As some of you may know I’m particularly fond of the Superman character. In fact, if I had to peg a concept or character that helped define me as a person it would be Kal-El from Krypton. Naturally, I was a little hesitant when I heard that Warner Brothers was rebooting the character with I was a little concerned. As I said in an article for Bleeding Cool a couple of years ago:
First, the Warner Brother’s executive Jeff Robinov said they were looking to make Superman ‘edgy.’ This signaled that the studio was more interested on capitalizing on the success of Nolan’s The Dark Knight then trying to bring the best qualities of Kal-El to the big screen. Superman shouldn’t be ‘edgy.’ Superman, when he’s portrayed well, is a bright star shining down on humanity showing us how to be better.
Cid my opinion change in the intervening time you ask? First of all you probably shouldn’t be talking to your screen (especially if you’re in public), but the answer is I loved it. A lot more than many of my fellow Superman fans actually. There were some… controversial choices made by the creative team but I thought they did a great job of bringing the character into the modern world.
I won’t go into spoilers here. No worries. But that’s only because I basically did a whirlwind tour of the Internet in the week after it was released. I talked about this movie all over the place. Here are three of the best discussions I had about the flick for your listening pleasure:
My So-Called 8-bit Life 96 – Man of Spoilers – I join my old friend Roberto Villegas (cosmicradio.tv) on his podcast to discuss the movie. This one was interesting because we recorded part of the episode before we saw the movie then the rest after we’d seen the movie. Time travel! I think it gives it a good perspective of expectation vs. reaction. We aren’t shy about language on this one so be aware.
The Citadel Cafe 70 – Well Here It’s An S – Me and my neighbor to the north Joel Duggan (Starcrossed Online) dive in and discuss the movie. I also give a review of a book about Superman I read recently that actually taught me something about the character (which 26 years in is pretty hard to do).
CollectionDX 77 -Party in the House – (starts about 47 minutes in) I join Adam Paulauski (CollectionDX), Brian Brushwood (Scam School, NSFW), and Arris Quinones (Film Riot, Variant) to talk about the movie. Always fun to talk to these guys and you might get to see me in wear an unusual item.
And finally here are my recommendations if you enjoyed Man of Steel as much as I did and want to read some more stories in the same style:
Superman: The Man of Steel, Vol. 1
Superman: New Krypton Vol. 3 (Superman (DC Comics))
Superman: The High-Flying History of America’s Most Enduring Hero
Superman #22 October 1988 (The Price)
What did you think of the movie? Let me know in the comments! Trust me, I still have a lot of discussion left in me.