

The series Second Coming, written by author Mark Russell with art by Richard Pace, does indeed exist. But while DC is publishing it, the book will be a part of their Vertigo line, which is geared toward more mature readers. The first issue will be released on 6 March 2019.

The series’ official synopsis describes it as a work in which “God sends Jesus to Earth in hopes that he will learn the family trade from Sun-Man, an all-powerful Super Hero, who is like the varsity quarterback son God never had. But, upon his return to Earth, Christ is appalled to discover what has become of his Gospel and vows to set the record right.”

As is the case with most Vertigo titles, the book will not show Jesus interacting with mainstream superheroes such as Superman or Batman. Instead, Russell said in an interview published in August 2018, Jesus will find himself rooming with Sun-Man:

The conceit is that God was so upset with Jesus’ performance the first time he came to Earth, since he was arrested so soon and crucified shortly after, that he has kept him locked-up since then.

God then sees this superhero on Earth a few thousand years later and says “that’s what I wanted for you!” He sends Jesus down to learn from this superhero and they end up learning from each other. They learn the limitations of each other’s approach to the world and its problems.

Russell, whose prior works Apocraphya Now and God is Disappointed in You also dealt with biblical subject matter, said that because his version of Jesus is being released from imprisonment, he has no idea how his teachings have been interpreted on Earth.

“They have him more as mascot on t-shirts to prove they’re on the winning team,” he said. “[Second Coming] is about Jesus coming down and being appalled by what he sees has been done in his name by Christianity in the last two thousand years.”

The pop culture site Bleeding Cool, which published the interview with Russell, also reported on 9 January 2019 that his series had begun getting attention from religiously oriented and conservative news outlets including the Christian Broadcasting Network (which called Russell’s take on the Jesus character “closer to blasphemous than biblical”) and Fox News, among others, attributing the spread of the story to an op-ed published on the comic books news site Comic Book Resources earlier that month.

Bleeding Cool also noted that in 1989, DC Comics refused to publish an issue of the Vertigo title Swamp Thing that would have depicted a meeting between Jesus and the titular character. Between 1995 and 2000, Vertigo published the series Preacher, a comic that dealt with a human preacher, Jesse Custer, on a self-appointed mission to find God (depicted as a glowing human figure) and hold Him accountable for escaping from Heaven. The series has since been adapted for television.

DC Comics did not comment on the online criticism concerning the release of Second Coming.

From: https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/dc-comics-jesus-christ/

‘Superman: Red Son’ Movie Reportedly in the Works

Some of the most popular stories from the history of DC Comics have been turned into animated feature films, and now it looks like Mark Millar’s beloved Superman Elseworlds tale is joining the ranks.

According to a report from Revenge of the Fans, Warner Bros. Animation is moving forward with a Superman: Red Son movie.

The original comic series, which was released back in 2003, told the story of an alternate universe in which Superman landed in the Soviet Union instead of Kansas. This brought the ideals of “nature vs. nurture” to the forefront, and explored how being raised in 1950s Russia would have affected Superman’s rise to power, and whether or not he would have held the same values.

In addition to breaking the news about the potential new project, Revenge of the Fans also shared the film’s supposed cast list. None of these voice actors are assigned a role, but the list is filled with familiar names to fans of the DC Animated Universe.

The cast includes Amy Acker, Anna Vocino, Diedrich Bader, Greg Chun, Jim Ward, Jason Isaacs, Jason Spisak, Jim Meskimen, Paul Williams, Phil Lamarr, Phil Morris, Roger Craig Smith, Sasha Roiz, Tara Strong, Travis Willingham, Vanessa Marshall, William Salyers, and Winter Zoli.

There has yet to be any news as to who could voice Superman, but Travis Willingham would make the most sense, considering he’s provided the voice of the character on several occasions. Deidrich Bader has voiced Batman multiple times in the past, and the Caped Crusader is a character that appears in Red Son, so that casting is a possibility as well.


While DC has yet to confirm this new film, Bader went a long way towards doing just that this week. Not long after the initial report went live on Twitter, the actor quoted the tweet with the phrase “Excited to be a part of this!” The tweet has since been deleted.

Are you excited for a potential Superman: Red Son movie? When do you think it could arrive? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

From: https://comicbook.com/dc/2019/01/08/superman-red-son-dc-animated-movie/

New Comic Has Ben Affleck Easter Egg From Batman v Superman

Ben Affleck Batman SupermanComic books have inspired the marvelous golden age of comic book movies that we are now living in. Occasionally, things come full circle and the comic book movies will influence the comic books themselves. Well, now it looks as if Ben Affleck and his interpretation of Batman from Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice have influenced Tom King’s current run in the comics.

Eagle-eyed Reddit user JoshTHS spotted a small but interesting detail in Batman issue #62. If you look closely, it appears that Batman is utilizing the Batarangs typically sported by the Ben Affleck Batman in both Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League.

Take a look for yourself below:

Other: Today’s Batman Issue #62 had Batman using the Batfleck batarangs from the DCEU from DC_Cinematic

So what do you think? Is this the same iconic Batarang from films such as Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice? Or do you think that there are enough differences between the two that this could be considered its own thing? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

Directed by Zack Snyder, with post-production duties handled by Joss Whedon, Justice League stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Amber Heard, Jeremy Irons, J.K. Simmons, Willem Dafoe, Connie Nielsen, and Julian Lewis Jones.

Justice League is available now on Digital HD, 4K, Blu-Ray, and DVD. Here’s the film’s official synopsis:

Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for more updates on the DC Extended Universe.

Source: Reddit

‘Gotham’ Cast Photos Feature Bane, Plus Penguin Riddler In Iconic Costumes

Gotham DC Comics Fox Bane Penguin RiddlerFOX has released a new batch of Gotham cast photos featuring Batman villains The Riddler and Penguin donning their classic costumes, along with a new look at Shane West’s Bane.

The final season of FOX’s Batman prequel series subtitled Legend of the Dark Knight will serve as a conclusion to the series with David Mazouz completing his journey towards becoming Batman. In addition to Batman’s introduction, the final season is also set to introduce Shane West as the iconic Batman villain Bane as it continues the No Man’s Land storyline.

Robin Lord Taylor and Cory Michael Smith with also be featured in the iconic Penguin and Riddler costumes which you can get a look at in the gallery below!

Gotham DC Comics Fox

The Batman prequel series stars Ben McKenzie as Jim Gordon, Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock, David Mazouz as Bruce Wayne, Sean Pertwee as Alfred Pennyworth, Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot, Erin Richards as Barbara Kean, Camren Bicondova as Selina Kyle, Cory Michael Smith as Edward Nygma, Jessica Lucas as Tabitha Galavan, and Chris Chalk as Lucius Fox.

With Gotham on the brink of total anarchy and cut off from the outside world, only Jim Gordon, Bruce Wayne and a handful of heroes remain behind to retake the city. Inspired by the “No Man’s Land” arc from the comics, villains including Penguin, the Riddler, the Sirens and Jeremiah have taken claim on various regions of the city. Will order be restored, or will chaos reign in Gotham?

Gotham season 5 will premiere on January 3, 2019, on Fox. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on the final season of Gotham: Legend of the Dark Knight as we learn it.

Source: TV Line

From: https://heroichollywood.com/batman-ben-affleck-superman/

7 DC Comics to Borrow on ComiXology Unlimited Right Now

DC Comics and Vertigo Comics have finally become part of ComiXology Unlimited! The digital comics subscription service offers hundreds of titles to “borrow” for a monthly fee (with the first month free) from publishers big and small. DC was noticeably missing from the list of available titles for some time, but for no longer—Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman and more now join the ranks of this fantastic service.

If you’ve ever wanted to catch up on a backlog of comic book reading, ComiXology Unlimited is one of the best ways to do it on a budget. Here are seven titles we recommend catching up on that you can download right now.

All-Star Superman (Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely)

Destined to be a classic comic, All-Star Superman is a poignant 12-issue series that doesn’t look at Superman’s origin, but his end. It might take place outside of DC Comics continuity, but the story leaves an impression on anyone who’s a fan of the Man of Steel. The first four issues are available on ComiXology Unlimited.

Batman: Hush (Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee)

If the creative credits on this book aren’t enough to entice you immediately, this storyline features a number of classic Bat-villains, along with a brand new one who proves to be a worthy adversary for the Dark Knight. The story will be adapted into an animated film later this year, so catch up now.

Flashpoint (Geoff Johns and Andy Kubert)

Fans of The Flash television series will find this story familiar. By changing a pivotal moment in his past, Barry Allen creates an entirely new timeline in which his powers are gone, his teammates have changed, villains are now heroes, and heroes are villains. This storyline became the basis of the New 52, which merged the DC, Vertigo, and Wildstorm universes together as a result of Barry’s actions.

Batman: Death of the Family (Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo)

Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo took over Batman in 2011 and their tenure on the title is going to go down in comic book history as one of the greatest. Death of the Family introduces a Joker who is even more maniacal and horrifyingly unpredictable than you ever thought possible, and he has set his sights on those closest to Batman.

Super Sons Vol. 1 (Peter J. Tomasi, Alisson Borges, and Jorge Jimenez)

In current continuity, the sons of Batman and Superman have reluctantly formed a team to learn how to be heroes. Jonathan Kent, as Superboy, and Damian Wayne, as Robin, must put aside their clashing personalities and form a team if they ever want to fight crime alongside their fathers. Action-packed and lighthearted, Super Sons is a fantastic reminder of the joy of comics.

Batwoman (Greg Rucka, Jock, J.H. Williams III, and Scott Kolins)

This Detective Comics run of issues #854-863 is considered the origin of the modern take on Batwoman. Get to know Kate Kane before she debuts in her own series on The CW in this landmark story.

Justice League / Power Rangers (Tom Taylor, Stephen Byrne, and Eduardo Nunez)

It’s the crossover you never knew you wanted! When the Power Rangers are inadvertently thrown into the Justice League’s world, Superman, Batman, The Flash, and the others aren’t quite sure what to make of them. Together they’ll form an unbeatable team to save both their worlds.

And we didn’t even mention the Vertigo books now on Unlimited, like The Sandman, Watchmen, Hellblazer, and Fables! ComiXology Unlimited is $5.99 a month with a 30-day free trial for new members.

Images: DC Comics

From: https://nerdist.com/7-dc-comics-on-comixology-unlimited/

Elseworlds and alternate realities in comics

Comic book continuity at Marvel and DC is notoriously complicated, and if it wasn’t bad enough, both publishers have introduced the concept of alternate dimensions and realities, some of which no longer exist and some of which have been retconned many times over decades.

Marvel and DC have generally echoed each others’ major storylines for years now, and likewise, they have both released many “hypothetical tales” for their characters that occur outside of continuity entirely. It isn’t a format that is particularly friendly to new readers, but there is an element of charm to the sprawling complexity of superhero books. Part of the social aspect of comics revolves around rehashing or arguing timelines for many fans, and indeed many zines and podcasts thrive off of attempting to make sense of it all.

DC’s Continuity Crisis

In comics such as Superman’s Girlfriend Lois Lane and Superman Family, there would be “hypothetical tales” that would usually revolve around Lois Lane marrying someone in Superman’s life that was not Superman, like Lex Luthor or Bruce Wayne. These stories are high camp, like most of DC’s output of the time, and usually end with the narrator reminding the audience that nothing they just read actually happened and the characters they knew and loved would return next month in the following issue.

As DC’s output continued from the ‘40s into the ‘70s, the vibe of mainstream comics had evolved in some ways to appeal to more mature readers, and to accommodate stylistic changes many early stories were eventually said to have occurred on Earth-2, an alternate reality in which Superman and Lois Lane were married and the timeline was relatively carefree and campy. Earth-2’s residents ultimately fared very badly, however, when they were wiped from existence due to a company-wide editorial mandate a few years later.

By the mid-’80s, DC’s continuity had become convoluted and self-contradicting, and they made the decision to clean the slate by destroying all parallel universes in their first reality-changing crossover, Crisis on Infinite Earths. Although Crisis is generally regarded as a classic, it wasn’t exactly effective when it came to simplifying DC’s continuity, and it was followed by several other attempts, including Zero Hour, Infinite Crisis, New 52, and Rebirth, all of which have proved to be equally paradoxical. Problems with coherent histories in a massive fictional universe with hundreds of characters and many different creators working under sharp deadlines are understandable, and attempts at corrections of those inconsistencies have been a wild ride, to say the least. Earth-2 was eventually reintroduced to DC continuity, but not before several of its prior residents suffered immensely in Infinite Crisis.



What If…?

Marvel’s What If…? made its debut in 1977. Unlike many other “hypothetical tales” series, the comic featured a consistent host in Uatu the Watcher, the being that observes realities from his home on the moon and has sworn never to interfere. While Uatu is a purposely frustrating character most of the time, it goes without saying that he was the best person for the job. The series ended for a time but began again in the late ‘80s, featuring Uatu in the role of narrator once more for most of its run. After its eventual end, the book returned with a hacker whose handle was The Watcher as the narrator.

Regardless of storytelling flaws, What If…? was a fun and fascinating book. Questions like What If… Jane Foster wielded the hammer of Thor? have proven to be prophetic, eventually influencing the direction of comics years later when Jane Foster did, in fact, gain the powers of Thor. Stories like What If… Nick Fury fought World War II in outer space? proved the series took no issue with being a little absurd. The stories aren’t always high quality in and of themselves, but asking the readers to interact with Marvel’s classic storylines by imagining alternatives to their endings was what made reading the book interesting.



Hypothetical Stories Evolve Into Elseworlds

DC’s Elseworlds series began with the decidedly steampunk-inspired Gotham by Gaslight in 1989, which imagines Bruce Wayne in the late 1880s. This was followed by many others, such as Thrillkiller, in which we met a vengeful Barbara Gordon, and Catwoman: Guardian of Gotham, where Selina Kyle is the city’s protector and Bruce Wayne is a criminal. More questionable storylines revolved around concepts like “What if Green Lantern was in the SS?” and “What if Superman existed during the Civil War?” These stories were typically too short to make much in the way of interesting commentary about the very specific periods they were addressing, and so the tales tended to come off as making light of oppressive regimes.

The initial premise of alternate worlds from the Elseworlds stories continued to evolve into things like the short-lived Tangent Universe, and the bleak futuristic reality of Kingdom Come. In the mid-’90s, Marvel and DC combined their propensity for utilizing possible timelines into the truly bizarre Amalgam Universe, which took vaguely similar characters from either company and merged them into one. For instance, Wolverine and Batman became Dark Claw, while Wonder Woman and the Punisher became Bullets and Bracelets. Although the stories were inherently quite odd and self-referential to the point of being completely baffling for new readers, Amalgam was still an intriguing concept that went reasonably well in practice. A lot of those stories still hold up in quality if not in overall scope or coherence.

And Then There Were Retcons

Whereas DC is prone to company-wide crossovers to address the issue, Marvel is more apt to simply introduce complicated retcons on the fly within their books. One infamous example of the Marvelian Retcon occurred when it was decided that Jean Grey would be brought back from the dead in order to join X-Factor. Jean had died at the end of the Dark Phoenix Saga after destroying an entire planet, and the slate needed to be cleaned if she was going to reappear as a functional member of the X-Men. Years after the fact, it was revealed that she had in fact been in a cocoon at the bottom of Jamaica Bay, and the Phoenix Force had simply duplicated her and imitated her due to its desire to experience life as she did. Thus, Jean Grey had never been the Phoenix, at all, and was free to rejoin the heroes. This is just one example of many of retcons that rewrote continuity to allow for storytelling changes.

Meanwhile, the comic Exiles took a note from the show Sliders and assembled a group of reality-hopping heroes attempting to return to their homes, forced to go from one alternate dimension to another in search of the correct world. Over at DC, the Injustice Universe has been enjoying a solid run, reimagining DC if it were overrun by its villains. Both comics have been successful, proving that the need for out-of-continuity stories at Marvel and DC remain.

Alternate realities in superhero comics are intrinsic to the concept at this point, and it’s hard to imagine the epic scope of these worlds without the context of unlimited parallel worlds. Superhero plotlines have been repeating themselves for much of the existence of the genre at this point, and these hypothetical tales are integral in their ability to show new and exciting possibilities for characters that are many decades old at this point. Part of the appeal of these stories is, after all, the ability to interact with them mentally and emotionally, and the myriad possibilities their respective universes allow their fans to contemplate.


From: https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/elseworlds-and-alternate-realities-in-comics

The Death of Superman + Reign of the Supermen coming to cinemas for one-off screening

This year marks the 80th anniversary of Superman, who first arrived in comic books in 1938. For a fella who just hit 80 the Man of Steel is looking pretty good for his age.

Old mate Superman has embarked on many adventures over the years, including one that resulted in his death. Fans of Superman comics will recall that he was killed by a monster called Doomsday in the early 90s, before inevitably returning from the grave.

Two animated feature films capture this story: The Death of Superman (released in 2018) and the brand-new Reign of the Supermen.

Both are arriving in Australian cinemas for special, one-off back-to-back screenings in various locations across the country on Sunday January 13. Check out this page for session times and cinema locations.

Don’t expect to see these movies return to the big screen any time soon, or even at all. So if you’re keen you might want to grab a ticket.

From: https://www.flicks.com.au/news/the-death-of-superman-reign-of-the-supermen-coming-to-cinemas-for-one-off-screening/

Captain Comics: The year in film

It’s going to rain genre movies in 2019. That’s bad for movie critics who only like talky dramas, but great for we popcorn-loving plebes who apparently don’t know any better. There are too many to even list, so let’s just look at the top 20 comics, sci-fi, horror and animation movies of 2019, in reverse order of my enthusiasm.

(Note: Release dates and other details are subject to change.)

20) “Terminator 6” (Nov. 1): The last couple of Terminator reboots were so awful they soured me on the franchise. But this unnamed movie will ignore every Terminator property after “Terminator 2: Judgment Day,” which is a huge, robotic step in the right direction. And with James Cameron returning as producer, and both Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger on board to pass the torch, I feel my enthusiasm awakening — and becoming self-aware.

19) “Joker” (Oct. 4): I’m really interested in seeing what bizarre actor Joaquin Phoenix can do with Batman’s bizarre arch-foe. The movie also stars Zazie Beetz (“Deadpool 2”) and the legendary Robert DeNiro, which is very encouraging. The bad news is that much of The Joker’s appeal — and all of what makes him remotely plausible — is that nobody is sure who or what he is. Giving him a specific, authoritative origin (which the comics have deliberately avoided) can only lessen his mystique. That seems like a dumb thing to do.

18) “Men In Black: International” (June 14): This concept has moved so far beyond its origins at tiny Aircel Comics in 1990 that it can safely be called its own animal. But Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones may have already said all that can be said with it. Still, with a cast that includes Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Tessa Thompson (Valkyrie) and Liam Neeson (Qui-Gon Jinn), it should be thoroughly watchable.

17) “The Crow Reborn” (Oct. 11): Wow, there have been a lot of bad Crow movies. But there’s nothing like a good revenge fantasy, which is what The Crow has always been, dating back to its inception at Caliber Comics in 1989. It’s a can’t-miss concept (unless they miss).

16) “It: Chapter Two” (Sept. 6): There have been a lot of bad Stephen King adaptations, too. But the $700 million the first chapter raked in worldwide says “It” isn’t one of them. This movie adapts the second half of King’s novel, with the kids of the first part now all grown up. They’re played by the likes of Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy and Bill Hader, plus Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise, so there’s going to be a lot of star power up there on the screen.

15) “Brightburn” (May 24): The idea of evil Supermen, even evil Superboys, has been old hat in the comics for decades. Heck, even “Superman II” had a drunk, unshaven Superman in a dirty costume. But what about a bad Superbaby? That’s the premise of this movie, answering the question “what if that cute, super-powered tyke arriving in a rocket is a bad seed?” It turns heroism into horror, a genre-bender that treads new ground.

14) “Kingsman 3” (Nov. 8): There are all sorts of rumors swirling around what this movie is about. One possibility is that it’s a prequel, which would be terra incognita. Another is that it will constitute the third part a trilogy, bringing closure to the Eggsy-Harry Hart relationship (played by Taron Egerton and Colin Firth, respectively). Or it could be a musical. OK, probably not. The point is: We don’t know. But since I enjoyed the first two installments, I’ll probably enjoy whatever this is. (Unless there are show tunes.)

13) “The Kitchen” (Sept. 20): The original 8-issue miniseries of the same name, published in 2014 by Vertigo, DC Comics’ mature readers line, was a fascinating story about three mob wives who turn to crime to pay their incarcerated husbands’ debts — and how joining “the life” changes them. This movie stars Elisabeth Moss, Tiffany Haddish and Melissa McCarthy in the three principal roles, so it could even be better than the source material.

12) “The Addams Family” (October 11): One reason my younger self loved “The Addams Family” TV show more than “The Munsters” was because the former, every once in a while, gave a hint of the vicious black humor of the original Charles Addams cartoons that appeared in “The New Yorker.” Since this animated movie is based directly on those cartoons, we’re getting Addams’ delightful venom straight from the source — and my inner 12 year old is thrilled.

11) “Alita: Battle Angel” (Feb. 14): Movies based on manga (Japanese comics) have an awful track record in the U.S., and there’s no reason to believe this one will buck the trend. But the original comics are awesome, the concept — a post-apocalyptic cyborg warrior — is cool, the special effects look amazing, plus Christoph Waltz and Jennifer Connelly are on hand. Here’s hoping.

10) “Glass” (Jan. 18): “Unbreakable” had comics fans feeling smug, because we knew the color code director M. Night Shyamalan was using to give us advance tips on the characters before the script did. (Hint: Superheroes generally wear primary colors, whereas villains favor purple, green and orange.) Shyamalan’s stock fell for a while, before being rescued by “Split.” Now comes “Glass,” which is a sequel to both movies, heretofore unrelated. That’s some trick, M. Night.

9) “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” (May 31): I hear there are some people who don’t love Godzilla, and didn’t spend Saturday afternoons in their youth thrilling to the sight of men in rubber suits trampling tiny models of Tokyo. I don’t understand such people. That’s like hating pizza, or kittens, or sex. Well, it takes all kinds. And my kind of person will be front and center for this updated take on the Big G, Mothra, Rodan and King Ghidorah. Given today’s special effects, this sequel to 2014’s “Godzilla” should be quite a show. (Although I confess some part of me will miss the rubber suits.)

8) “Shazam!” (April 5): It’s a joy to see the original Captain Marvel — yes, that was his name when he was introduced in 1940 — given his due. Now maybe people will better understand those vague memories swirling around the collective unconscious about this guy, who sold as well as Superman in the ’40s. Anyway, this is the story of a boy who is given a magic word from a dying wizard that turns him into an immature, but genial, super-powered adult. Now called Shazam, this light-hearted character is the perfect antidote to the grimdark grimness of movies like “Batman v Superman.”

7) “The New Mutants” (Aug. 2): This next generation group of X-Men, introduced at Marvel Comics in 1982, had some pretty strange, non-superhero-ish adventures. One was a straight-up horror show titled “The Demon Bear” — and that’s what we’re getting in this hero/horror hybrid, which stars Anya Taylor-Joy (“The Witch”), Maisie Williams (“Game of Thrones”), Charlie Heaton (“Stranger Things”) and Rosario Dawson (the Marvel/Netflix shows).

6) “Dark Phoenix” (June 7): This movie promises a more faithful adaptation of the famed X-Men story “The Dark Phoenix Saga” than the mess we saw in “X-Men: The Last Stand.” It’s also probably the last X-movie before Disney reboots the franchise, so this is probably the last X-dance for Sophie Turner as Jean Grey, James McAvoy as Charles Xavier, Michael Fassbender as Magneto and Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique.

5) “Hellboy” (April 12): The two movies directed by Guillermo del Toro, which starred Ron Perlman as the demonic hero, were perfectly enjoyable films. But they weren’t really Hellboy. This new version, starring David Harbour (“Stranger Things”) promises to be more faithful to the comics, so that movie viewers can see why comics fans have loved Hellboy for so many years.

4) “Captain Marvel” (March 8): Yes, it’s Marvel’s first female-led superhero movie. Yes, it’s Marvel’s first period-piece superhero movie. But is it good? I’m hoping for “Wonder Woman” good, but I’ll settle for “Ant-Man” good.

3) “Spider-Man: Far From Home” (July 5): Tom Holland made us fall in love with Peter Parker all over again in “Civil War” and “Homecoming.” Bring on Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) and the popcorn!

2) “Star Wars Episode IX” (Dec. 20): The last Star Wars movie got a lot of hate, and I for one have no idea why. But maybe it shook the powers that be, because Star Wars mastermind J.J. Abrams himself returns to direct this (unnamed) installment, which should conclude the storyline starring Rey (Daisy Ridley), Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), Finn (John Boyega) and Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac).

1) “Avengers: Endgame” (April 26): There’s not a lot to say about this movie, because we know so little. But evidently we don’t need to know anything, because “Endgame” is already setting records for trailer views and advance ticket sales.

That’s my top 20. And for movie critics, I’m sure there will be a talky drama or two.

Contact Captain Comics at CapnComics@aol.com. For more comics news, reviews and commentary, visit his website: ComicsRoundtable.com.

From: http://www.swtimes.com/entertainmentlife/20190106/captain-comics-year-in-film

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