Hall of Heroes Super Hero Museum’s photo mourns Hostess Brands bankruptcy announcement that will put an end to the air-puffed, sugar-soaked, corn-fed American snack cake… that is, unless another company steps up and saves the Twinkie.
Way to go, Supey!
When you think about it, Superman and Wonder Woman are perfect for each other. They’re both extraordinarily powerful outsiders. The romance can now happen since DC Comics rebooted its entire line of superhero titles last year, and did away with Superman’s marriage to Lois Lane. The comic goes on sale Aug. 29.
EW’s Jeff Jensen interviewed DC writer Geoff Johns who hinted that “some event — possibly tragic — will impact every member of the Justice League, and cause Superman and Wonder Woman to seek solace in each other and move from super-powered colleagues to power couple.”
EW reports that artist Jim Lee took inspiration from Gustav Klimt’s The Kiss and Alfred Eisenstaedt’s V-J Day in Times Square photograph.
Director Zack Snyder believes three-time Academy Award nominee Amy Adams is the right actress to play Lois Lane in his upcoming Superman reboot from Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures (Dec., 2012 release).
Snyder told the LA Times:
“There was a big, giant search for Lois. For us it was a big thing and obviously a really important role. We did a lot of auditioning but we had this meeting with Amy Adams and after that I just felt she was perfect for it.”
Each casting announcement on Superman has been big news. Henry Cavill will play Clark Kent/Superman with Diane Lane and Kevin Costner as the Kents.
Adams will join Phyllis Coates, Margot Kidder and Kate Bosworth as actresses who have played the iconic Lane. Erica Dorrance currently plays Lois on “Smallville.”
I always perk up when I see Marc Guggenheim‘s among the credits. Marc G co-created “Eli Stone,” exec produces “Flash Forward” and worked on the script for “Green Lantern.” His new assignment: writing for DC’s “Action Comics.”
MTV’s Splash Page asked Guggenheim how he would handle Superman:
“The trick is to not treat him differently from the other characters. Superman comes with so much baggage. You’re not writing a character, you’re writing an icon.
But the trick to telling an effective Superman story is to tell a story about him as a character and not have him be some sort of impenetrable icon. If he’s an impenetrable icon, then I don’t think he’s someone the readers can wrap their arms around. The trick is to approach the character the same way you would The Flash or Aquaman or other characters. Once you put Superman on a pedestal, you run the risk of losing your readership.”
This is kinda old news (two days) but I just found a corresponding picture to accompany the story. It looks like ‘Superman’ will get another reboot, this time “darker.” From WSJ.
Like the recent Batman sequel — which has become the highest-grossing film of the year thus far — Mr. Robinov wants his next pack of superhero movies to be bathed in the same brooding tone as “The Dark Knight.” Creatively, he sees exploring the evil side to characters as the key to unlocking some of Warner Bros.’ DC properties. “We’re going to try to go dark to the extent that the characters allow it,” he says. That goes for the company’s Superman franchise as well.
“‘Superman’ didn’t quite work as a film in the way that we wanted it to,” says Mr. Robinov. “It didn’t position the character the way he needed to be positioned.” “Had ‘Superman’ worked in 2006, we would have had a movie for Christmas of this year or 2009,” he adds. “But now the plan is just to reintroduce Superman without regard to a Batman and Superman movie at all.”
Who wouldn’t want to see Superman passive aggressively battle his inner demons while trying to save the world.
After I ooh and aah over the bold colours and steel-plated cover of “Superheroes,” I next notice the glossy pages which smell just like the trading cards I remember as a kid. Those were of superheroes, too, and they captured the frames of the big summer popcorn movies where capes were the norm and nothing could be bold or bright enough. Appropriately, Michael Chabon pens the foreword to this very cool book. He tells us about a cautionary tale he heard as a child in Sunday school – about how a young boy thought he was Superman, tied a red towel around his neck, and jumped off the roof. But really, nothing can make a true comic book fan be deterred from soaking up the fantasy late at night, under the covers, the battery in the flashlight growing weaker by the minute. The glossy pages here are not only a companion piece to the exhibit at the Met, but a thick slice of evidence as to how these fantastical characters inspire and cross-over into the world of fashion. Of particular note, folks like Giorgio Armani, Rossella Jardini, Catherine Malandrino and John Galliano. I must admit, to look at the artwork from the original comics, then to the production stills from film and television adaptations, and finally onto the runways of the world…this is a very groovy dialogue that is taking place, and one that not a lot of people are actually talking about.
Lex Luthor is leaving, and Clark Kent will face some new baddies on “Smallville’s” eighth season next fall. The future villains: Doomsday, who in the DC Comics universe killed Superman, and a Babe, described as “intelligent, brilliantly manipulative, and dangerously sinister,” whom CK finds himself attracted to, one advantage that Lex didn’t have