Justice League’s telling reshoots involve Joss Whedon, more banter, absolutely no mustaches

Superman can do anything, it seems, but have a mustache.

Or to be more accurate, it’s Henry Cavill’s mustache that’s reportedly causing some problems for Warner Bros.’ upcoming Justice League movie, which is due to be released on November 17 but is nonetheless currently undergoing extensive reshoots (which are generally filmed to fix or replace scenes that aren’t working).

After initial filming on Justice League was complete, it seems that Cavill reasonably assumed he was done playing the smooth-jawed Man of Steel for a minute and grew out his facial hair for a part in the next Mission: Impossible movie.

According to a new Variety report, however, Justice League is being retooled so much — with an assist from The Avengers’ Joss Whedon, no less, now that director Zack Snyder has stepped away from the project to cope with his daughter’s recent death — that Warner Bros. has agreed to just digitally remove Cavill’s mustache from any reshot Justice League scenes rather than lose any more time.

That’s because, per one particularly amusing detail in Variety’s account of the situation, Mission: Impossible producer Paramount reportedly “would not allow Cavill to shave the facial hair while production was taking place.” (Just imagine the resulting negotiations for a second and tell me it’s not an outtake from the Coen brothers’ Hail Caesar.)

Many people have (rightfully) delighted in this detail as the hilarious one it is. Some are even imagining a brave new world in which Superman — not to mention fellow his Justice League teammates Wonder Woman, Batman, Aquaman, the Flash, and Cyborg — can both save the world and sport a bushy mustache.

But mostly this anecdote serves as a tangible example of just how hard Warner Bros. is scrambling to make sure Justice League succeeds, and the studio’s apparent belief that in order for the film to have a chance at that success, it requires an almost total tonal revamp.

Justice League’s reshoots — helmed by Joss Whedon — are reportedly trying to adjust the tone to be closer to Wonder Woman’s

As of this week, Wonder Woman has officially passed Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to become the summer’s biggest box office hit. That’s a huge boon for both DC Comics and Warner Bros., which may have found monetary success with Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad but were presumably unhappy with the overwhelmingly negative critical response they received. Both movies were slammed for their incoherent stories, their dedication to reimagining beloved comic stories in a relentlessly grim fashion, and their unyielding darkness (both figurative and literal).

Meanwhile, not only is Wonder Woman still tracking better than both of those films, but it’s also been met with widespread acclaim, with the character of Diana Prince inspiring huge cultural cachet and enthusiasm.

So it stands to reason that this success is a huge motivating factor for Warner Bros. to make sure its next DC Comics movie — Justice League — doesn’t squander the opportunity to draw in the fans that came out in such force for Wonder Woman, making the Gal Gadot film an undeniable, massive success.

It seems some adjustments were inevitable for Justice League after Whedon took over directing the project in March. But Variety reports that he is now taking on more than anyone could have anticipated as he carries Justice League over the finish line. (Whedon will not get a co-directing credit, though he may wind up with a producing or screenwriting credit like Tony Gilroy did when he took over the similarly extensive Rogue One reshoots for director Gareth Edwards.)

According to Variety, Warner Bros. is so dedicated to retooling Justice League that it’s devoted about $25 million to reshoots, versus the more typical $10 million or so. Sources tell Variety that Justice League’s reshoots are largely focusing on fixing some “connective tissue” in bigger set piece battles and “punching up” the dialogue to be a little pithier. Both of these tasks land firmly within Whedon’s usual wheelhouse — as we’ve seen at Marvel, where his bantering and bombastic take on The Avengers became the linchpin for the studio’s ongoing web of interlocking superhero stories.

All of this suggests that Warner Bros. wants Justice League to look less like the grim wars of Batman v Superman and more like The Avengers — or the buoyant Wonder Woman. In fact, some people, like Vulture’s Kyle Buchanan, have even noted that the most recent Justice League trailer, released last weekend at Comic-Con, is literally lighter than the first, seemingly to bring Snyder’s direction out of its preferred shadows.

But with Justice League’s release date holding firm in November — just a few months away! — how much can it really change? We may never truly know what the film originally looked like, but it will at least be fascinating to see what the combination of Snyder and Whedon’s perspectives will do for this next critical step in the DC-Warner Bros. superhero universe.


Corrected to reflect that Cyborg, not Cyclops, is part of the Justice League.

From: https://www.vox.com/culture/2017/7/25/16022808/justice-league-reshoots-superman-mustache

New Justice League Trailer Hints at the Appearance of a Mysterious Hero

San Diego Comic-Con, and though we don’t see him, the footage suggests Superman might be back.

Alfred (Jeremy Irons) is holding down the fort for Batman (Ben Affleck) while the Justice League is out, and he looks up from his work.

“He said you’d come,” he says to the unseen person. “Let’s hope it’s not too late.”

Considering Batman v Superman director Zack Snyder teased at last year’s Comic-Con that Superman would return despite seemingly dying at the end of that film, that mysterious figure could be Superman himself. Or does the reflection in Alfred’s eye indicate a Green Lantern is paying a visit?

The footage also teased a return to Themyscira, where we first ventured in Wonder Woman. Some evil spirit lands in Diana’s homeland, to her mother’s surprise.

MORE: What to Know About Justice League Villain Steppenwolf

The cast was overjoyed by the footage. A barefooted Jason Momoa (Aquaman) broke his chair, slamming it on the ground out of excitement. Meanwhile, Ben Affleck enthused, “How many people in their life get to come to Hall H and say that I’m Batman?”

The cast members employed different strategies when it came to the Superman secret.

When a little boy asked the panel where Superman is, Momoa replied, “I don’t know if your parents showed you the last movie, but Superman’s dead” to laughs.

MORE: Ben Affleck Shuts Down Rumors That He’s Leaving Batman

Gadot was determined to be a little kinder to the boy.

“If you’re a big fan of Superman, you’re going to be very, very happy,” she revealed.

The footage reassured fans that the movie was on track.

Zack Snyder relinquished his position as director on the movie, set to premiere on Nov. 17, after a personal tragedy. Since then, Avengers director Joss Whedon has taken over the project and is skipping Comic-Con in order to finish editing the film.

The two directors have very different styles — Snyder’s movies tend to be darker, Whedon’s quippier — so it’s unclear whether Justice League will prove more like the dour Batman v Superman or lighter like the quippy Marvel movies.

MORE: Jason Momoa Just Revealed Who He’ll Be Fighting in the Aquaman Movie

One thing is for sure: Whedon and Warner Bros. are doing their best to capitalize on Wonder Woman’s box office success by shining a light on the heroine in the ensemble film.

From: http://time.com/4867628/justice-league-trailer-comic-con/

New Justice League Trailer Hints at the Appearance of a Mysterious Hero

San Diego Comic-Con, and though we don’t see him, the footage suggests Superman might be back.

Alfred (Jeremy Irons) is holding down the fort for Batman (Ben Affleck) while the Justice League is out, and he looks up from his work.

“He said you’d come,” he says to the unseen person. “Let’s hope it’s not too late.”

Considering Batman v Superman director Zack Snyder teased at last year’s Comic-Con that Superman would return despite seemingly dying at the end of that film, that mysterious figure could be Superman himself. Or does the reflection in Alfred’s eye indicate a Green Lantern is paying a visit?

The footage also teased a return to Themyscira, where we first ventured in Wonder Woman. Some evil spirit lands in Diana’s homeland, to her mother’s surprise.

MORE: What to Know About Justice League Villain Steppenwolf

The cast was overjoyed by the footage. A barefooted Jason Momoa (Aquaman) broke his chair, slamming it on the ground out of excitement. Meanwhile, Ben Affleck enthused, “How many people in their life get to come to Hall H and say that I’m Batman?”

The cast members employed different strategies when it came to the Superman secret.

When a little boy asked the panel where Superman is, Momoa replied, “I don’t know if your parents showed you the last movie, but Superman’s dead” to laughs.

MORE: Ben Affleck Shuts Down Rumors That He’s Leaving Batman

Gadot was determined to be a little kinder to the boy.

“If you’re a big fan of Superman, you’re going to be very, very happy,” she revealed.

The footage reassured fans that the movie was on track.

Zack Snyder relinquished his position as director on the movie, set to premiere on Nov. 17, after a personal tragedy. Since then, Avengers director Joss Whedon has taken over the project and is skipping Comic-Con in order to finish editing the film.

The two directors have very different styles — Snyder’s movies tend to be darker, Whedon’s quippier — so it’s unclear whether Justice League will prove more like the dour Batman v Superman or lighter like the quippy Marvel movies.

MORE: Jason Momoa Just Revealed Who He’ll Be Fighting in the Aquaman Movie

One thing is for sure: Whedon and Warner Bros. are doing their best to capitalize on Wonder Woman’s box office success by shining a light on the heroine in the ensemble film.

From: http://time.com/4867628/justice-league-trailer-comic-con/

DC Comics Gives DEATH AND RETURN OF SUPERMAN an Animated Movie

Remember how Superman fought Doomsday and “died” at the end of Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice, even though we all know he’ll be coming back for Justice League? Longtime comic book fans know that this was a reference to the 1994 storyline Death And Return Of Superman, one of the most iconic moments in recent DC Comics history. Now the beloved comic arc is getting a brand new new adaptation that promises to be more faithful than previous iterations, just in time for the arc’s 25th anniversary.

Of course, the reveal of a new Death and Return was just one of several film announcements made at the Batman and Harley Quinn premiere Friday night at San Diego Comic-Con. As Nerdist has previously reported, first up in 2018 will be Gotham By Gaslight, an animated adaptation of the classic 1989 Elseworlds title that featured a Victorian-era Batman tracking down Jack the Ripper. A write-up on the official DC website notes that the comic was only 48 pages long at the time, meaning that the movie will have to expand beyond the story of the original source material.

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That spring will see the release of Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay, which will be the first Suicide Squad-focused film to be set within the DC Universe Original Movies continuity (unlike 2014’s Batman: Assault on Arkham, which was actually a part of the Arkham video game franchise). According to DC, it will have a completely original story not adapted from a comic, and will feature an “amazing” voice cast, although no names have been revealed yet. Finally, the first part of Superman’s story, Death of Superman, will be released at the end of 2018, with the follow-up film Reign Of The Supermen (likely named for the gaggle of Superman-pretenders who tried to take over after his passing in the comic) set for early 2019.

Interestingly enough, this is not the first animated DC film to feature the Death and Return storyline; Superman: Doomsday, the very first DC Universe Original Movie released in 2007, condensed the whole story into a single movie runtime and cut out many fan-favorite moments of the original comic — although it did manage to keep in Superman’s badass black costume and his hilarious ’90s mullet, so there’s that.

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Who doesn’t love a good mullet, I ask you?

Hair choices aside, it’s currently unclear currently whether the new Death of Superman and Reign Of The Supermen will completely wipe Superman: Doomsday out of the DC Universe Original Movie canon, or if they’ll figure out a way to make sure both stories work together. Given how committed DC seems to creating a more lavish adaptation this time around, I strongly doubt the latter, but you never know!

Which DC animated movie are you most excited to see in 2018? I’m a sucker for a well-done Superman, but I’ve gotta admit, seeing Mike Mignola’s artwork brought to life in a Gotham By Gaslight adaptation sounds groovy. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, and keep checking in for more SDCC news at Nerdist!

 

From: http://nerdist.com/death-and-return-of-superman-will-get-animated-movie-dc-comics/

DC Comics boss: Superman, Dr. Manhattan integral to Doomsday …

Geoff Johns was an acclaimed writer for DC Comics long before he rose to prominence as a creative force in the big-screen DC Extended Universe. Now the president and chief creative officer of DC Entertainment, Johns has an active role in upcoming films like Justice LeagueAquaman, and The Flash. But at his Spotlight panel on Thursday at the San Diego Comic-Con, Johns kept the focus on comic books and teased his ambitious new 12-part series, Doomsday Clock, which follows last year’s massive DC Rebirth special, promises to bring the characters from the Alan Moore/Dave Gibbons masterwork Watchmen into the mainstream DC universe.

Seriously, it’s ambitious: Johns described it as “a comic book that encompasses everything from Action Comics #1 in 1938, all the way until today, and it leads the DC universe into tomorrow.”

Much of the buzz coming out of Rebirth focused on the apparent return of Dr. Manhattan, and Johns confirmed that the character would have a key role in Doomsday Clock. “You don’t want to just do a cameo. It’s not a gimmick. I don’t want to have Dr. Manhattan show up for the end of Rebirth, and then he’s in two pages of a book later on.” Johns teased Dr. Manhattan’s arc by contrasting his appearance in Rebirth with the return of Wally West. For Johns, West symbolizes the return of heart and hope to the DC Universe. Whereas: “If there’s one being out there that could mess with time in such a radical way and challenge hope, I just felt like Dr. Manhattan was it.”

Doomsday Clock will be drawn by Gary Frank and will kick off with a first issue releasing Thanksgiving week. Johns explained that Doomsday Clock #1 will begin one year after the current DC continuity, but all comics in the line will catch up to the story by issue #12.

In lieu of a traditional preview, DC co-publisher Dan DiDio played a game with Johns, flashing single panels from Doomsday on screen. Some were abstract: a close-up on a woman, a fence cut open, a car stopped in the middle of a road. But there was one panel that showed a close-up of a sign that reads, “THE END IS HERE” — a reference to a sign that the Watchmen character Rorschach carried around in his civilian identity. (Rorschach’s sign actually said “THE END IS NIGH,” so things have trended downwards.)

And when another panel showed the familiar Daily Planet sign atop a building in Metropolis, Dan Didio asked Johns: “Is Superman integral to the story?”

“He is the story,” Johns explained, with no follow-up.

Well, some follow-up. The panel debuted a promotional image of several heavy-hitter DC superheroes — Wonder Woman, Superman, Batman, the Flash, a couple of Green Lanterns — emblazoned with the phrase, “WHO WATCHES THE WATCHMEN?”

And Johns also mentioned a scene from Doomsday Clock he was especially proud of. “I love seeing the smartest man from one world talking to the smartest man from another,” he said, smiling. “The smartest man from this world, DC, is Lex Luthor. That’s all I’ll say.”

It’s an easy guess that the smartest man from another world is Ozymandias, a.k.a. Adrian Veidt, described in Watchmen as the world’s smartest man. Left up to the imagination: whether Veidt and Luthor are working together or against each other.

Doomsday Clock debuts Thanksgiving week.

From: http://ew.com/books/2017/07/20/comic-con-watchmen-doomsday-clock-geoff-johns/

DC Comics boss: Superman, Dr. Manhattan integral to ‘Doomsday Clock’

Geoff Johns was an acclaimed writer for DC Comics long before he rose to prominence as a creative force in the big-screen DC Extended Universe. Now the president and chief creative officer of DC Entertainment, Johns has an active role in upcoming films like Justice LeagueAquaman, and The Flash. But at his Spotlight panel on Thursday at the San Diego Comic-Con, Johns kept the focus on comic books and teased his ambitious new 12-part series, Doomsday Clock, which follows last year’s massive DC Rebirth special, promises to bring the characters from the Alan Moore/Dave Gibbons masterwork Watchmen into the mainstream DC universe.

Seriously, it’s ambitious: Johns described it as “a comic book that encompasses everything from Action Comics #1 in 1938, all the way until today, and it leads the DC universe into tomorrow.”

Much of the buzz coming out of Rebirth focused on the apparent return of Dr. Manhattan, and Johns confirmed that the character would have a key role in Doomsday Clock. “You don’t want to just do a cameo. It’s not a gimmick. I don’t want to have Dr. Manhattan show up for the end of Rebirth, and then he’s in two pages of a book later on.” Johns teased Dr. Manhattan’s arc by contrasting his appearance in Rebirth with the return of Wally West. For Johns, West symbolizes the return of heart and hope to the DC Universe. Whereas: “If there’s one being out there that could mess with time in such a radical way and challenge hope, I just felt like Dr. Manhattan was it.”

Doomsday Clock will be drawn by Gary Frank and will kick off with a first issue releasing Thanksgiving week. Johns explained that Doomsday Clock #1 will begin one year after the current DC continuity, but all comics in the line will catch up to the story by issue #12.

In lieu of a traditional preview, DC co-publisher Dan DiDio played a game with Johns, flashing single panels from Doomsday on screen. Some were abstract: a close-up on a woman, a fence cut open, a car stopped in the middle of a road. But there was one panel that showed a close-up of a sign that reads, “THE END IS HERE” — a reference to a sign that the Watchmen character Rorschach carried around in his civilian identity. (Rorschach’s sign actually said “THE END IS NIGH,” so things have trended downwards.)

And when another panel showed the familiar Daily Planet sign atop a building in Metropolis, Dan Didio asked Johns: “Is Superman integral to the story?”

“He is the story,” Johns explained, with no follow-up.

Well, some follow-up. The panel debuted a promotional image of several heavy-hitter DC superheroes — Wonder Woman, Superman, Batman, the Flash, a couple of Green Lanterns — emblazoned with the phrase, “WHO WATCHES THE WATCHMEN?”

And Johns also mentioned a scene from Doomsday Clock he was especially proud of. “I love seeing the smartest man from one world talking to the smartest man from another,” he said, smiling. “The smartest man from this world, DC, is Lex Luthor. That’s all I’ll say.”

It’s an easy guess that the smartest man from another world is Ozymandias, a.k.a. Adrian Veidt, described in Watchmen as the world’s smartest man. Left up to the imagination: whether Veidt and Luthor are working together or against each other.

Doomsday Clock debuts Thanksgiving week.

From: http://ew.com/books/2017/07/20/comic-con-watchmen-doomsday-clock-geoff-johns/

Superman Henry Cavill Justice League Costume Revealed At … – Cosmic Book News

The Justice League movie Hot Toys figures are unveiled at this week’s Comic-Con where we see what appears to be a brighter and more colorful costume for Henry Cavill’s Superman!

The Hot Toys figures are pretty much on par with their movie counterparts, so it’s likely we’ll see this exact Superman costume in the Justice League movie worn by Henry Cavill.

I know a lot of fans wanted a change from the darker version of the Superman costume from Man of Steel and Batman vs. Superman, so it looks like WB is listening. This may also mean they might be tweaking the Henry Cavill Superman from the Zack Snyder “EMO” Superman to the one fans are more familiar with–similar to the comics and the Christopher Reeve version.

Of course the question remains, just how does Henry Cavill and Superman return in Justice League? By all accounts and speculation, it seems as if Superman might be returning in Justice League in the film’s third act, potentially aiding the Justice League against Steppenwolf and his horde of Parademons. 

There has also been another fan theory that Henry Cavill and Superman may actually return as an evil version of himself, perhaps under the control of Steppenwolf or even Darkseid.

I know a lot of fans are also speculating Superman may return in Justice League with the black costume and a beard, but that remains to be seen as well.

Check out the Justice League Superman costume and the Justice League Hot Toys from Comic-Con below. Looks pretty sweet! 

What’s also interesting about the pics is that the heads for both The Flash and Aquaman are missing, which could mean either they are not finished yet, or possibly they want to keep the head of the costumes under wraps for some reason.

Superman from Justice League revealed by Hot Toys at #sdcc. Costume looks great.

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JUSTICE LEAGUE Hot Toys at the Sideshow booth at #sdcc!!!!

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Check out the massive Hot Toys Batmobile from Justice League on display at #sdcc. Looks amazing

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“Justice League” has a November 17, 2017 release directed by Zack Snyder starring Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon and Willem Dafoe an Atlantean, Nuidis Vulko.

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.

From: http://www.cosmicbooknews.com/superman-henry-cavill-justice-league-costume-revealed-comic-con-through-hot-toys

The Justice League Cartoon Just Shaded Batman v Superman

Plenty of fans had a field day picking apart Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, though you probably didn’t expect Justice League Action to join in on the fun

In the “It’s A Trap!” episode, Lex Luthor lures Superman into a trap, complete with Kryptonite gas and a customized weapon (via Reddit). As Luthor explains his strategy, he reveals the weapon he will kill Superman with, which is a wooden bat with kryptonite rocks and nails in it.

Superman is not impressed, saying, “You made a bat? You just lodged a chunk of kryptonite into a stick.”

This is, of course, a reference to Batman V Superman, which had Batman crafting a special weapon to take down Superman. That weapon turned out to be a spear with a kryptonite tip, not something very practical for battling someone who can fly and move at super speeds.

You can watch the full clip above.

You can find the description for Justice League Action below.

Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman lead the DC Comics Super Heroes against their most infamous foes in adventures packed with relentless thrills, fun and action. No need to wait for the good stuff to start, each eleven-minute episode jumps in with lightning-paced action and heroics. Whether defending the Earth, facing invaders from space, or battling the bizarre forces of magic, the always-rotating team of Justice League heroes, are up to any challenge.”

Justice League Action stars Kevin Conroy (Batman), Jason J. Lewis (Superman), Rachel Kimsey (Wonder Woman), Khary Payton (Cyborg), P.J. Byrne (Firestorm), Stephen Tobolowsky (Professor Martin Stein), Mark Hamill (Swamp Thing), Lacey Chabert (Zatanna), Chris Diamantopoulos (Green Arrow), Damian O’Hare (John Constantine), James Woods (Lex Luthor), Dana Snyder (Plastic Man), Tara Strong (Harley Quinn), Troy Baker (Hawkman), John DiMaggio (Lobo), Patton Oswalt (Space Cabbie), Jerry O’Connell (Ray Palmer), Booster Gold (Diedrich Bader), and Sean Astin (Billy Batson).

As for the DCEU side of things, Justice League is up next, and you can find the description for the film below.

In Justice League, 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.

Justice League lands in theaters on November 17, 2017.

MORE JUSTICE LEAGUE: Steppenwolf Action Figure Gives Best Look Yet At Villain / Which DCEU Films Could Take WB’s 2020 Release Dates? / Ray Fisher Reveals New Look At Cyborg Action Figure

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From: http://comicbook.com/dc/2017/07/18/justice-league-action-batman-v-superman-joke/

Superman Reborn (Comic) Review

Mr. Mxyzptlk is one of those odd Superman bad guys who has not only lasted since his first appearance way back in 1944, but has also squirreled away a small amount of real estate within the hearts of many comic book fans. This beloved response likely comes from his stint in animation, especially when he showed up in the 1970’s Super Friends. Almost as odd as his yellow and purple outfit is the fact that his name has been pronounced differently throughout his villainous career. This 5th dimension imp is super powerful, and is constantly giving Superman fits. Things are no different for Superman in the mini-series Superman Reborn.

Superman Reborn is a four issue series that bounces back and forth between Superman #18-19 and Superman Action Comics #975-976. The story begins in Hamilton County, at the quiet home of Clark, Lois, and their son Jon. However, this idyllic scenario takes a turn for the worse when the ‘other’ Clark Kent comes snooping around. When Superman, Lois, and Jon go searching for the ‘other’ Clark, things begin to change. Jon slowly starts to disappear. As Superman tries to save his son, Jon completely disappears not only from their home, but from their photo albums. It’s as if he never existed. As Superman and Lois delve deeper into finding their son, they are transported to a wild world full of candy canes, unicorns, gumballs, and one irritated imp known as Mr. Mxyzptlk. He holds the key to Superman and Lois getting their son back. Unfortunately for the Man of Steel, he’ll have to jump through all Mr. Mxyzptlk’s hoops if he ever wants to see Jon again.

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Superman Reborn is a joyous romp. Writers Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason, and Dan Jurgens do a superb job bringing back one of Superman’s most peculiar yet enjoyable villains. The world the writers have created for Mxyzptlk is an incredibly creative tour de force. It exposes readers to a unique, bizarre, and fun dimension, something completely different than Superman’s world. It was a refreshing mini-series, giving a different villainous plot for Superman to navigate through. Lately, it’s been the Last Son of Krypton taking on Doomsday, the Eradicator, and Lex Luthor. It’s good to see Tomasi, Gleason, and Jurgens bringing back one of Superman’s favoured, if not highly used, supervillains.

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Doug Mahnke and Patrick Gleason tackle the illustrations in Superman Reborn. The two excel at bringing to life the world of Mr. Mxyzptlk. They also create an imp who is at times humorous but at other times downright frightening. Mahnke crafts one terrific sequence where Superman goes splash page by splash page through his own rogues gallery—Lex, Bizarro, Brainiac, Mongul, Parasite, Cyborg Superman, and Doomsday. That is until he meets the real culprit of this son’s abduction: Mr. Mxyzptlk.

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One of the central themes of Superman Reborn is the idea that Superman is as tied to his villains as he is to his own family. This may not be a connection he wants, but Mxyzptlk’s main act of vengeance against the Man of Steel is because of their connection, or lack thereof. As villains like the Joker and Bane exist because of Batman, so too do Superman’s villains.

The other theme emerging from Superman Reborn is a significant act between the past and present—The New 52 and Rebirth. While writing anything more would give away too many spoilers, let’s just say Superman will have to connect with someone he never would have believed from the past.

From: http://www.cgmagonline.com/reviews/superman-reborn-dc-dcu-rebirth-comic-review/

Comic Book Review – Superman: Action Comics – The Rebirth …

Ricky Church reviews Superman: Action Comics – The Rebirth Deluxe Collection Book 1…

In these stories from ACTION COMICS #957-966 and JUSTICE LEAGUE #52, collected for the first time in hardcover, Superman returns to Metropolis just in time to meet the city’s newest protector: Lex Luthor. But the dueling titans soon meet someone unexpected: Clark Kent! Can these enemies put aside their differences and face the common threat of Doomsday, as Jimmy Olsen tries to uncover the truth of Clark Kent’s identity.

When DC rebooted their comic line last year, they made a bold choice to kill off The New 52 Superman and bring back the original Superman from before The New 52, complete with his marriage to Lois Lane and even their 10 year old son, Jonathan. The New 52’s Superman and Action Comics weren’t always well received by fans, so DC went to veteran Superman writer Dan Jurgens to usher in this new era of the Man of Steel.

Jurgens’ return to Superman in Action Comics is a cause for much celebration. Throughout Superman: Action Comics – The Rebirth Deluxe Collection Book 1, which collects the first two trade paperback volumes in one (issues #957 – 966, as well as the final issue of New 52’s Justice League), Jurgens shows an incredible understanding of Superman, his supporting characters and the world he inhabits. His Superman is compassionate and intelligent, but not afraid to enter a fight if lives are on the line and uses his intellect to outsmart his opponents and which powers work best.

Superman is a well rounded character in this book, but Jurgens adds a new layer to the superhero with the addition of his son. Jon may not get as much time in the story as he does in the Superman title, but Jurgens uses him to great effect in examining how Lois and Clark adjust to parenting and pass on their wisdom. Lois in particular gets some pretty stellar moments with Jon gets the best depiction she’s had in a long time.

Book 1 collects three stories that build nicely off each other. ‘Path of Doom’ is the main story that sees Superman fight Doomsday in Metropolis, and not the New 52 version, but somehow the original version of the monster. Its funny to see Jurgens writing yet another big fight between the two titans, given that he wrote the original Death of Superman and Return of Superman (he even includes some fun nods to the original stories), but he still makes it seem fresh by adding several new wrinkles to the conflict. Its got some great action beats as several heroes go up against Doomsday and introduces the mysterious new Clark Kent as well as touching on the larger mystery surrounding DC Rebirth.

The other two stories see Superman investigating the Clark Kent doppelganger and Lois trying to figure out what happened to The New 52 version of herself. ‘Lois Lane, Back at the Planet’ actually comes pretty close to topping ‘Path of Doom’ with its spotlight on Lois. Its great to see her back in action working at the Planet and Jurgens captures her voice very well. Her relationships with Clark, Jon and the other characters are a highlight of the book and her feisty attitude brings back something that was sorely missing from Superman stories. For those who bemoaned the loss of their marriage in The New 52, you should be very happy with how significant their relationship is played up.

The artwork is pretty great all round. Patch Zircher, Tyler Kirkham and Stephen Segovia contributed to the artwork and each created some very impressive imagery, particularly during ‘Path of Doom’. The action is well choreographed and easy to follow, but they also do quite well at the quieter emotional moments in the stories. The facial expressions are detailed and evocative and the colours from Tomeu Morey, Ulises Arreola, Arif Prianto and Gabe Eltaeb are vibrant and pop off the page. Superman – Action Comics has a lot of great imagery from start to finish. Included is a collection of variant covers and a few sketches. While it’s a nice addition, there probably could have been some more sketches, especially on Superman and Lex Luthor’s redesigns.

Superman fans will rejoice at seeing the Man of Steel return to his former glory. Jurgens places a lot of emphasis on the characters and their development just as much as he does on the action while the art is one of the books best aspects. Fans will not be disappointed in getting this nice DC Rebirth collection.

Rating: 9/10

Ricky Church

From: https://www.flickeringmyth.com/2017/07/comic-book-review-superman-action-comics-the-rebirth-deluxe-collection-book-1/

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