Monday, April 22, 2013

Meanwhile in Metropolis... (Apr.22)

Man of Steel Trailer #3
Any doubts or worries you’ve had about the Man of Steel are laid to rest with this new trailer. Compiled with footage we’ve seen in earlier teasers is a lot more footage we haven’t seen. Notable mentions include: more information on how Krypton was destroyed, Kal-el’s departure from his dying home world, more of Amy Adams as Lois Lane and more action sequences and special effects then released before. Now I know that judging a film based on its trailer can be just as misleading as judging a book by its cover but I must admit that this trailer has sparked my interest. This film marks the 75th anniversary of Superman, a chance at redemption after the disappointing Superman Returns, and the possibility of future sequels and a collected DC film franchise that rests on it’s success. Man of Steel looks to redeem the character and more importantly, give us a successful blockbuster Superman epic that we haven’t seen in over 30 years. And if you don’t believe me, see for yourselves:

Superman Unbound/ The Flashpoint Paradox
The newest installment in the long line of DC Animated films hits the store shelves on May 7th. Based on the acclaimed comic book story written by Geoff Johns and illustrated by Gary Frank, Superman Unbound follows the Man of Steel as he searches for the answers to the mysteries surrounding his home planet, his past and his origins, all while battling Brainiac, the Collector of Worlds. Starring a talented voice cast of Matt Bomer as Superman, Stana Katic as Lois Lane and John Noble (Fringe) as the menacing Brainiac. The movie looks great and it looks to be one of the most visually appealing of the DC Animated movies so far, especially after the look of the last Superman animated feature seemed a little strange (yes, I mean you, Superman vs. The Elite). Upon the DVD release of Unbound fans will get their first glimpse of The Flashpoint Paradox, based on the comic Flashpoint, also written by Geoff Johns. The story follows the Flash as he is accidentally placed in an alternate timeline, where some heroes are villains, others are at war, and some don’t even exist. This is the story that essentially formed the new DC Multiverse that we now call the New 52, which makes me wonder if more DC Animated features will be based on New 52 stories. DC revealed a very short preview of the fight scene between Superman and Brainiac, and if you missed it you can watch it right here:

PREVIEW: Superman Unchained #1
Written by: Scott Snyder
Art by: Jim Lee and Scott Williams
On sale: June 12th, 2013
Synopsis: When thirteen satellites fall from the sky in one day, the logical suspect is Lex Luthor—even though he’s still locked up in prison! But a stranger question remains: If Superman didn’t stop the last satellite from falling, who did? There’s a mystery hidden where even Superman can’t see it—Can The Man of Steel drag a decades-old secret into the light? Don’t miss the debut of this red-hot new series from two of comics’ brightest superstars: SCOTT SNYDER and JIM LEE!
“One of the hardest things to do with a character like Batman or Superman who have had decades’ worth of stories is being able to introduce new lore into the mythology that feels organic and feels like it could have been there all along,” Lee said. “Hats off to Scott, because I think he’s doing it on both iconic characters.” Check out the full interview at LA Times’ HeroComplex.

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