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60 on: Superman Day – June 12, 2017

(MEREDITH) — It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s the most famous superhero of all-time’s big day. Superman was created by Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel in 1933. He made his grand debut in Action Comics (later D.C. Comics) in 1938.

Since then, Superman has taken the skies in popularity, but did you know Kal-El was an inspiration for immigrants in the 1940s? Or, do you know which former Superman star is celebrating with fans in a small town in Illinois? Watch the video to learn what makes this day so Super.

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From: http://www.azfamily.com/story/35571189/60-on-superman-day

DC Comics Rebirth Spoilers: Trinity Annual #1 Reveals A Trinity War …

DC Comics Rebirth Spoilers for Trinity Annual #1 follows.

Wonder Woman villain Circe and Batman villain Ra’s Al Ghul marvel at what keeps DC Comics primary Trinity – Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman – together.

Turns out its fate.

The Trinity #1 annual sets up future issues with the mystical Pandora Pits as well as the tease of a…

…a Trinity of Trinities! A Trinity War with…

    • Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman vs.
    • Bizarro, Red Hood and Artemis (aka Red Hood and the Outlaws) vs.
    • Lex Luthor, Ra’s Al Ghul and Circe?

    That last “evil” Trinity was featured in the Trinity #7.

    More to come based on Trinity Annual #1.

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    From: http://insidepulse.com/2017/05/31/dc-comics-rebirth-spoilers-trinity-annual-1-reveals-a-trinity-war-of-trinities-with-superman-batman-wonder-woman-vs-heroes-villains/

    Injustice 2 PS4 Game Review

    By: Max Cannon

    Expanding on the idea first explored in Midway’s Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, the original Injustice: Gods Among Us was a competent fighting game with a cheesy, but bombastic, storyline. 

    Dishing Out Some DC Justice

    Injustice 2 continues the story of the first game with a focus on a single universe, unlike the multiverse brawls we saw in the previous adventure, pairing Batman against Superman while everyone in between has taken a side. After imprisoning Superman in a cell that strips him of his powers, Batman has to protect the entire world from the latest and greatest threat: Brainiac.

    Another Batman v Superman showdown.Another Batman v Superman showdown.Courtesy of WB Games

    The story goes exactly where you think it will and the two inevitably need to strike an uneasy alliance to take down the intergalactic threat. While the beginning chapter sets the stage for an original story, with the seeds planted for some cool arguments between a non-lethal Batman and a Robin with an itchy trigger finger, the plot quickly devolves into some stereotypical and by the books nonsense. There are some really interesting pairings in the story, Batman against Robin, Harley Quinn fighting The Joker, Catwoman and Poison Ivy. While the fights themselves are cool, the setups are poor and often forced.

    Official Injustice 2 Gameplay Launch Trailer

     

    Even if the story is weak, its execution is to be admired. Environments look awesome — even though I’d like more interesting battlegrounds — but characters really steal the show. Facial animations are shockingly impressive and the voice actors give expectedly engrossing performances. The choreography of the game’s cutscenes show an attention to detail often sorely missed in fighting games. Even if the plot isn’t a winner, I respect how well the team dives headfirst into the tale they’re telling.

    The telepathically empowered Gorilla Grodd.The telepathically empowered Gorilla Grodd.Courtesy of WB Games

    The roster of characters feels disappointingly sparse at times, especially when compared to Injustice: Gods Among Us. Martian Manhunter, Shazam, and Lex Luthor are gone and they aren’t exactly made up for with disappointing fighters like Cheetah and Captain Cold. There are some awesome returns and new inclusions — particularly Scarecrow and Harley Quinn — but they seem like they’re holding the best brawlers off for upcoming DLC, and Darkseid is already locked away behind a paywall. 

    Beat Down the Bad Guys… Or the Good Guys

    While I take issue with the story and lineup of fighters, I think this is one of the best controlling fighting games available. While I find games like Street Fighter and Xbox One’s Killer Instinct (my favorite fighting game) to be incredibly fast, Mortal Kombat and Injustice: Gods Among Us felt jarringly slow by comparison. Injustice 2‘s speed nails that sweet spot while controlling like a dream, with either the D-pad or analog stick.

    Gorilla Grodd beats down on our Man of Steel.Gorilla Grodd beats down on our Man of Steel.Courtesy of WB Games

    Every fighting game strives to play well to both the hardcore gamers and the casual player. Keeping up with the quality of the first title, Injustice 2 should pride itself on being such an accessible game. While it’s difficult to explain the returning Clash feature — which involves wagering bars in a super meter to reacquire health — newcomers should be able to easily button mash their way through many fights. An even balance is struck between easily understood characters with natural combos — like Batman, Deadshot, and Cyborg — and complex, tougher to master fighters — like Black Canary and Firestorm. 

    Wonder Woman takes down the Blue Beetle.Wonder Woman takes down the Blue Beetle.Courtesy of WB Games
     

    Speaking of that super meter, the flashy super moves return and range from jaw-dropping to shoulder-shrugging. While characters like The Flash unleash a time-traveling set of punches, some characters weakly yell at their opponents in a lackluster show of force. Similar to the inconsistency in character choice, there are just as many awesome super moves as there are “eh” ones.

    Final Thoughts

    I don’t have any problem saying that Injustice 2 is a better game than its predecessor. The game’s bombastic and nonsensical story is easy to overlook when it’s so well executed and supported by Grade A fighting controls. Let’s just hope that Injustice 3  brings a better cast of characters and battle arenas.

    Pros

    • Character Animations
    • Fighting Controls
    • Accessible For Mostly Anyone

    Cons

    • Character Roster
    • Weak Stages
    • Weak Story

    Injustice 2 Game Rating4

    Available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC

    Injustice 2 Box ArtInjustice 2 Box ArtCourtesy of WB Games

    Have Your Say!

    Are you a fighting game fanatic? What are your feelings about the new Injustice? Share your comments below!

     

    From: http://www.kidzworld.com/article/30641-injustice-2-ps4-game-review

    Gal Gadot On If Wonder Woman Could Defeat Superman

    Forget Batman v Superman, it’s time for DC Extended Universe fans to start considering if Wonder Woman could take on the Man of Steel.

    That question was posed to Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot while the actress was out promoting the new film, which will be in theaters in less than a week. When asked if she could take on Henry Cavill, the actor who plays Superman, she seemed pretty confident.

    Sure,” Gadot tells Warner Bros. Brasil in the above video, smiling. “It’s going to be a tight one, but yes.”

    While there’s been no official word on whether the Amazon princess will have a reason to battle the Last Son of Krypton, some fans are wondering if Superman – currently dead after his run-in with Doomsday in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – may return in Justice League, but not as the hero he once was. If Superman is somehow turned to the side of Apokolips, it will be up to the Justice League, including Wonder Woman, to stop him.

    Wonder Woman currently has a 4.10 out of 5 ComicBook User Anticipation Rating, making it the ninth most anticipated upcoming comic book movie among ComicBook.com readers. Let us know how excited you are about Wonder Woman by giving it your own ComicBook User Anticipation Rating below.

    Before she was Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), she was Diana, Princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, Diana meets an American pilot (Chris Pine) who tells her about the massive conflict that’s raging in the outside world. Convinced that she can stop the threat, Diana leaves her home for the first time. Fighting alongside men in a war to end all wars, she finally discovers her full powers and true destiny.

    Wonder Woman is directed by Patty Jenkins, from a screenplay by Allan Heinberg Geoff Johns, story by Heinberg Zack Snyder and Jason Fuchs, and stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, Elena Anaya, Lucy Davis, Saïd Taghmaoui, Ewen Bremner and David Thewlis.

    Wonder Woman was created by William Moulton Marston for DC Comics. She made her first appearance in All Star Comics #8 in 1941 and has gone on to become a feminist icon and one of DC Comics’ most beloved and recognizable characters. Though she had a popular television series in the 1970s starring Lynda Carter, the Wonder Woman movie will be the character’s first time headlining a film.

    Wonder Woman opens in theaters June 2, 2017.

    MORE WONDER WOMAN NEWS: Wonder Woman Director Addresses Criticism Of “Skimpy, Sexy Outfit”/ Director On Diana Versus Other Superheroes / Wonder Woman Artist Reveals What He Loves About The Movie / Functional Wonder Woman SHIELD Created By Man At Arms: Reforged

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    From: http://comicbook.com/dc/2017/05/28/wonder-woman-vs-superman-gal-gadot/

    DC Comics Rebirth & Superman Reborn Aftermath Spoilers: Action …

    Superman Reborn rewrote Superman’s DC Rebirth history restoring Cyborg Superman as Hank Henshaw, deleting Kon-el Superboy from the Death and Return of Superman arc as well as removing the New 52 romance between Superman and Wonder Woman.

    However, Supergirl’s dad Zor-el was the Cyborg Superman and Zor-el is referenced as a villain in Rebirth, but not directly as Cyborg Superman.

    This was the New 52’s Zor-el as Cyborg Superman.

    This was the classic Hank Henshaw as Cyborg Superman.

    Looks like the latter is back in DC Rebirth or is he?

    DC Comics Rebirth Spoilers with Action Comics #980 Vs. Suicide Squad #19?

    In Action Comics #980 we get a revised or tweaked origin for Hank Henshaw and…

    …his Cyborg Superman…

    …alter ego.

    Cyborg Superman and the Eradictor, both part of the classic Death and Return of Superman arc, confront…

    …Superman in modern day…

    …on their real mission to find General Zod.

    This will eventually, it seems, move us to Suicide Squad which will include Cyborg Superman in Suicide Squad #19. However will it be the Hank Henshaw Cyborg Superman as seen on the Tony Daniel cover…

    …or the Zor-el Cyborg Superman on the Whilce Portacio variant for the same Suicide Squad #19 issue…

    …or do both Cyborg Supermen co-exist in DC Comics Rebirth?

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    From: http://insidepulse.com/2017/05/24/dc-comics-rebirth-superman-reborn-aftermath-spoilers-action-comics-980-vs-suicide-squad-19-cyborg-superman-hank-hanshaw-cyborg-superman-zor-el-co-exist/

    Action #980 Answers a Major Rebirth Question for Superman

    While most of this week’s Action Comics #980 centers on the Superman Revenge Squad and their mission to recover General Zod so they can have a full team, the Man of Steel does manage to steal some time in his own book…and a question that’s been lingering over the title since “Superman Reborn” is answered.

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    (Photo: DC Entertainment)

    As seen in the image above, Jonathan and Marthan (Ma and Pa) Kent are dead in the post-Rebirth version of events, and their death appears to match the one from The New 52.

    For much of Superman’s publishing history, the Kents have been dead; it was following John Byrne’s mid-80s reboot The Man of Steel that living parents became a part of Clark Kent’s adult life.

    Jonathan and Martha Kent played a key role in the ’80s and ’90s Superman titles, and both survived until Jonathan Kent died during the Geoff Johns-written Brainiac storyline in 2008. Martha survived right up until the events of Flashpoint rebooted the DC Universe again, but in The New 52, a young Clark failed to save his parents from an accident that claimed both of their lives.

    Given the prominence of ’90s comics stories — many of which were written by Action Comics scribe Dan Jurgens — in Superman’s post-Rebirth history, some fans had speculated that the Kents may have survived the recent merging of the pre-Flashpoint and New 52 Supermen and their timelines. Not so much, it turns out, as Superman is seen visiting their graves and mourning his inability to save them in Action Comics #980.

    You can get a copy of Action Comics #980 at your local comic shop, or buy a digital one here. The official solicitaiton text for the issue can be found below.

    “REVENGE” part two! Both Superman and the Revenge Squad must traverse the deadly Black Vault in a race against time to reach General Zod! Amanda Waller’s secret Kryptonian weapon reveals himself to the world, but Cyborg Superman and Eradicator move in to recruit him. Tying directly into the events of this month’s Suicide Squad issues—and no matter who wins in this epic showdown, it spells certain doom for the Last Son of Krypton!

    More Superman news:

    From: http://comicbook.com/dc/2017/05/26/action-980-answers-a-major-rebirth-question-for-superman/

    Is Supergirl Stronger Than Superman? – Comic Book

    Spoilers for Supergirl ahead.

    Tonight’s episode of Supergirl — ‘Nevertheless, She Persisted’ — opened up with the ultimate battle between the shows’ two Kryptonians, Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) and Superman (Tyler Hoechlin).

    Just prior to the fight kicking off, Rhea (Teri Hatcher) revealed that she had used silver kryptonite to persuade Superman that his cousin was, in fact, the person he feared most — General Zod.

    What followed was an epic battle that saw the two fly around National City, destroying several buildings in the process — Supergirl trying to stop her crazed cousin under sway and Superman trying to stop a person who he thought was his archnemesis.

    Up Next: Superman’s Reaction To Supergirl Dating A Daxamite

    The fight ended with Supergirl delivering the final blow and finally knocking her cousin out, prior to collapsing from exhaustion. 

    When the two later woke up at the Fortress of Solitude, Superman revealed that the silver kryptonite doesn’t hinder his strength whatsoever, it simply swayed him.  That means Supergirl defeated her cousin in a fight while he was at his full strength.

    Throughout the history of DC Comics, Superman has been the ultimate poster boy for all things strong and mighty, but it’s been a long running debate among fans of the cousins.

    While Supes has been largely displayed as the closest thing to perfect in DC Comics lore, that began to change when writer Jeph Loeb took over writing the Supergirl comic in the early 2000’s.

    Superman has long been known as a character that places restraint upon himself and prior to Flashpoint, Supergirl was a character known for leaving it all on the field.  She wouldn’t hold back and knew no restraint.

    While the jury still seems to be out on which of the characters is stronger in the comics, one thing is for sure.  Supergirl definitely beat Superman in a fight, while he was at full strength, which left the Man of Steel claiming Kara was the “champion of Earth.”

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    MORE SUPERGIRL NEWS: Lena Luthor and Rhea Square Off in Exclusive “Resist” ClipSupergirl EP On Superman And Cat Grant’s Roles In FinaleSupergirl Hints at BatmanMartian Manhunter And Livewire Concept Art

    Distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. International Television Distribution, SUPERGIRL is executive produced by Greg Berlanti (Arrow, The Flash), Ali Adler (The New Normal), Andrew Kreisberg (The Flash, Arrow) and Sarah Schechter (Blindspot, The Mysteries of Laura). Supergirl is based on the characters created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster and appearing in DC Comics, by special arrangement with the Jerry Siegel Family.

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    From: http://comicbook.com/dc/2017/05/23/is-supergirl-stronger-than-superman/

    Is Supergirl Stronger Than Superman?

    Spoilers for Supergirl ahead.

    Tonight’s episode of Supergirl — ‘Nevertheless, She Persisted’ — opened up with the ultimate battle between the shows’ two Kryptonians, Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) and Superman (Tyler Hoechlin).

    Just prior to the fight kicking off, Rhea (Teri Hatcher) revealed that she had used silver kryptonite to persuade Superman that his cousin was, in fact, the person he feared most — General Zod.

    What followed was an epic battle that saw the two fly around National City, destroying several buildings in the process — Supergirl trying to stop her crazed cousin under sway and Superman trying to stop a person who he thought was his archnemesis.

    Up Next: Superman’s Reaction To Supergirl Dating A Daxamite

    The fight ended with Supergirl delivering the final blow and finally knocking her cousin out, prior to collapsing from exhaustion. 

    When the two later woke up at the Fortress of Solitude, Superman revealed that the silver kryptonite doesn’t hinder his strength whatsoever, it simply swayed him.  That means Supergirl defeated her cousin in a fight while he was at his full strength.

    Throughout the history of DC Comics, Superman has been the ultimate poster boy for all things strong and mighty, but it’s been a long running debate among fans of the cousins.

    While Supes has been largely displayed as the closest thing to perfect in DC Comics lore, that began to change when writer Jeph Loeb took over writing the Supergirl comic in the early 2000’s.

    Superman has long been known as a character that places restraint upon himself and prior to Flashpoint, Supergirl was a character known for leaving it all on the field.  She wouldn’t hold back and knew no restraint.

    While the jury still seems to be out on which of the characters is stronger in the comics, one thing is for sure.  Supergirl definitely beat Superman in a fight, while he was at full strength, which left the Man of Steel claiming Kara was the “champion of Earth.”

    supergirl-vs-superman

    MORE SUPERGIRL NEWS: Lena Luthor and Rhea Square Off in Exclusive “Resist” ClipSupergirl EP On Superman And Cat Grant’s Roles In FinaleSupergirl Hints at BatmanMartian Manhunter And Livewire Concept Art

    Distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. International Television Distribution, SUPERGIRL is executive produced by Greg Berlanti (Arrow, The Flash), Ali Adler (The New Normal), Andrew Kreisberg (The Flash, Arrow) and Sarah Schechter (Blindspot, The Mysteries of Laura). Supergirl is based on the characters created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster and appearing in DC Comics, by special arrangement with the Jerry Siegel Family.

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    From: http://comicbook.com/dc/2017/05/23/is-supergirl-stronger-than-superman/

    15 Reasons Superman Is The Biggest DOUCHEBAG In Comics

    Superman is one of Earth’s mightiest defenders. With his grab-bag of superpowers and strong moral code, he’s arguably the greatest superhero on the planet. Since his first appearance in 1938’s Action Comics #1 (by Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel), Superman has been held up as being the best and brightest, the perfect man in mind and body. He’s an icon of strength and morality. So, what’s the problem? Well, he’s kind of a douchebag. There… we finally said it.

    RELATED: 15 Reasons Batman is the Worst Hero (and Man)

    Don’t get us wrong. Here at CBR, we LOVE Superman, which is why we spend a lot of time talking about his movies, TV shows and (especially his new Rebirth) comic books. We’re all looking forward to his future appearances, including in 2017’s Justice League movie. At the same time, we’ve been following him for years, and have noticed a few things about the Last Son of Krypton that drive us crazy. Whether it’s his powers or his secrecy or his personality, CBR felt it’s time to make the case that Superman isn’t the most fun guy to be around, and not all he’s cracked up to be (which, when you think about it, makes him a more compelling character). Here are 15 reasons why the Man of Steel is the world’s biggest jerk.

    15. CLARK KENT

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    Clark Kent is the identity Superman adopted to pass as human; a nerdy persona hiding his true inner strength. Isn’t it? What if Clark Kent isn’t just a disguise? What if he’s an insult to all of us?

    A scene in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill: Volume 2 in 2004 spelled out the theory, which starts with the fact that Superman isn’t a disguise. Clark Kent is his disguise to blend in with us, but Clark is weak, clumsy and insecure. Why? Imagine if Batman tried to disguise himself as a Chinese businessman, so he put on huge glasses, buckteeth and wore a Coolie hat. We’d call him a racist for trying to fit that stereotype. Well, Clark Kent is that racial stereotype. He’s an insult to the whole human race.

    14. SUPERMAN PREACHES

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    It seems like every time Superman faces a monstrous supervillain or an amoral criminal, he has to stop to try and talk it out. He’s always giving speeches on how people should be good to each other, respect each other and forgive each other.

    The problem is that Superman isn’t some kind of genius philosopher or guru or psychologist. He’s just spouting what he learned from his parents while living on a farm in the Midwest; it’s the same thing you’d find on a motivational poster hanging in your boss’ office. The fact that he’s trying to lecture other people about how they should behave is messed up. He’s trying to impose his values on others. Papa don’t preach? More like “Superman, shouldn’t preach.”

    13. SAVING THE WORLD

    Superman has the power to save the world, but he doesn’t, any more than a firefighter pouring water on a burning building is stopping all houses from burning down ever. Superman should be bringing food to the starving countries of the world, stopping armies from fighting on battlefields and bringing an end to disease.

    At the same time, we’ve seen when Superman tries to stop social problems in alternate universes, and it always ends badly. For example, in 1996’s Kingdom Come (Mark Waid, Alex Ross), Superman tried to use his power to stop superheroes who were running amok. In the process, he created a gulag and trampled on human rights. Whether he helps or not, Superman can’t do anything right.

    12. LEX LUTHOR SHOULD DIE

    Lex Luthor’s brilliant mind and quest of taking over the world has led him to kill millions in pursuit of his goals. So why is Luthor still around? Superman is the only one on Earth who can take down Luthor, yet he doesn’t.

    Sure, you might be saying that Superman doesn’t kill. We’ll get to that in a minute, but let’s just say Superman didn’t kill Luthor. He could put Luthor in the inescapable prison of the Phantom Zone or he could abandon Luthor on a distant planet with no means of escape. Letting Luthor run around free is just a disaster waiting to happen. After the “Crisis on Infinite Earths,” Luthor wore a kryptonite ring so Superman couldn’t get anywhere near him, but Superman doesn’t have that excuse anymore.

    11. LUTHOR IS RIGHT

    Lex Luthor as President

    Lex Luthor has a special place in his heart for his hatred of Superman. His reasons vary, including that he’s just jealous of Superman’s fame and power, and that he’s also insane. He’s also kind of right.

    Luthor has said that Earth has gotten soft with Superman around, depending on him to stop hurricanes or fight Darkseid. When Superman was killed in 1992’s “Death of Superman,” the world fell into chaos, proving Luthor right. Luthor also believes that Superman can’t be trusted, because he’s so powerful he could destroy the planet if he lost control. That goes back to how Superman always enslaves the world when he goes bad. Batman feels the same way, so it’s not that crazy an idea. These are all good points, and when the most evil man in the world has a good point, that’s something to think about.

    10. SUPERMAN KILLS (A BUNCH)

    The idea that Superman doesn’t kill is what makes Superman seem like such a noble character. In fact, he often seems reluctant to resort to violence at all. For someone as powerful as Superman, who could rip the heads of supervillains with a flick of his wrist, it seems downright noble.

    The only problem is Superman has killed plenty of people throughout his long history. You go back to his Golden Age appearances like 1939’s Superman #2 (Siegel, Shuster) where he allowed a war profiteer to choke to death on poison gas while he just watched. You can also use 2013’s Man of Steel as an example, wherein he ended a conflict by killing the rogue Kryptonian General Zod, snapping his damn neck. As for violence, Superman isn’t afraid to punch his way out of any situation. He’s a hypocrite.

    9. SUPERMAN’S THE JOKER

    We’re going back all the way back to the Silver Age on this one. The Joker is known for his sadistic practical jokes, but he’s got nothing on Superman. During the era, Superman was always pulling weird pranks on people. Granted, this was mainly because DC kept running bizarre covers with crazy scenarios to get people to buy comics, but it still counts.

    For example, in 1958’s Superman’s Girl Friend, Lois Lane #1 (Leo Dorfman, Kurt Schaffenberger), Superman used his heat vision to ruin all Lois’ cooking at a restaurant. In 1956’s Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen #13 (Otto Binder, Kurt Swan), when Jimmy saw Clark changing into Superman, Superman tried to convince Olsen he was seeing things by making illusions like turning a house upside down. The only thing worse than a practical joker is a super-practical joker.

    8. SUPERMAN RESPECTS AUTHORITY (TOO MUCH)

    Red Son Superman cover

    Superman has great respect for authority, and always follows the government and its laws. In the mainstream DC universe, Superman fights for truth, justice and the American Way, which works out to be good for everyone (in America). That’s not always the case, though. When Superman is in a more sinister government, things always take a turn for the worse.

    In 2003’s Superman: Red Son (Dave Johnson, Kilian Plunkett, Mark Millar), Superman’s ship crash-landed in the Soviet Union instead of the United States. What followed was a dystopian nightmare where Superman almost succeeded in imposing communism onto the entire world. In 1986’s The Dark Knight Returns (Frank Miller), Superman became a puppet and weapon of mass destruction for an American government that turned fascist. That’s what happens when you don’t question authority.

    7. THE JUSTICE LAZY

    One of the most important organizations in the DC universe is the Justice League. It’s often made up of the most powerful heroes on Earth, including Martian Manhunter, Firestorm and Superman. With such powerful members, it’s no wonder the JL often tackles the threats no one else could handle, right? Well, there is a big question that lies at the heart of the Justice League: why do they need anyone at all except Superman?

    Superman has strength, speed, flight, x-ray vision and is invulnerable. He can move planets. Why does he need other heroes at all? For that matter, what are Batman or Green Arrow going to do that Superman can’t? Is he patronizing the other members of the Justice League or just being lazy? Either way, that’s wasting everyone’s time and his own talents.

    6. HE’S A WOMANIZER

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    There are three major romances in Superman’s life: Lana Lang (his childhood sweetheart), Wonder Woman (his superpowered crush, a relationship with whom was recently just written out of existence) and Lois Lane (his rival at the Daily Planet, longtime love and wife). He’s had a complicated relationship with all of them for decades, and that’s the problem.

    When it comes to Lana, Superman should have kicked her to the curb a long time ago. She knows his secret identity and he liked her in high school, but that’s not a reason to pine over her decades later. As for Wonder Woman, he never had the guts to do anything about it until the New 52, and that’s over with. He’s been stringing Lois Lane along for years, and finally got together with her before the New 52 reboot. You could say that he finally got everything together, even having a child with Lois, but it took the end of the world to actually make it happen! Superman’s not afraid of much, but it seems that commitment is another one of his weaknesses.

    5. HE’S TWO-FACED

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    As much as Superman likes to talk to others about values, he has been lying to his closest friends for decades, and that’s not right. We know you’re probably thinking he has to hide his identity to protect his loved ones, but who is he protecting? He should just move Lois Lane and his parents to the Fortress of Solitude where no one could get to them. And besides, we’ve seen other heroes come out with their secrets and they and their families are fine! If anyone could make it work, it’s Superman, right??

    That all notwithstanding, his secret identity isn’t what we’re talking about, though. Even when Superman reveals his secret identity, he still lies. For instance, he lied to Lois Lane about his terminal illness in 2005’s All-Star Superman (Grant Morrison, Frank Quitely). He lied countless times in the Silver Age with those silly pranks. Keeping secrets is his status quo, and that’s kind of a dick move.

    4. THAT FORTRESS

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    Superman’s Fortress of Solitude is another big problem we have with the Man of Steel. It’s his sanctuary, and also his storehouse. It’s where he keeps trophies from his many adventures, a zoo of exotic animals, technology from Krypton and other worlds, and a science lab where he uses his super-intelligence to carry out his own research. So why doesn’t he share it?

    For instance, Superman has traditionally kept an army of life-like artificially intelligent robot duplicates of himself at the Fortress. His robots could change the fields of robotics, engineering and computer programming instead of just walking around and getting him coffee. Likewise, his trophies include advanced weapons that could be adapted to creating new technology. Superman’s bogarting that stuff. He needs to share it with the world.

    3. REPORTER

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    Clark Kent works at the Daily Planet as an intrepid reporter, a career choice that’s kind of a dick move. Yes, it allows him to stay on the front lines to find out what crimes and disasters are going on, but it’s more than that. As an investigative journalist, Clark has reported endlessly on Superman to the point where he’s used it as an advantage. He’s even won a Pulitzer Prize for writing about his own adventures.

    Clark is kind of like Spider-Man in that regard, profiting from his superhero exploits, but Parker admits that he’s doing it for the money. Being a reporter isn’t even the best option for a superhero. He could have become a firefighter or a police officer, or even held public office, to help people in his off-time instead of typing on a computer.

    2. SUPERMAN ONLY SAVES FRIENDS

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    Superman is loyal to his friends, but you could say he’s really loyal to a fault. Superman will drop everything and sacrifice the lives of others so he can focus on his friends like Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen, while countless others suffer around the world. Superman even gave Jimmy a signal watch so he could call for help any time. Why doesn’t anyone else get one?

    In the 1978 Superman movie, we saw Superman race around California stopping damage from earthquakes, leaving Lois to die in her car. Superman reversed time to stop Lois from dying. What the movie didn’t dwell on is that he changed history so he never stopped all the other disasters he had stopped the first time. Every time Superman is out saving Lois or Jimmy, other people aren’t being saved.

    1. COLLATERAL DAMAGE

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    Superman is also pretty casual about destroying property and endangering innocent people. He’ll often smash through walls, rip apart cars and even occasionally move planets. What usually isn’t talked about is what havoc that’s causing to others. How many buildings have collapsed, killing innocent people trapped inside? What effect does moving the Earth’s moon have on tides and the Earth’s crust?

    Lots of superheroes cause collateral damage, of course, but few of them have as many options. When the Hulk smashes a building, he can’t do much to put it back together. When Superman smashes a building, he could use super-speed and heat vision to reinforce or hold it together. Better yet, he could grab and fly his enemies to isolated areas or into deep space to keep the damage to a minimum. And yet, he doesn’t. What a douche!

    Do you think Superman is underrated or overrated? Let us know in the comments!

    From: http://www.cbr.com/15-reasons-superman-is-the-biggest-douchebag-in-comics/

    DC TV Watch: Tyler Hoechlin Teases Superman-Supergirl Finale Battle

    Welcome to The Hollywood Reporter‘s weekly DC TV Watch, a rundown of all things DC Comics on TV. Every Friday, we round up the major twists, epic fights, new mysteries and anything else that goes down on The CW’s Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl and Fox’s Gotham and what it all means. Note: Legends of Tomorrow did not air a new episode this week.

    Supergirl

    Evil Superman? | Has Supergirl had any better cliffhanger than a surprise evil Superman (Tyler Hoechlin) appearing out of nowhere on the Daxamite ship to knock out Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) with a punch, presumably at Queen Rhea’s (Teri Hatcher) command? The answer is definitely no. Fans knew Superman would be returning for the season two finale, but his appearance in the penultimate episode was a complete surprise. “I can tell you that obviously Queen Rhea is there and we assume that she might have something to do with this. That’s about all I can say about that,” Hoechlin told THR. “It was fun to open up the script and see something different for him. Exploring another part of him, everybody has things that make them angry or make them upset so to find what that was for him was cool to explore as an actor. I had done this character before, so it was nice that I got to do something fresh and new when I jumped back into it. There was even less pressure jumping back into it versus the first time around.”

    Rhea and Clark | Because Superman’s story is tied directly with Queen Rhea’s on the Daxamite ship, that meant Hoechlin got to work closely with Hatcher, which lead to some fanboy moments of his own. “Lois Clark was the one that I grew up with, so to me she was always Lois Lane,” Hoechlin said. “The first time I met her was in the suit, so that was a surreal moment. We had a lot of fun up on her ship.” 

    Cousin vs. cousin | Kara wasn’t able to get any punches in herself against her cousin because he had the element of surprise in this week’s episode. That will change in the finale, as the two Kryptonian heroes will go head to head in one big battle. “I know they’ve been teasing it as the battle of the century, and they definitely did not hold anything back,” Hoechlin said. “We spent a lot of time on this fight scene and then the stunt people did such a great job. I think everyone will be very pleased with how this looks. It’s going to be an epic battle. Sometimes you do a fight scene and it takes half a day, sometimes it can take the whole day. This took multiple days. I’m really excited for people to see that.”

    A new dynamic | Hoechlin was pleased that he got to explore a new kind of relationship between Clark Kent and Kara this time around as adversaries (at least, at first) instead of allies. “The first two episodes that we did, it was nice to do that as family teaming up and taking on the world, but to be able to square off this time was definitely fun,” Hoechlin said. “Melissa and I always have a good laugh with this stuff so it was great to find the humor and face off against each other once they called cut. We get into some things with Clark and Kara, and it’s always nice when you get to step away from the action for a minute and see more of the heart that these people have and how much they care about each other. I’m most proud of his ability to be a part of a team as opposed to having to feel like he’s got to always be the guy to save the day or the one to take credit. It’s great that he’s able to be supportive and not having to, I guess, save the day.”

    An answer worthy of Superman | When asked who he would pick to win in a fight between Superman and Supergirl, Hoechlin gave a very political answer. “I would love to see that fight,” he said with a laugh. “I’ve gotten really good at this over the years.”

    Get your Superman fix now … | While Hoechlin promises there will be a suitable amount of the caped hero in the finale episode – “I spent quite a bit of time in Vancouver filming the finale so it’s fair to say it will be more than a quick hello and goodbye,” – he revealed there are currently no plans for Superman to return to the series again. “Nothing in the future,” he said. “I think even just jumping in doing the first two episodes, at that time it was just those two episodes. I was excited and happy about that opportunity. I was very open and eager to go back up if that opportunity came up and thankfully it did for the finale. I’m just taking it a day at a time at this point.”

    Hoechlin’s wish | However, Hoechlin already knows what he’d want to see from Superman on Supergirl should he ever return. “I’d love to see more about what his relationship with Kara and the rest of her family,” he said. “I think it could be fun to see exactly how much he’s kept up with them over the years. And the Superman/Martian Manhunter [David Harewood] thing is such a fun story arc. And with Jimmy Olsen [Mehcad Brooks] too, there’s still a lot to explore with him and James. Obviously they have the greatest history of anybody on the show, so… now that he’s doing his thing, it would be interesting to see how Clark and Superman feel about what James has been up to [as Guardian].”

    Gotham

    Penguin and Riddler reunite | It took a while, but Ed Nygma aka the Riddler (Cory Michael Smith) finally came face-to-face with Oswald aka Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor) when they were both kidnapped by the Court of Owls and held as prisoners in the same dungeon in this week’s episode. The way that the Gotham showrunners decided to show their unexpected reunion was perfect, using complete silence as the two men stared at each other for an extended period of time before Oswald suddenly (and unsuccessfully) tried to grab Nygma through the bars. The tension was thick, and there’s no telling where this former duo will go next. Will they work together to try and escape the Court’s prison? Or will their desire to kill the other win out, leading to a Penguin vs. Riddler face-off round two? No matter which direction they go, finally having these two fan-favorite characters sharing screen time is the right call after keeping them separate for so long. 

    The Flash

    RIP Iris? | They did it. They actually did it. After a whole half of a season of teasing Iris West’s (Candice Patton) impending death, The Flash played out Barry’s (Grant Gustin) future vision and worst nightmare of Savitar killing Iris in front of his eyes, and he was too slow to stop it. The writers made the right call in going through with what they promised and warned about. It would have been cheap to have any kind of last-minute saves by Barry and the STAR Labs team. But there’s no way that Iris is actually dead. After the way HR (Tom Cavanagh) was blaming himself for revealing Iris’ hiding spot to who he thought was Barry (but was actually Savitar), it’s pretty obvious that he took the Earth-2 tech that transforms a person into someone else to take Iris’ place as a way to finally make himself useful to the team. Remember how HR was supposed to be on the roof using the speed force bazooka, as Barry saw in his future vision? He was nowhere to be seen this time around. All clues seem to point to him utilizing the distraction of Barry using the speed force bazooka on Savitar to swap places with the real Iris, sacrificing himself to save her. That way The Flash can still deliver on its tragic promise while keeping Iris around. 

    Arrow

    All the pieces in place | All the news about returning faces and ultimate showdowns coming up in the finale may have spoiled the surprises in advance, but it didn’t make the journey getting to the final season five episode any less exciting. Black Siren (Katie Cassidy), aka Earth-2 Laurel Lance, was broken out of ARGUS prison thanks to some help from Adrian Chase (Josh Segarra). She immediately helped Chase, along with Talia al Ghul (Lexa Doig) and Evelyn Sharp (Madison McLaughlin), kidnap all the members of Team Arrow, leaving Oliver (Stephen Amell) on his own with no allies and nowhere to turn for help. So naturally, if he can’t rely on his team of heroes, his next best choice is assemble a team of villains. He built his team of Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman), Nyssa al Ghul (Katrina Law) and finally, in the last moment of this week’s episode, approached Slade Wilson aka Deathstroke (Manu Bennett) for help in taking down Chase once and for all. With everyone appropriately all on Lian Yu, the final battle is about to begin.

    Evenly matched | But at this point, it’s anyone’s fight. The finale battle teams are pretty stacked on both sides. The finale promo promises fights between Canaries as Black Siren faces off against Dinah (Juliana Harkavy). Whose canary cry will prevail? Both are series regulars next season, so it’s impossible to predict. As for the al Ghuls, the sister vs. sister showdown of Nyssa against Talia is also a toss-up. Both women were trained by their father for their entire lives, and we still don’t know their relationship with each other. But if Slade agrees to help Oliver (and doesn’t immediately stab him in the back), my money is on Team Oliver to pull the win. After all, if Oliver didn’t beat Prometheus in the end, there wouldn’t be much to see in season six, would there? Watch the trailer for the finale below:

    What do you think of all the shocking reveals on the DC Comics shows this week? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

    Gotham airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Fox; Supergirl airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on The CW; The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on The CW; and Arrow airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on The CW. Legends of Tomorrow will return for season three on The CW in the fall.

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    From: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/dc-tv-watch-supergirl-season-2-finale-superman-returns-1004804

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