Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice comes out next week so this week’s Link Roundup is all about Superman! While I may not love everything filmmaker Zack Snyder has brought to the character, the fact that this movie marks the first time Batman and Superman are appearing together in a major motion picture means he’s already getting my money. After all, Kal-El, the Last Son of Krypton, was sent to Earth to save and inspire us and what better way to convey that than by bashing him against another hero archetype.
Before going through these links, I strongly suggest clicking here so that you may listen to the classic Superman theme by John Williams as you lose your Friday afternoon to the Man of Steel.
- First things first, I want to give a shout out to Frank Quitely, the artist of my favourite Superman book: All-Star Superman. He drew the image above and if you are at all interested in reading a story about The Man of Tomorrow, I heartily suggest this one.
- Second things second, for a fantastic primer on the character and how he’s changed over the last three-quarters of a century, check out Pop Culture Happy Hour heartthrob Glen Weldon’s talk at the Politics and Prose Bookstore in Washington, D.C.
- Our current Kryptonian, Henry Cavill has been out promoting BvS all week. For Parade magazine, Cavill described his view of Superman and his relationship to Lois. It’s both short and sweet and mostly makes me think he understands Supes better than Zack Snyder.
- Henry Cavill (and the Batman v Superman marketing team) has teamed up with Omaze to raise money for the Durrell Wildlife Park. Cavill sat down with some children and asked who they like better, Batman or Superman. As you can imagine, adorableness ensues.
- While in New York, Cavill and his amazing jawline wore a Superman shirt in Times Square to prove just how easy it is to hide in plain site. He discussed it briefly on Jimmy Kimmel, which is mostly only worth watching to hear Cavill address the undeniable sexual tension between Batman and Superman.
- If you’re at all curious about what’s going on with Superman in the comic books right now, The Washington Post talked to American Born Chinese author Gene Luen Yang, who is just wrapping up his 10-issue run on the character. Yang talks about the ways you can change the character while still retaining a core sense of who Kal-El really is. Yang’s current issue especially seems to be pulling inspiration from the 70s and 80s both in the art and the dialogue.
- The question of what core principles guide Superman has been brought up a lot since Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel came out in 2013. Mark Hughes wrote an article for Forbes magazine titled “Why Superman Can Kill: In Defense of Man of Steel.” The article gives examples from the comic books of times that Superman has taken a life. It also goes a little overboard in explaining why a Superman that never kills is illogical in a way that, I think, completely misses the fantasy aspect of the character.
- Forbes followed up their piece on why it’s super cool for Supes to murder people with a much better article looking more at the brand aspects of the character (proving they should probably stick to business analysis and leave bickering about fictional characters to the professionals).
- For many people, the fact that Superman kills a character at the end of Man of Steel is nothing compared to the wanton destruction of Metropolis that takes place in the movie’s final act. In an act of investigative journalism that would make Lois Lane jealous, io9’s Katharine Trendacosta breaks down A Brief History of Zack Snyder Defending the End of Man of Steel. I would have an easier time getting on board with this movie if it seemed like the filmmaker knew what he was talking about.
- And just to drive home the idea that maybe Zack Snyder doesn’t quite get the core of who Superman really is, Birth.Movies.Death. does a great job of explaining why the CW show Supergirl does a better job of conveying the true ideals of The Last Son of Krypton than Man of Steel ever did. There are so many great quotes from this piece but my favourite has to be: “When Siegel and Shuster invented Superman they brought him into a world that was in an apocalyptic financial crisis and that was headed towards an unprecedented charnel house of a world war. They didn’t create Superman in simpler times, or more naïve times. They understood that dark times call for bright heroes, and so they created a light to shine through the encroaching storm clouds.”