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/

15 Dark Superman Facts Even Die-Hard Fans Didn’t Know About

Superman is the archetypal comic book character that has long since transcended the medium of comic books and has become arguably the most mainstream symbol for “truth, justice and the American way”. The grand daddy of superhero comic books, his debut in Action Comics #1 in 1938 remains one of the most iconic images in the industry’s history. With such a cemented place in the hallowed halls of pop culture, writers have been confident enough with Superman’s innate popularity to add some very dark and questionable things to his canon, safe in the knowledge that there was little they could to get readers to hate the Man of Steel.

RELATED: 15 Superheroes Who Loathe Superman

Superman has actively pushed the lines of morality many times in ways that even his most devoted fans may not have noticed or perhaps chose to ignore. No matter how much of a boy scout he is, there are some pretty dark things in Superman’s past that fans probably hope never see the light of day again and we here at CBR are ready to expose them for all to see. From his initial inception as a character to the modern day, here are 15 things Superman has buried so deep, even his die-hard fans may be surprised by.

15. HE COMMITTED CRIMES TO SAVE A FOOTBALL GAME

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Back in the pre-Crisis days when every non-Superman character looked like they’d popped over from a Chester Gould comic, the Last Son of Krypton decided to use his considerable influence and god-like abilities to handle America’s most devastating epidemic: corruption in football. In the first year of his Action Comics run, Superman learns that a group of criminals had bribed officials in order to rig the upcoming big game.

Since he is the epitome of American excellence and decorum, Superman decides to drug, kidnap, and impersonate football player Tommy Burke, who he leaves unconscious and bound in his own bed. Superman then goes on to play football as Burke with the reckless abandon and disregard for physical safety that only a god among men can muster. Kidnapping, identity theft, and assault and battery all in the name of preventing a rigged football game. Only in America.

14. HE’S SUPER RACIST

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Being the physical embodiment of a country’s core mission statement can’t be an easy job, but it isn’t exactly made easier by the country in question having some issues with systemic racism. It also doesn’t help that comics generally haven’t handled the subject with grace. In a particularly tone-deaf comic out of the ’70s, Lois turns her skin black in order to write an article of the experience of living in Metropolis’s ‘Little Africa.’ Because the ’70s were weird, man.

The story culminates in Lois confronting Superman, challenging him to marry her while her skin had a higher concentration of melanin. To which good old Clark Kent replied, “Lois…how could you ask such a question of me? Me?!” He gave no further answer. Even if hardcore fans know about this moment, none of them want people to remember that time Superman suggested he’d never marry a black person.

13. HE FIGHTS EVERYONE HE MEETS

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An unfortunate downside to Superman as a character is that he’s one of the most over-powered brands in all of fiction. His gimmick is basically “I win all the fights.” A go-to story for many writers is simply to pit their property against Superman to show how they stack up. Essentially, Superman has become the universal measuring stick to see how powerful a hero or villain really is. Because of this, he’s fought pretty much everyone in his life in a no-holds barred match, either of his own volition or through mind-control shenanigans.

He’s fought every member of the Justice League, but his brawling exploits don’t stop there. His coworkers, allies, friends, and thousands of random thugs, bystanders, and innocents have been on the wrong end of his fists. It’s a harsh reminder of what Superman is really like that virtually everyone he knows will eventually be beat up.

12. HE WORKED FOR GENERAL ZOD

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General Zod is perhaps one of the most iconic Superman villains, second only to Lex Luther in terms of symbolic duality with the Man of Steel. He matches Superman in all physical levels, but prizes Kryptonian heritage over adaptation to Earth culture, making him Clark’s mirror opposite. However, in Superman: World of New Krypton, Superman voluntarily serves under this fascist villain.

After freeing the Bottle City of Kandor from Braniac’s ship, Superman helped establish the city and its denizens on ‘New Krypton,’ a mini-planet opposite Earth in orbit around the yellow sun. Against Superman’s wishes, Zod was freed from the Phantom Zone to help rebuild the Kryptonian military guild. To keep an eye on his old enemy, Superman allowed himself to be drafted into the newly-formed army, directly under the command of one General Dru-Zod.

11. HE’S PROVED LEX LUTHOR RIGHT

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Lex Luthor is Superman’s exact opposite. Instead of a living god empowered by unlimited strength, he’s a simple human who seized power through his vast intellect. And that same intellect is what convinces him that Superman is a threat to the human race who must be exposed and exterminated at all costs. Though this ideology makes him the villain, it doesn’t mean Superman hasn’t tried his hardest to inadvertently show the world that Lex is completely justified.

In non-canon universes like Injustice and the one featured in the”Batman/Superman: Absolute Power” storyline, Superman outright becomes the dictator of Earth, eliminating anyone who opposes his oppression. But even in official continuity, he has occasionally fallen susceptible to delusions of grandeur that threatens to put the entire planet under his tyrannical control.

10. HE’S ONE OF THE MOST BRAINWASHED HEROES EVER

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Another downside of Superman being so strong is that he’s a prime target for people who would use his strength for their own nefarious ends. As such, almost every psychic villain has, at one point or another, wrapped their hands around Superman’s brain. Max Lord, Mongul, Poison Ivy, Darkseid, and Eradicator have each taken their turn toying around with Superman, using him for everything from fighting Batman to making a pornographic movie with Big Barda (more on that later).

One doesn’t even need superpowers to control him. Lex Luthor has occasionally bent the Man of Steel to his will with blackmail, coercion, or Red Kryptonite. Overall, it’s hard to believe anyone in the DC universe trusts Superman, giving his long and storied history of vulnerability to mind control.

9. HE BETRAYED AND IMPRISONED HIS BEST FRIEND

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Pete Ross was a critical part of Superman’s origin. As a human who knew and accepted Clark Kent’s secret powers, he became a standard of how Superman expected people to react to him. So it was very out of character for Superman to abandon Pete’s son on an alien world and drive his old friend to madness. In the late ’70s, Jonathan Ross was kidnapped by the Nyrvin aliens.

Superman went after him, but was stopped by the time-traveling Legion of Super-Heroes who informed him that Jonathan had to stay with his captors in order for their perfect future to develop. So Superman left little Johnny with the Nyrvins and just expected Pete to be okay with that. Instead, Pete had a nervous breakdown at the prospect of never seeing his son again, went on a crime spree, tried to Superman and eventually was incarcerated in an asylum.

8. HE’S BEEN A RAT BASTARD TO JIMMY OLSEN

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Jimmy Olsen has been Superman’s loyal companion and photographer buddy for the better part of 80 years. As the in-universe stand-in for the readers’ viewpoint, you’d expect the fatherly Superman to treat his defacto sidekick with respect. This is not the case.

From adopting him as his son and then emotionally abusing him to forcing him to live in a slum house, to pitting him against Aquaman in a fight to the death over a glass of water, Superman has a veritable rap sheet of criminal and moral offenses against his “best pal.” Perhaps the worst thing Superman has ever done to poor Jimmy though was force him to marry a gorilla. In front of his girlfriend. And a film crew. on camera. For the world to see.

7. HE MADE A SEX TAPE WITH BIG BARDA

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Most in-depth Superman fans will already know this one, but it deserves to be mentioned if for no other reason than we must never forget that it happened. Superman once did the horizontal dance with Big Barda, the former Apokolyptan warrior and wife of Mr. Miracle, while being filmed. Both heroes were under the mind control of Sleez of Apokolips (real name) who forced both of them into it.

Somebody (John Byrne specifically) thought this was a good idea. For Superman, the Man of Steel, to make a sex tape with another hero. The story even ends with all parties vowing never to discuss what happened ever again, as if the writers immediately regretted their decision but didn’t have time to rewrite a whole new story. To this day, the story remains one of the most ludicrous stories ever produced in comics, which is certainly saying something.

6. HE WENT A LITTLE CRAZY AND BECAME ‘GANGBUSTER’

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One of the most formative parts of the Superman character was his first kill. After murdering an alternate version of Zod with kryptonite, Clark was wracked by guilt and began suffered from extreme stress, experiencing long blackouts, insomnia, and poor hygiene. Fortunately, while Superman was apparently on sabbatical, a new crimefighter in a garish outfit was prowling the streets of Metropolis under the moniker of ‘Gangbuster.’

Unlike the benevolent Superman though, Gangbuster was violent and bloodthirsty and quickly fell under the ire of Metropolis citizens. It was only when he battled with the hero Guardian that it was revealed that Gangbuster was actually Superman’s psychotic alter ego. His exposure forced Superman to re-evaluate his life and thankfully he abandoned the persona. It was later picked up and continued by school teacher Jose Delgado.

5. HE HATES ALL THE CARS

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To be fair, anyone who can fly, can move faster than a speeding bullet, or can leap tall buildings with a single bound would probably decline conventional automobiles. Still, that doesn’t excuse Superman literally declaring war on cars and doing his very best to destroy any and all cars he happens to come across.

In Action Comics #12, one of Clark’s friends is killed in an auto accident, triggering a one-man crusade that sees Superman destroy a car factory, a car dealership, and an entire impound lot worth of seized vehicles. There’s also that time he tried to kill Lois by tying her to the grill of a big rig and driving it straight off a cliff because the one thing the man who has everything lacks is a sense of irony.

4. HE’S TRIED TO KILL LOIS SO MANY TIMES

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Just…just so many times. Between 1940 and 1980, if Superman writers found themselves in a bind or running a deadline, they’d just think of a new reason for Superman to try and kill Lois, slap it on the cover, and go for drinks. He’s driven her off a cliff, thrown her into space, exposed her to the Parasite, prosecuted her in court, drove her to depression and an emotional meltdown, blackmailed her, literally robbed her blind, asphyxiated her in space, and gaslit her.

One of the most hilarious comic book cover of all time is Superman’s Girlfriend Lois Lane #102 which features Superman openly confessing to the murder of the dead Lois he holds in his arms. Frankly, it’s hard to believe these two are now married with a kid in DC’s current Rebirth line. Based on his history, Superman’s practically a poster boy for domestic abuse.

3. THAT HAIR

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Goodness, just look at it. You know you’ve taken a wrong step somewhere when your character starts looking like the buff lead singer of an emo band. He looks like something a bored high school boy would draw in the margins of his notebook. It might seem like — wait, one more. He looks like a side character from T2 that got cut for being “too ’80s.

Ask any Superman fan who was around when he sported this cut about the fabled ‘Superman Mullet’ and they’ll gaze solemnly into the distance and deny it ever happened. It might seem like complaining about Superman’s hair is superficial, but hair is important in his world. After all, Lex Luthor starts hating Superman because the latter made him bald and Clark’s signature hair curl is almost as iconic as that ‘S’ on his chest.

2. EVERYTHING PRE-CRISIS

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Before Crisis on Infinite Earths rebooted the entire DC Universe, Superman had the most grab-bag group of powers and personalities of any comic book character, a record he retains today. Super sewing, super language translating, super sneezing, super horse riding were all powers Superman would demonstrate for one or two issues before they were never brought up again. Superman would do heinous things to his friends and family, but they’d always forgive him based on one form of contrived logic or another.

Frankly, the whole thing was a long, uninterrupted mess of admittedly creative stories marred by out-of-character and occasionally offensive tangents. Superman has certainly shaped up in the last 30 or so years, but hardcore fans probably like to believe the hero they know and love was born in 1985.

1. HE MAKES THE ENTIRE DC UNIVERSE OBSOLETE

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Arguably the worst part of Superman is the one least talked about. In the DC Universe, Superman is essentially a deity, and that’s not an exaggeration. His powers extend beyond the traditionally recognized set of flight, strength, and supervision to include faster-than-light speeds, galaxy-destroying power, and sub-atomic vision, among countless others. He is one of if not the most powerful fictional character ever conceived.

As such, there is no problem in the DC Universe that Superman and Superman alone cannot handle in seconds. Crime, natural disasters, cataclysmic events, doomsday devices, and schemes of global domination are inconsequential to him because he can solve them all before breakfast. Other heroes might as well hang up their capes, assured in the fact that whatever the problem, Superman’s got it.

From: http://www.cbr.com/15-dark-superman-facts-even-die-hard-fans-didnt-know-about/

Zod Reveals True Plan in DC’s Action Comics #983 – CBR

Action Comics #983 continues to build on the theme of family, which has been the core of DC Comics’ Superman titles since the Rebirth relaunch. But this time the focus is on the extended Superman family coming to the rescue as Lois, Jonathan and a blinded Clark are threatened by the Superman Revenge Squad, a motley collection of pre-Flashpoint and New 52 villains hellbent on world domination, and on destroying the Man of Steel.

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Written by Dan Jurgens, with art by Victor Bogdanovic and Jonathan Glapion, “Revenge Part V” opens with an inversion of the status quo from the previous issue, which depicted Lex Luthor at the head of the rescue team, with Kara holding a fallen Clark. But Superman has recovered from the beating, and even though he’s still blind, he takes charge of the assembled heroes to confront the villains trying to break into the Fortress of Solitude.

The melee that ensues is a high-stakes six-on-six punch-up. On the one hand, Superman and his crew must prevent General Zod — the de facto leader of the Revenge Squad — from breaking into the Fortress and retrieving technology that would allow him to build a new militarized Krypton on Earth, in the process wiping out humanity. On the other, the Superman Squad must also give Lois and Jon enough time to get away from the Fortress, not only ensuring their safety, but also preventing Zod from discovering that Superman has a son upon whom he can focus his homicidal intent.

That the Kryptonian General has no previous knowledge of Lois and Clark’s offspring suggests the revived Eradicator may have no memory of his previous confrontation with Superman’s immediate family. It also points to the idea that the Revenge Squad is even less of a cohesive unit than we’ve seen in the past. The previous issue showed members of the group at cross purposes, bickering with each other. Their discipline breaking down as they pummeled Superman when he emerged from the Fortress. Its members had not yet started working as a team.

As the story unfolds, it becomes clear that Zod has been counting on the group’s disarray to cement his leadership, but before he reveals the true nature of his plan, he must first defeat Superman.

Upon realizing his opponent is blind, Zod also deafens him. In the silence that follows Superman’s scream of pain, he hears Jon and Lois. Realizing that the pair is trying to escape, he trains his heat vision on the departing Kryptonian flyer that promised mother and son safe passage, before turning his attention back to his ultimate prize, the Phantom Zone projector.

As Superman and his cohorts prepare a final stand against the Revenge Squad, Zod reveals his true plan. He never intended to rescue his army from the Phantom Zone. His goal all along was to trap Superman in the nothingness of the shadow dimension in which Jor-El had imprisoned him. In doing so he has also doomed all the members of the Superman Squad to oblivion. In mere moments Zod not only gets revenge on his jailer’s son, but on Kal-El’s immediate family, and a good chunk of his chosen family. But are things as dire as they seem?

 

The likelihood that Jon and Lois are dead is slim. In the panels leading up to Zod’s attack on the flyer, it isn’t clear whether the duo remained on the craft when it launched. And, as we’ve seen in both Action Comics and Superman, mother and child are more than able to stand up to villains on their own when dad’s not in sight.

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There is also another wildcard: Krypto was all over Action Comics #982, but he doesn’t appear at all in Issue 983. The Rebirth version of Superdog has proved to be quite the capable canine, helping the Man of Steel defeat Eradicator in the pages Gleason and Tomassi’s Superman #6. Then there’s the New 52 version of Krypto, who is a very different beast.

In the pages of Grant Morrison’s Action Comics run, Krypto saved Jor-El and his family from the clutches of Xa-Du — the very first resident of the Phantom Zone — as the scientist tried to escape into the shadow dimension while Krypton was being torn apart. In protecting the infant Kal-El, the dog was sucked into the Zone and ended up spending years in exile, fighting off the ghosts of villains until he was rescued by the adult Clark.

Has the current Krypto merged with his New 52 counterpart as have Lois and Clark? Is there only one Superdog? And can he help rescue Superman and his friends? Or is an alternate incarnation of Kal-El’s faithful companion waiting to help him in the Phantom Zone?

Then there’s the matter of Hank Henshaw. In the heat of battle, Superman takes time to ask him how he reverted to his pre-Flashpoint Cyborg Superman version. The villain, who initially brought together the Revenge Squad, reveals that he used the Oblivion Stone, an alien artifact that his New 52 version brought back to Earth, to become a previous version of himself, the astronaut who blamed Superman for his wife’s death.

This beat in the middle of a fight suggests that there’s far more to Henshaw and the Oblivion Stone than we already know. Could Cyborg Superman hold one of the clues to the mystery of Rebirth? Is the Oblivion Stone connected to the upcoming Doomsday Clock story that pits Superman against Doctor Manhattan?

On the surface, “Revenge Part V” is a classic Superhero slugfest, but there’s also a lot that is left unspoken. This bodes well for the next installment of this exciting story.

From: http://www.cbr.com/action-comics-zod-plan/

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