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Movie Review: Man Of Steel


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Man of Steel released last week and while it was one of the most hyped movie of 2013 it didn’t turn out as it was supposed to be. In fact this movie is so dark that it feels that one is watching Batman Beings with new characters.

The movie flows around in a nonlinear storyline. Flashbacks and more flashbacks are enough to make audience confused at times. The supporting cast comprising of talented actors is underutilized and go through no character development at all unlike Alfred, Lucious Fox and James Gordon went through in first Batman movie.

Mostly I’ll blame this on Goyer’s poor scriptwriting and handling the characters. He fails to handle the Supporting cast even after his experience of working with Nolan on Batman trilogy and the way Fox, Godron and Alfred were connected to Batman and Bruce Wayne, Man of Steel’s supporting cast just seems to be thrown around in random just for the sake of it. Clark is 33 when Jor-El suggests him to take mantle of Superman and that’s it, there is no momentum or reason that actually shows why Clark needs to put on that suit.

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Apart from this Pa Kent’s character is handled beautifully, he turns out into non-sarcastic, non-humorous version of Alfred, being protective as hell for his son trying to keep him away from the world that he fears won’t accept and might harm him. His relationship with Clark is handled is an amazing way but in process Ma Kent’s character and her relation with Clark is not handled at all.

Certain parts in this movie are way too long and lengthy that could have been shortened, Jor-El’s role is too confusing at times but Russel Crowe does a brilliant Job as Kal-El’s biological father. As per acting everyone shines in their own way. Henry Cavil turns into if not a great then quite good Superman for present day, For Clark Kent’s role we might need to wait till the sequel comes. Michael Shannon is menacing as General Zod and he looks like he was perfect for the role. Amy Adams as Lois Lane is disappointing and rest of the cast is on their best. Kevin Costner is the cocaine of this movie who is can bring out tears.

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The action scenes are too awesome, 2nd half of the movie is full of action sequences that give no room for any further story. The fight scenes are breathtaking and fast, few of them as you imagined while reading your favorite comic books. Although the CGI is not so perfect but you can ignore parts where actors are replaced by CG ones.

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Man of Steel even after being too dark is nowhere close to Snyder’s best works like Watchmen and 300 and not at all close to Dark Knight trilogy movies. While overall I loved this movie but it didn’t feel like a true Superman movie. There are plotholes in this one too but every movie has them. We all know what is his weakness, who is his love interest and a lot of scenes could have been shortened or edited. Zak Snyder’s hardwork shows and I hope that he gets all the credits for this movie and not like all credit goes to Mr. Nolan himself.

Overall this movie is a good time entertainer but not something like The Dark Knight or Avengers that someone will like to watch it again and again.

Final Rating 3 out of 5

Superman: The Unknown Facts


HE STARTED AS A BALD VILLAIN

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Comic creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster first drew him as a villain in a January 1933 story called “The Reign of the Super-Man,” which appeared in an issue of their comic fanzine Science Fiction. It bombed, so they reimagined him as a superhero, if it was successful Superman would have been a powerful DC villain.

HE WASN’T BORN WITH SUPERPOWERS

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Superman’s power isn’t limitless or unstoppable. In most versions of Superman’s origin, the people of Krypton were powerless while walking around their planet, which had a red sun while Earth had a yellow one.a Kryptonian’s cells absorb and convert the solar rays into incredible power. Due to this reason as Clark grew up he became more powerful mostly because Solar energy makes his skin tough but not invincible. While on other planet with no Red Sun he’ll slowly run out of power and on Earth if he fights without rest the power wont be restored on the same rate.

MAGIC SPECTACLES AND DUEL IDENTITY

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For most of the first timers they find it highly illogical that people cannot recognize Superman when he puts on his glasses. Clark’s disguise isn’t as simple as it looks like when he slicks back his hair and puts on a pair of glasses. Many comics have shown Superman using a lot of tricks to hide his dual identity.

The lenses of his glasses are slightly tinted, changing the shade of his eyes.

His control over his muscles that allows him to shake hands with Normal people and fight super-powered villains, he actually changes his voice as Clark Kent and thanks to learning acting techniques he is able to come up with a different body language as Clark Kent.

THE S DOES NOT STAND FOR SUPERMAN

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Although there are lot of explanations over time about S symbol on Superman’s Chest. Early explanations simply say that it was a monogram designed by Clark and his adopted parents.

In first Superman movie it was explained that S is actually a Kryptonian glyph that was used to represent House of El that was followed by TV and Animated versions too and later in 2003 this explanation was adapted by comic books. In Superman:Birthright Mark Waid changed this explanation telling that this was an ancient Kryptonian symbol the means Hope that later makes Lois call him Superman. This is the explanation that is now adapted in Zak Snyder’s upcoming movie.

 

HE WASN’T ALWAYS ABLE TO FLY

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The first appearance of Superman simply described that he was incredibly strong, could withstand anything less than a bursting shell from a tank, and was able to leap 1/8th of a mile. His first ability to fly was shown in Radio series and original cartoons. Then in 1941 comic books added flight to his superpowers. With time he got a lot of new powers and some where taken away. His modern day powers includes heat-vision, incredible strength/stamina, enhanced senses, X-Ray vision, arctic breath, super-speed, increased healing, near-complete body/muscle control, and a skin-tight force-field that makes him invulnerable to most forms of harm.

 

SUPERMAN IS A RIPOFF

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You don’t believe me right? How can the most recognizable icons in the world be copied from someone else and no one knows that. Superman is the first Superhero but he is not the first character with same superpowers.

Gladiator a Pulp novel written by Philip Wylie’s in 1930, starring Hugo Danner, tells story of a man whose father invents a secret formula that can create superpowers. He injects this formula in his son. Hugo gains super strength, bullet proof skin and the ability to jump over the tallest building in a single bound. Jumping, not flying, that is slight different but Superman’s early appearance gave him power to jump too.

CLARK KENT AND SUPERMAN HAVE BEEN SEEN TOGETHER

On a lot of occasions Superman’s superpowered friends who have ability to shape shift have taken Clark Kent’s identity when in time of need.

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When in school Clark wanted to hangout with kids of his own ability and he was visited by heroes from 30th century who were inspired by Clark’s story. They used to take him to their time where he had a lot of adventures. This is the reason he has a optimistic view on Human race because he saw what they have achieved after 1000 years.

LOIS LANE NOT THE FIRST LOVE

Superman got married to Lois Lane in 1999 (That doesn’t exist after reboot happened) but before Lois Clark had deep feelings for his best friend Lana Lang who also knew of his secret. As a teen, Clark also had a crush on Saturn Girl, a member of the Legion of Super-Heroes. He seriously dated a girl named Lori Lemaris, who turned out to be a mermaid from Atlantis. During a time travel adventure to Krypton’s past, Superman became involved with Lyla Lerrol, a famous Kryptonian actress. And right now he is with Wonder Woman that everyone is wondering till when it is going to last.

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Mini Facts

Superman can be seen somewhere in every episode of the television show, Seinfeld.

The actor, Nicolas Cage, named his son Kal-el, which is Superman’s birth name.

Now since Man of Steel is not so far you can go ahead with this added Superman knowledge in your database and flaunt it around. Hope it was a good read.

The Future of Marvel Ultimate Universe


ul Ever since Marvel Now! started fans have been questioning if Marvel has forgotten their Ultimate Universe.

Here is what Rich Johnson suggested for the Ultimate Lineup with possible exception being Ultimate Spider-Man

San Diego Comic Con is expected to bring us the Matt Fraction/Inhumans news, as well as a couple of major Ultimate Universe announcements, one of which may see Brian Wood wrapping his Ultimate X-Men run towards the end of the year. But if there is some finality to the Ultimate line, expect Ultimate Spider-Man to continue…

 

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If this rumor is true then it will be something well expected by fans for a long time. Let whatever be the reason despite the fact that a lot of Movie source material has been taken from Ultimate Universe characters but on the same hand apart from Ultimate Spider-Man most of the book sales are dropping

If they were going to end the universe should at Ultimatum. The line been dead since then with final nail coffin for me to even care was death of ultimate spider-man.

Teen Titans Villain Month surprise reveal.


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From all the villain being featured in DC comics villains month in September, there is something unexpected for Teen Titans.

Have a look

TEEN TITANS #23.1: TRIGON
Written by MARV WOLFMAN
Art by CAFU
3-D motion cover by EDDY BARROWS and EBER FERREIRA
On sale SEPTEMBER 11 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
He is the ruler of six kingdoms of pain, suffering and agony—but the one world that evades Trigon is Earth. Trigon’s influence has been spread across worlds by his sons, but it wasn’t until he conceived a daughter of Earthly origin that the monster finally had an heir who could aid his quest. Now, with all the world’s heroes missing— is this the final victory of Trigon?

TEEN TITANS #23.2: DEATHSTROKE
Written by COREY MAY and DOOMA WENDSCHUH
Art by ROBSON ROCHA
3-D motion cover by EDDY BARROWS and EBER FERREIRA
On sale SEPTEMBER 18 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
One of the deadliest men in the world has a secret: his family. Slade Wilson lives to kill, but can even Deathstroke the Terminator balance his home life with a complicated hit?

Apart from this Mark Wolfman is returning to the series along with Assasin’s Creed creators Corey May and Dooma Wendchuch are making their debut in Comic genre and working on Deathstroke series sounds like the right thing to do for them.

Meet the first (future) female Green Lantern


GreenLantern20Writer Geoff Johns recently ended his almost ten year journey with DC Comics’ Green Lantern and with the end of the series in Green Lantern #20 and closed the chapter beautifully along with adding certain possibilities to the mythos.

There have been 5 Green Lanterns from Earth but we never got a female one despite when The Green Lantern Corps is an institution that spans, gender, race, species, as well as the universe.

Jade, the daughter of non-Corps affiliated Green Lantern Alan Scott (in pre-reboot continuity), was given a spare power ring by Kyle at one point and served as a GL of Earth.But once her normal powers were returned to her she didn’t need a GL ring any longer. The ring didn’t choose her.

To show the GL legacy would live on, in the pages of Green Lantern #20, Johns went on to mark a few beats in the future of several Lanterns. We witness a scene between Simon and the arm of a Lantern named Jessica paired with a narrator saying, “He was ultimately responsible for training the first female ring bearer of Earth — Jessica Cruz — a controversial figure herself who came into possession of her ring in the wake of the Justice League’s death.”

Who is Jessica Cruz and what does a Justice League death entail? That remains to be seen but it looks like Jhons has planned something big with the future of DC comics, Green Lantern and Justice League mythos.