Why it matters that the National Film Registry added the Christopher Reeve ‘Superman’


Christopher Reeve as Superman. (Courtesy of Warner Bros./DC Entertainment)

FROM “STAR WARS” to “Superman,” so much of what dominates the multiplex this holiday season was born of the late-1970s boom of the modern blockbuster. And on Wednesday, the Library of Congress recognized part of that achievement and influence.

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden has announced the 25 latest films to join the National Film Registry, including brilliant works featuring Kirk Douglas, Sidney Poitier, Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn and Kevin Costner — and two titles from director Richard Donner: 1978’s “Superman” and 1985’s “The Goonies.”

In a class that includes “Titanic,” “Dumbo” and “Gentleman’s Agreement,” it’s significant that “Superman” is included. Not only did Donner’s superhero debut kick off several waves of superhero cinema; such films as last month’s “Justice League” (featuring Henry Cavill as the Man of Steel) would likely not exist without Donner’s breakthrough smash featuring Christopher Reeve.

The 1978 film was not the cinematic debut of Superman, of course. As the library notes, the DC Comics character — created just as the storm clouds of World War II were gathering — had been depicted on the big screen by Kirk Alyn in a 1948 serialization, and George Reeves (played by Ben Affleck in “Hollywoodland”) donned Superman’s cape on screens big and small.

But Donner’s sense of story and demand for great special effects, paired with Reeve’s winning, sometimes screwball-comedy charm, elevated the movie. “Superman” even became the rare superhero film to win an Oscar, for special achievement in visual effects. (It was also nominated for sound, editing and John Williams’s rousing score.)

The Superman sequels would bring diminishing aesthetic returns, but the DC Comics flag had been firmly planted in filmgoers’ minds, till director Tim Burton’s “Batman” visions could be realized a decade later.

And even though Cavill and Brandon Routh have played the Son of Krypton since, Reeve has not been eclipsed — even for some writers of the Superman comics.

“I remember watching ‘Superman’ over and over on VHS as a kid,” Gene Luen Yang (“New Superman”) tells The Post’s Comic Riffs.

“Christopher Reeve played the part with so much conviction that it seemed effortless,” continues Yang, who is also the Library of Congress’s national ambassador for young people’s literature. “To this day, when I close my eyes and imagine Superman, it’s his face that I see.”

Hayden will appear on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) tonight at 8 E.T. with critic Leonard Maltin to discuss the registry’s new selections.

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Review – Superman: Action Comics #993: Booster Gold!

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EXCLUSIVE: Booster Gold Joins Superman for a Trip to Krypton in Action Comics #993

Reeling from the recent revelation of Mr. Oz’s true identity, Superman’s life has been turned upside down. How can he be a beacon of hope when his belief in himself and his purpose on Earth is faltering? The answers he so desperately needs elude him no matter where he turns. Something has tampered with time.

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The Man of Steel decides that the only way to to get the answers he needs is to go back to the start. Using the Flash’s cosmic treadmill, the Man of Steel journey’s back in time to witness a personal and universal tragedy…the destruction of Krypton!

CBR has your exclusive first look at DC Comics’ Action Comics #993, with story pencil art by Dan Jurgens and finished ink art by Joe Prado Cam Smith. In stores December 13th, 2017.

Action Comics #993

  • Dan Jurgens (w/a/c) • Joe Prado Cam Smith (a)
  • Variant Cover: Francis Manapul
  • “BOOSTER SHOT” part one! As Superman struggles to cope with Mr. Oz’s true identity, the Man of Steel turns to the only “hero” he knows who can prove once and for all if Oz’s story is true: Booster Gold! But a massive power doesn’t want our heroes venturing through time, and will do anything it can to sabotage their journey!
  • Rating: Teen
  • In Shops: December 13th, 2017
  • SRP: $2.99

From: https://www.cbr.com/exclusive-action-comics-993/

Superman’s first appearance comic book at auction | Daily Mail Online

  • The comic is a 1938 copy of Action Comics #1
  • It’s claimed to be in ‘fine/very fine condition’
  • Another copy of the same comic book fetched $3 million at auction in 2014 

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Just ahead of the 80th anniversary of his debut, Clark Kent’s making headlines, and this time it isn’t from his day job at the Daily Planet.

A rare comic book featuring Superman lifting a car over his head from 1938 is headed to auction on December 19 in Los Angeles. 

The comic, Action Comics #1, is anticipated to sell for a large sum, estimated to be in the $800,000 to $1.2 million range.

Profiles in History, an auction house that specializes in collectibles from old Hollywood and historical documents, claims that the comic is in ‘fine/very fine’ condition.

The rare comic, dating to 1938, shows Superman lifting a car in vivid color. The comic could fetch up to $1.2 million at auction in December

The rare comic, dating to 1938, shows Superman lifting a car in vivid color. The comic could fetch up to $1.2 million at auction in December

The copy in question is rare because it is what’s known as a silver print – these comics are exceedingly rare because in the 1930s, publishers would create black and white copies of the comics for artists to fill in themselves – making the copy going to auction one-of-a-kind. 

‘This is one of the rarest, most historically significant items we’ve offered,’ said Stephen Fishler, founder and co-owner of ComicConnect.com.

Only around 100 original copies of Action Comics #1 are estimated to be extant –  they’re significant because they’re Superman’s first appearance in comic books. In 2014, a copy of Action Comics #1 sold for more than $3 million at auction – the only comic book to have attained such a high price.

Despite being nearly 80 years old, Superman will make his next appearance on the silver screen this week in Justice League. 


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‘Justice League’ Originally Featured Superman’s Black Suit, But Gave Us That Weird CGI Face Instead

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At this point, it’s safe to say Justice League is a misfire. Critics didn’t care for it, it underperformed at the box office to the point that it’s caused a shake-up behind the scenes at Warner Bros., and all anyone wanted to talk about was Henry Cavill‘s weird CGI face hiding his mustache. As rumors abound about deleted scenes, cinematographer Fabian Wagner confirms that the film originally featured Superman black suit scenes, recalling the outfit used for Superman’s resurrection in the comic books following The Death of Superman arc. At some point, this idea got scrapped. Sorry, everyone. More details about the Superman black suit in Justice League are below. 

As I sat in the theater watching Justice League, only one thought came to mind: “The only thing that could improve this movie would be a scene where Superman shows up wearing a black suit instead of his traditional blue one.” Okay, I’m lying, I didn’t think that at all. But some hardcore Superman fans had long hoped that when Henry Cavill’s Man of Steel returned from the grave, he’d slap on the famous black suit that appeared one point in the comics. And it seems this wasn’t just a fan dream: scenes involving the Superman’s black suit were actually filmed. At least that’s what Justice League cinematographer Fabian Wagner claims. Speaking with The Inverse, Wagner said “There were [scenes shot]…It’s a cool looking costume. Sadly, we didn’t see that either in the final cut.”

Superman’s black suit has a basis in the comics. After the character returned from the dead as part of the Death of Superman arc, he adopted a cape-free black suit with a big silver shield. He also let his hair grow wild and long, because when you come back from the dead you’re allowed to get a little carefree. Here’s an image that confirms all these silly things I’m saying:

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Alas, Superman’s black suit was just not to be. It ended up on the digital cutting room floor, like apparently so many other scenes did. As Wagner also confirms (and what everyone knows by this point): there are “quite a few scenes” that didn’t make it into the theatrical cut of Justice League, and that reshoots drastically altered the film over time. I’m sure there are plenty of Superman fans who bemoaning this news, but if you honestly think a scene giving Superman a different suit would’ve improved Justice League, I don’t really know what to tell you. The film had plenty of problems, but Superman’s costume wasn’t one of them. That said, maybe the scenes with Superman’s black suit will turn up on the Blu-ray release and give fans the alternate costuming they crave.

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How Did Superman Return From the Dead in Comics? | CBR

One of the worst-kept secrets of director Zack Snyder’s Justice League is that Superman returns from the grave, following his sacrifice in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Comics fans are accustomed to superheroes coming back from the dead, so it’s no big surprise, but how he comes back is still a mystery. Of course, the Man of Steel also famously died in comic books 25 years ago, so we thought it would be worthwhile to revisit Superman’s resurrection in the comics, to see whethre any of the same machinations of his return will also occur in the film.

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After Superman died fighting against the horrific monster known as Doomsday, DC Comics’ Superman titles quickly began to address how the world reacted to his death with “Funeral for a Friend.” It was a depressing series of issues, made even more so because it ended with Superman’s adopted father, Jonathan Kent, collapsing of a heart attack, right before the books then took a three-month hiatus, leaving Pa Kent’s fate a mystery. The story then picked up in Adventures of Superman #500 (the last issue written by Jerry Ordway, who was the sole remaining creator from the reboot of the Man of Steel in 1986). Pa Kent is in some version of the afterlife, where he encounters his adopted son and decides that rather than head back to his own life, he will instead risk everything to save his son. Jonathan then travels through a series of encounters with the horrors of his past (fighting in the war as a young man) and Kryptonian demons before ultimately getting Superman to agree to fight to live again. The two men then choose to forgo “going into the light” and instead try to return to the land of the living together.

Jonathan then awakens in a hospital, having seemingly been shocked back to life, with his experience chalked to a dream. However, he is convincing enough that Lois Lane flies back to Metropolis and checks out Superman’s tomb … and discovers that his body is not there!

RELATED: Justice League Will Feature the ‘True’ Superman, Cavill Says

That, of course, then led into the storyline known as the “Reign of the Supermen,” in which three of four new characters arrived, claiming they were a returned Superman, in a fashion (one of them, John Henry Irons, only claimed he was carrying on Superman’s legacy as a superhero. One of them claimed to be a cyborg version of Superman, as his original body had been too badly damaged by Doomsday. Another claimed to be a clone of the original Superman. The final one claimed that he had been changed by death into becoming more of a ruthless vigilante.

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Well, that’s a bummer: a black-suited Superman was filmed but not used in Justice League

Mild spoilers for Justice League ahead!

Although he perished at the end of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, pretty much everyone knew the last son of Krypton was coming back for Justice League. In the comics, Superman dies at the hands of Doomsday only to come back a year later with a sweet new jet-black costume – so naturally fans expected the same to happen in the films. Only… it didn’t. Why?

Speaking to Inverse, Justice League cinematographer Fabian Wagner said that scenes featuring Superman in his black suit were indeed filmed, but were not used in the final cut. “It’s a cool looking costume. Sadly, we didn’t see that either in the final cut,” Wagner said. “Zack takes his time with telling the stories, and I’ve always liked that about his movies. There are a few scenes that I was very much looking forward to seeing which unfortunately got cut.”

It’s interesting Wagner specifically calls out Zack Snyder, who helmed Justice League until a family tragedy resulted in his replacement by Joss Whedon. There’s a lot of discontent rumbling over how much of the movie is Snyder’s work and how much is Whedon’s (and whose approach is better), so Wagner mentioning the former but not the latter may pour some gasoline on that forum fire.

While I think the odds of a ‘Zack Snyder cut’ version of the movie happening are miniscule (despite a Change.org petition which now has upward of 150k signatures), I admit that I would like to see the so-very-90s black suit on film. Preferably with Cavill sporting a flowing mullet, as is true to the comics.

Of course, maybe you liked Justice League as it is. That’s fine too! If that’s the case, maybe you can answer the questions we still have, or discuss the implication of the Justice League post-credits scene?

From: http://www.gamesradar.com/well-thats-a-bummer-a-black-suited-superman-was-filmed-but-not-used-in-justice-league/

Batman And Superman Build A Friendship In This Week’s Best New Comics

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With their run on Batman, Tom King and Mikel Janin have delved into issues of great seriousness and explored the psyches of supervillains. And now, with Batman #36, out today from DC Comics, they explore a problem not even Batman is prepared for: the couples’ outing with your coworker!

Joking aside, King and Janin are going lighter here, obviously, but the issue touches on deeper, more relatable concerns. King and Janin contrast how Superman and Batman view each other. They’re both orphans, and both are at once impressed and intimidated with how the other has constructively dealt with their pain to become heroes. And there’s the other aspect, of course, considering Batman is engaged to Catwoman and Superman is married to, and has a son with, intrepid reporter Lois Lane. We’ve talked before about how Superman is such a contrast to Batman he’s practically a Batman villain, but this issue highlights just why they’d be, however awkwardly, friends.

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Sleepless #1, Image Comics

The publication of The Silmarillion was the worst thing to ever happen to fantasy. The fantasy genre’s obsession with world-building, at the expense of those living in it, is especially glaring in comic books. Sarah Vaughn and Leila De Luca, though, take just the opposite tack. They offer a rough idea of what the title of this comic is about, but it’s far more important to them that you understand how our heroine, Poppy, feels and what’s happening to her. It makes the book far more compelling than most fantasy comics on the stands, and De Luca’s clever spins on medieval imagery give the book a high fantasy feel.

Iceman #8, Marvel

Bobby Drake is out of the closet, and so is his younger self, the one thrown forward in time. So it’s natural to want to try and build a relationship with the Drake parents, right? Sina Grace and Robert Gill take what could be typical convoluted comic book weirdness and make it genuinely touching. While Grace’s wit is in full effect here — Bobby at one point literally freezing — the younger Bobby’s freakout at his parents and their attitudes has more of a sting to it. It illustrates why, exactly, it took so long for Iceman to admit the truth about himself — to himself or others.

The Mighty Crusaders #1, Archie Comics

Ian Flynn and Kelsey Shannon revive Archie’s superheroes in what seems, at first, to be an unreconstructed team book straight from the Silver Age. Flynn, who spent years writing the highly popular Sonic The Hedgehog comics, begins to shift the focus once the team’s done beating up a human/dinosaur hybrid, however, and we discover that it’s really about how running a team is a messy, complicated business both literally and emotionally. Shannon has some clean, fun heroic art, and this is a good basis to see if Archie’s heroes can finally stick.

Rocko’s Modern Life #1, BOOM! Studios

The cartoon our parents really should not have let us watch has returned in comic book form. Ryan Ferrier and Ian McGinty have the unenviable task of updating the edgy ’90s comedy without losing the tone, and they pull it off. McGinty keeps the design of the show while putting his own spin on it, and Ferrier nails the anxious cringe comedy as Rocko, a nervous wallaby, is fired from his job and has to discover new and more humiliating depths.


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    Thanks Dan. I’m in for Batman #36 and Paradiso #1.

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Alan Moore’s Classic Superman ‘Villain’ Makes Its DC Rebirth Return

WARNING: This article contains spoilers for Aquaman Annual #1 by Phillip Kennedy Johnson and Max Fiumara, in stores now.


In Dan Abnett and Stjepan Sejic’s Aquaman, the Justice Leaguer is currently a man without a crown. He is living in hiding, taking part in a rebellion fighting the ruthless rule of Atlantis’ new monarch, King Corum Rath. But in last week’s Aquaman Annual #1, we saw a story that was detached from this conflict, one whose place in DCU continuity isn’t exactly pinpointed. Instead, the annual tells a beautiful and haunting one-and-done story that saw the return of a classic Superman villain (of sorts): the Black Mercy.

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The story starts as a pretty standard tale before taking a seemingly inexplicable jump forward dozens of years into the future. No longer are Arthur and Mera a young couple, and no longer is Atlantis a submerged nation. This look into the future shows us a much older and greying King Arthur and Queen Mera along with their young son, Prince Tom. Together, they rule over Atlantis, which has just finished construction of the Crownspire, a new division of the nation that is both under and over the water, the perfect middle-point to create peace between Atlanteans and humans.

It doesn’t take long for readers to catch on that this look into Aquaman’s future isn’t exactly right. Things are a bit off, and this idealistic life quickly starts to come apart at the seams. At the mid-point of the comic, we realize why: This future is a lie, perpetrated by the Black Mercy, which has both Arthur and Mera roped in its parasitic grasp, leagues below sea level.

Aquaman Annual Black Mercy

The Black Mercy first appeared in 1985’s Superman Annual #11 story “For The Man Who Has Everything” by legendary creators Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons and colorist Tom Ziuko. An alien plant that latches itself onto a host, the Mercy plunges its victim into a dream-like stupor, presenting the sleeping victim with a perfect life in which the dreamer is fully happy as the plant feeds. It’s incredibly dangerous and has proven to be quite the obstacle to overcome. Moore and Gibbons’ story saw Clark Kent taken to a world where Krypton had never been destroyed, where he had a life and a family, and though it was entirely false, it proved incredibly hard to leave behind.

Mongul Superman and the Black Mercy in For the Man Who Has Everything

The Black Mercy is a noteworthy adversary because it truly gives its host another life, one that is heartbreaking and incredibly difficult to abandon. Such is very much the case for Arthur Curry and Mera of Xebel in the Aquaman Annual, who slowly begin to realize that the son they have isn’t real. In order to survive, to break free of the Black Mercy, they have no choice but to sacrifice the child they thought they had, and leave him behind. The two are then left to mourn someone who was never real, but who also meant the world to them.

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The Annual’s story proved to be a classic, eventually being adapted for the Justice League animated series as well as the Melissa Benoist-led Supergirl. The Black Mercy has made sporadic appearances in various comic book titles over the years, including a 2016 return in DC’s Trinity series. However, what’s curious about this appearance is that it wasn’t used by an adversary. The Mercy was simply mysteriously living in the deepest trenches of the ocean, leading readers to wonder if, perhaps, there’s more to this story that has yet to be told.

From: https://www.cbr.com/aquaman-alan-moore-superman-black-mercy/

Justice League Superman Is Closer to the Comics Says Henry Cavill

With Warner Bros.’ Justice League currently in theaters, star Henry Cavill has been speaking about his portrayal of Superman. The actor recently revealed in a new interview that he thinks his portrayal of Superman is closely matched to the Superman comics from DC. Here’s what the actor had to say in an interview for the book Justice League: The Art of the Film.

“For me, [Justice League] in particular has really drawn closer to the Superman character who we know and recognize from the comic books. I’ve enjoyed playing that enormously, playing that character of hope and optimism, inspiration and example.”

One of the post-credit scenes came straight from the comics as well. The first post-credit scene teased an iconic race around the country between The Flash (Ezra Miller) and Superman (Henry Cavill), the second hinted that the Legion of Doom could be just around the corner. This scene in question featured our first official look at Slade Wilson, a.k.a. Deathstroke, played by Joe Manganiello, who was seen boarding a yacht, meeting none other than Lex Luthor, who found some way to escape from Arkham Asylum. The scene ends with Lex telling Slade that they should form a “league of their own,” referring to the Legion of Doom. According to a recent report, Warner Bros. has taken note in the interest surrounding this scene, and are now trying to use that “as the connective tissue” for the next few DCEU projects, including next year’s Aquaman.

While this Legion of Doom has not exactly been confirmed by the studio, Joe Manganiello himself seemingly started this Legion of Doom hype train by posting a photo of himself, during a taping of Critical Role in October, wearing a Legion of Doom t-shirt that used the same font as Justice League. The actor is still on board, taking to Instagram to post the first official Deathstroke photo from that Justice League post-credit scene, while Deathstroke co-creator Marv Wolfman offered high praise for how Joe Manganiello looked as this iconic villain, who he created alongside George Perez back in 1980. Still, using Deathstroke as one of the catalysts to start the Legion of Doom is interesting since he wasn’t part of this team in the first place.

The Legion of Doom was first created for the 1978 animated series Challenge of the Super Friends for Hanna-Barbera, which was based on the Justice League comics, and was ultimately brought into the DC Comics as well. The original team did include Lex Luthor, and also the Black Manta character, who will be played by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II in Aquaman. It’s possible that Warner Bros. could be planning for a post-credit scene that involves Lex Luthor and/or Deathstroke recruiting Black Manta for their team, but the biggest theory from this report claims that this Legion of Doom will effectively replace the studio’s plans for the iconic villain Darkseid. Still, that has not been confirmed, but if the Legion of Doom is coming, it could include other characters like Bizarro, Brainiac, Captain Cold, Cheetah, Giganta, Gorilla Grodd, Riddler, Scarecrow, Sinestro and Toyman.

There has also been a lot of talk about the Justice League mustache controversy, which may have been one of the reasons why the movie has faltered at the box office, but it’s possible that superhero fatigue may be another reason as well. Screen Rant first came across this interview and we’ll have to wait and see if more details about Superman in Justice League will come forth. We’ll also keep you posted on any updates regarding the sequel so stay tuned.

From: https://movieweb.com/justice-league-movie-superman-comic-book-adaption/

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