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DC Reverses Their Decision on Child’s Memorial Statue

Man of Steel Ending
DC being nice to kids makes Superman happy.

Yesterday DC Comics was facing some very negative PR when they denied the request to allow a memorial statue for a murdered child to use the Superman “S” shield. What a difference 24 hours of internet rage can make on such a decision.

The Toronto Star, who broke the original story, has received a statement from DC Comics where they say it’s now OK to use the logo on the memorial:

“DC Entertainment uses a flexible set of criteria when we receive worthy requests such as this, and at times have reconsidered our initial stance,” a spokesperson said in a statement.

“After verifying the support of appropriate family members, DC Entertainment will be allowing the Jeffrey Baldwin Memorial Statue to feature the Superman ‘S’ shield.”

If you head over to the Toronto Star story you can see a picture of what the statue will look like.

DC Denies Superman “S” Shield on Murdered Child’s Memorial

What’s wrong with you, DC?

A child who was starved to death and loved Superman will not have the Superman logo on his memorial statue, thanks to DC Comics.

According to the Toronto Star, a five year old boy named Jeffry Baldwin was starved to death by his grandparents and a father from Ottawa started a fundraising campaign to build a memorial for the boy. As he dressed up for Superman for Halloween, the statue was to be as him dressed as the Man of Steel.

Unfortunately DC stepped in and denied the use of the Superman “S” shield on the statue. While DC wouldn’t comment on the Toronto Star story, it’s believed that DC doesn’t want the character associated with child abuse. But if that’s the case, how do they explain Superman destroying Metropolis at the end of Man of Steel.

Until DC realizes how bad this makes them look and allows the memorial to happen, I say everyone stops reading their comics and watching their shows/movies.

First Look at Superman in ‘Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice’

Warner Brothers has released the first image of Superman in costume from the 2016 sequel. Unlike our first look at Batman, this one is in full color, and as you can see there aren’t any major changes to the suit. One minor change appears to the the belt, as the buckle was an oval on the Man of Steel suit but appears to be square on this suit. That’s an unusual change, so it could just be a fluke with this image.

This is the first official full color promotional shot from the movie, so it’s likely kicking off a series of releases leading up to DC’s massive blow-out for the movie at San Diego Comic Con later this month.

Jim Lee’s Superman Unchained Finale Cover Revealed

Jim Lee has been my favorite comic artist from back when he drew Punisher and then took X-Men to an all new level in the 90s. So when he moved on to DC fans knew he would do the same thing for those characters. Following runs on both Batman & Superman, he relaunched everything with the New 52 Justice League, and recently he and Batman writer Scott Snyder have been doing a Superman series titled Superman Unchained.

That series is coming to a close soon, and the gatefold cover that Jim Lee did for the final issue has been revealed. I need a super high-res version of this as my desktop…

Has Marvel Forgotten About Continuity in Comics?

Marvel’s film division is doing an amazing job with continuity from one movie to another. Even connecting to television, Marvel likes to point out to everyone how #itsallconnected. They’re embracing the shared continuity of the comics, where something that happens to a character in one movie has lasting effects across all of the other movies. It’s perhaps one reason comic fans are really loving what Marvel is doing with their movies, and why some are equally excited about DC taking the same approach.

But as someone who reads comics on a weekly basis it’s been bugging me that Marvel seems to have forgotten about continuity in their monthly books. It wasn’t always a problem, but it’s been growing worse since the Marvel Now! relaunches where it seems that certain writers are perfectly happy to live in their own little universe detached from the rest of Marvel.

This started to become noticeable during the big Avengers vs. X-Men event a couple of years ago. In the tie-in issues of Wolverine and the X-Men, they gave Logan some nice character development. Still haunted by killing Jean, he convinced himself that no matter what he wasn’t going to allow himself to kill Hope. Instead, he’ll protect her. This was a great bit of growth for Wolverine, which Bendis immediately discarded in his next issue of the main story where Wolverine decided he needed to “kill the bitch”.

A more recent example would be the Avengers and New Avengers books. I absolutely love the epic story Hickman is telling in those books, and he totally nailed the landing on Infinity making it one of the best Marvel events in years. But the problem comes with how detached those team books are from the character’s solo books. It seems like no matter what happens to Cap in his own title, it has no affect on Hickman’s version of Cap. A very recent example of what Mark Waid has done in Hulk. Where Banner basically is lobotomized in the solo book, there’s zero reference to him being in that state in the Avengers titles. In fact, he was just made a member of the Illuminati!

Some writers seem to try to pay attention to what others are doing, such as the mention of Electro being beat up by The Punisher in a secondary story in Amazing Spider-Man #1, which references the recent Punisher re-launch. But that’s still not good enough, as when other writers live in their own pocket Marvel Universe it hurts the continuity of the overall line.

People love to bash DC’s New 52 relaunch, but for the most part their continuity from book-to-book each month has been much better than what Marvel’s been doing. A big event in Batman’s life, such as the death of Damian or the Death in the Family storyline, has lasting effects across all the Bat-family books and is even referenced in other titles where Batman shows up. Right now the Superman storyline Doomed is going on, and it’s being dealt with in not only the other Superman titles but also the team-up books like Batman/Superman and Superman/Wonder Woman.

Justice League is obviously DC’s version of The Avengers, and that title remains to be the center of the DC comic universe where everything that happens with major events (such as Forever Evil that just ended) is felt in that title. It’s almost the exact opposite of Marvel, where Avengers and New Avengers seem like Hickman’s little superhero playground with no regard to what the solo books do to the characters.

I love the Marvel books and remember even within the last decade when they had great continuity on a month-to-month basis. The days of House of M and Civil War really showed the Marvel Universe as one shared continuity. Ever since Marvel Now! it feels like Marvel has lost that, while Marvel Studios has embraced it with the films. Maybe the comic side of things should look to their movie division, or even their corporate sibling Lucasfilm, for ways to unify the continuity once again.


5 Reasons Man of Steel is the Best Superman Movie Ever

I have said that Man of Steel is the Superman movie I’ve wanted to see my entire life. And it is. The movie is hitting Blu-Ray in just over a week, and if you haven’t seen it you should read our review where we gush over how awesome it is, and then here are five reasons why it’s still the best Superman movie ever made:

Lois Isn’t a Blind Idiot

This was the biggest change to the mythos, and the most welcome. Lois Lane is supposed to be a brilliant investigative reporter, but we’re expected to believe that she can’t figure out that Clark Kent is Superman just because he wears a pair of glasses? Having Lois figure out his identity right from the start is a needed change for the character and one that should absolutely move over to the New 52 comics…

It’s the Comic Book Krypton

This isn’t the Richard Donner ice crystals, which did eventually make their way over to the comics. This is the technologically advanced Krypton with its own alien beasts and cities. I also love that they adapted the comic book idea that Superman’s suit is Kryptonian armor, which is exactly what it is in the New 52 as well. They did an excellent job tying the movie Kryptonian stuff from the comics to Man of Steel.

It Establishes a Shared DC Cinematic Universe

From multiple appearances of LexCorp in the movie, to the Wayne Enterprises satellite, Man of Steel is the first movie in the DC Cinematic Universe. I can’t wait to see where it goes from here, and if I had to compare this start to Marvel’s start in Iron Man, I’d say Man of Steel was the superior kick off of the two…

Kryptonians Fight Like Kryptonians

For the first time we finally get to see true Kryptonian fights on the screen. Fast and extremely powerful, this is the sort of thing we’ve seen in comics, but never in a movie. Not even any of the Hulk movies have shown strength like this. The speed at which Superman and Zod fought each other, and yes even the controversial destruction, finally puts a DC comic on the big screen in the way we’ve always wanted.

The Music

This is the most controversial point, but Hans Zimmer’s score is one of the highlights of Man of Steel. Leading up to the movie, his theme was the most worrisome part of the movie. How could he possibly live up to John Williams? The result was something completely different, and it really ties in with the alien science fiction feel that the Superman comics have always delivered.

Honorable Mention:
That Ending

Clark arrives for his first day at the Daily Planet and Lois of course recognizes him. The theme finally is full and it swells. You can’t be a Superman fan and not grin, cheer, and look forward to Batman vs. Superman in 2016.

Jor-El’s Costume is Better Than Catwoman’s

The Man of Steel’s costume choices are definitely controversial. Clueless internet blowhards who don’t actually read comic books are still complaining about the lack of red briefs on Supe’s costume. I’d really hate to see the brain anuerism they’ll have if they ever actually go in a comic book shop and look at a recent issue of Superman. After that costume reveal, and the laughable attempt at Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises, hope that the Nolan gang would put out a decent Superman started to dissipate.

And then we saw Jor-El. And I like it.

They’re obviously going far away from the Donner Kryptonian designs; and the initial look at Jor-El’s costume, and the detail on it, leads one to think Krypton may have a high fantasy mixed with sci-fi look to it. You can also see elements of the Superman costume (beyond the S-shield obviously) in the pure Krypton costume Jor-El is wearing.

Too bad we’ll have to wait until June 2013 to see it. Although as they’re filming now, a teaser on Batman next summer wouldn’t be out of the question.

‘DCnU’ Superman Costume Confirmed For The Man of Steel

Back when the first picture of Henry Cavill as Superman was released, people noticed that he crotch area was purposely in shadow. Those who have been following the DC Comics relaunch, believed that he wouldn’t have the red trunks. This is partially due to the completely stupid lawsuit going on over the rights to Superman, as well as the fact that the movie will be released nearly two years after the relaunch; at which time the costume without the trunks will be the standard Superman suit.

This week, new set photos from the currently-filming The Man of Steel surfaced and they confirmed that the new “DCnU” Superman costume is indeed being used in Zack Snyder’s movie. As a result, fanboys on the internet not well versed in the current happenings of the comic industry jumped up on their soapbox and went ballistic over the lack of the red briefs on the costume. There are really two reasons why it has been changed for the movie:

1. Warner Brothers and DC Comics is currently undergoing a long and nasty legal battle brought on by a billionaire who is trying to steal the rights for Superman for himself by going through the heirs of Superman’s creators. The most recent judgement in the case basically split Superman in two with the heirs being to certain elements from Action Comics #1. Part of those elements include aspects of the costume, which is one of the reasons why the new Superman suit in the comics lacks the red briefs.

2. DC is doing a massive relaunch of all of their titles this September, and Superman is a big part of it. They are marketing the hell out of the new books, and when 2013 rolls around the redesigned Superman costume will have been the standard suit for about two years.

Basically, people on the internet are overreacting like they always do. Add in being uninformed, and it makes the whole thing even worse and those people look even dumber than they already are.

The Man of Steel’s Official Synopsis

Zack Snyder’s The Man of Steel has been filming for a little while now, and it looks like it may start up soon in Vancouver as an extras call is going out. As part of that extras call, the official synopsis of the movie has leaked out, and it gives a decent idea of what the movie will be about:

In the pantheon of superheroes, Superman is the most recognized and revered character of all time. Clark Kent/Kal-El (Cavill) is a young twentysomething journalist who feels alienated by powers beyond anyone’s imagination. Transported to Earth years ago from Krypton, an advanced alien planet, Clark struggles with the ultimate question – Why am I here? Shaped by the values of his adoptive parents Martha (Lane) and Jonathan Kent (Costner), Clark soon discovers that having super abilities means making very difficult decisions. But when the world needs stability the most, it comes under attack. Will his abilities be used to maintain peace or ultimately used to divide and conquer? Clark must become the hero known as “Superman,” not only to shine as the world’s last beacon of hope but to protect the ones he loves.

It still sounds a lot like Birthright. Hopefully more stuff about the movie will trickle out, as 2013 is a long ways away.

Henry Cavill as The Man of Steel

This morning Warner Brothers released the first picture of Henry Cavill in full Superman mode. The picture is a little dark, but you get a pretty good look at the costume. If you look closely, it doesn’t appear as if he’s wearing red briefs; so it looks as if they are probably going off the new costume design for the new movie.

For a high-resolution version of the image, you can click here.