June 14, 2013 |
SORRY, Zack Snyder, but you're not going to make me call him Hopeman. In "Man of Steel," the famously humorless director has invented a new backstory for his scowling reinvention of the DC comics hero, and it allows him to get two hours into the movie without actually using the word Superman. You wonder if Snyder thought the name too Christopher Reeve-y, too upbeat, too optimistic. So he's called his movie "Man of Steel" and in his new origins story, the "S" on the character's chest is not an "S," but a symbol that on the planet Krypton means "hope.
June 10, 2013
Larry Tye is the author of "Superman: The High-Flying History of America's Most Enduring Hero," now out in paperback (Random House) The comics had never beheld a golden goose like him. By the end of World War II, Superman was the marquee attraction in four separate comic books and shared top billing with Batman in a fifth. Each magazine brought in just 10 cents, but a 1940s dime is today's dollar, and 3.2 million dimes were rung up every month. True Man of Tomorrow addicts could get a daily dose in the funny pages.
July 6, 2012 |
Superman just entered his 75th year, but he has always been ageless as well as timeless. In the 1930s, he was just the crime-fighter we needed to take on Al Capone and the robber barons. In the '40s, he defended the home front while brave GIs battled overseas. Early in the Cold War, he stood up taller than ever for his adopted country, while in its waning days, he tried to eliminate nuclear stockpiles single-handedly. Over the decades, the Man of Steel has evolved more than the fruit fly. For each era, he zeroed in on the threats that scared us most, using powers that grew or diminished depending on the need — as did his spectacles, his hairstyle, and even his job title.
May 13, 2011 |
LOS ANGELES - It's up, up and away for Superman. "Smallville" ends tonight after 10 seasons of stories on the transformation of mild-mannered Clark Kent (Tom Welling) into the Man of Steel. A lot can happen to a series in 10 years. The original concept behind the show was to create a program about a family dealing with a special-needs child - one who just happens to have superpowers. It ends at a much different place. Accepting people's differences became a major theme in early seasons.
January 31, 2011 |
G EORGE REEVES , Christopher Reeve and Brandon Routh and a few elite others are soon to be joined in Superman lore by Englishman Henry Cavill . And one more American institution will have been taken over by the British. Cavill, 27, best known to U.S. audiences for his role on "The Tudors," will star as the man from Krypton in the next installment of the movie franchise. Warner Bros. announced the casting yesterday. The film is to be directed by "300" director Zack Snyder , who said in a statement that Cavill is "the perfect choice to don the cape and 'S' shield.
July 17, 2006 |
If you haven't seen Superman Returns and want to be surprised by the latest, if somewhat obvious, story twist, don't read this column. Otherwise, consider yourself warned. Much has been written about the scriptwriters' decision to delete Uncle Sam from the Superman triune: truth, justice and the American way. In the latest version, Superman represents "truth, justice and . . . all that stuff," as Daily Planet editor Perry White puts it. Some critics have been deeply offended by the extraction of American exceptionalism from this quintessentially American superhero and take it as yet another manifestation of lefty Hollywood's self-loathing.
June 30, 2006 |
With Superman soaring on the silver screen again after a 19-year hiatus, sales of his comic titles likely will go "Up, Up and Away. " That is the title of the arc running in the two main Superman titles - "Superman" Nos. 650-653 and "Action Comics" Nos. 837-840 - and it is a story that perfectly complements the movie. "It's very enjoyable," said "Law and Order: SVU" and comic writer Christos Gage. "It's laying the groundwork for a wealth of future stories while re-establishing the character at a perfect time, when the movie may bring in new readers.
June 20, 2006 |
The first time Brandon Routh saw Superman, he got a headache. "I was born the year after Superman: The Movie came out, so I watched it on television when I was 5 or 6 years old," recalls the 6-foot-3 actor. "I wore my Superman pajamas and a little cape, and was so excited to see the movie that I gave myself a migraine headache and got sick to my stomach. I was pretty darned excited, lying on my side, watching the movie through the stomach pain. It was something big and something special.
January 10, 2003 |
Clark Kent is the latest symbol of the disruptive power of capitalism. His superhero cocoon, the phone booth, is becoming extinct. The life and imminent death of the phone booth come at the hands of the dynamic capitalist process that the great economist Joseph Schumpeter called "creative destruction. " The creation of the modern cell phone system is destroying the phone booth. A functioning global cellular network has finally emerged, and, for better or worse, society has moved past the point where it is considered rude to hold a private conversation in public.
November 8, 1996 |
Kevin Sinclair is one of the best running backs in South Jersey history. On this, you will have to trust the numbers and observers. You won't hear it from Sinclair, who is to brash what Michael Jackson is to down-to-earth. Wearing glasses and a collared shirt, Sinclair appears as quiet as he actually is. And, off the field, about the only thing animated about him is his favorite movie: The Lion King. "I like the music," Sinclair said of the Disney box-office hit. No, this is not your average football star.