Archive for October, 2013

Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics


Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics” explores the thin line between right and wrong, the nature of evil and how super-villains can reflect society’s dark side as well as our own personal fears.  It also offers keen insight as to the reasons why comic book fans are so fascinated by the very characters they hope to see defeated. Featuring interviews with such luminaries as directors Richard Donner (Superman), Guillermo del Toro (Pacific Rim) and Zack Snyder (Man of Steel), the film focuses on DC Comics’ most terrifying villains, including The Joker, Lex Luthor, Bane, Black Adam, Black Manta, Catwoman, Darkseid, Deathstroke, Doomsday, General Zod, Sinestro, the Suicide Squad, and more.




Man of Steel: The Official Movie Novelization – $2 today only


The Man of Steel: The Official Movie Novelization by Greg Cox is $2 today for the Kindle as part of Amazon’s “Love the movie, read the book” promotion.

The official novelization of the new Man of Steel movie featuring Superman. The film, from director Zack Snyder, stars Henry Cavill (The Tudors) as Superman/Clark Kent, three-time Oscar® nominee Amy Adams (The Fighter) as Daily Planet journalist Lois Lane, and Oscar® nominee Laurence Fishburne (What’s Love Got to Do with It) as her editor-in-chief, Perry White. Starring as Clark Kent’s adoptive parents, Martha and Jonathan Kent, are Oscar® nominee Diane Lane (Unfaithful) and Academy Award® winner Kevin Costner (Dances with Wolves).Squaring off against the superhero are two other surviving Kryptonians, the villainous General Zod, played by Oscar® nominee Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road), and Faora, Zod’s evil partner, played by Antje Traue. Also from Superman’s native Krypton are Lara Lor-Van, Superman’s mother, played by Ayelet Zurer, and Superman’s father, Jor-El, portrayed by Academy Award® winner Russell Crowe (Gladiator).

Rounding out the cast are Harry Lennix as U.S. military man General Swanwick, as well as Christopher Meloni as Colonel Hardy.
Man of Steel is being produced by Charles Roven, Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas and Deborah Snyder. The screenplay was written by David S. Goyer, from a story by Goyer and Nolan, based upon characters appearing in comic books published by DC Comics. Superman created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. Thomas Tull and Lloyd Phillips are serving as executive producers.

Currently in production, Man of Steel is slated for release on June 14, 2013 and will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

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Blasting Through 75 Years of Superman


“In honor of the hero’s 75th anniversary, Man of Steel director Zack Snyder and DC animated universe maestro Bruce Timm have crafted this two-minute animated short, which blasts through the highlights of the character’s many incarnations, from comics, to movies, video games, and even pop art.”

Check out the 2 minute animated short, and read the full article on Entertainment Weekly

Worshiping Superman


So… they stole my idea of starting a Church of Superman…but did it have to be Branden Routh?


Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Deluxe Edition Blu-ray Combo Pack



“Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Deluxe Edition” arrives today – October 8, 2013 – from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment as a Blu-ray Combo Pack and as a DVD.

This seamless combination of the heralded two-part “Batman: The Dark Knight Returns” is accompanied on the Blu-ray Combo Pack by several new bonus features, including a 70-minute Frank Miller retrospective, an all-new filmmaker commentary, four exclusive collector cards with never-before-seen artwork, and all of the extra content originally found on the original Part 1 & 2 releases.

Based on Frank Miller’s celebrated graphic novel, the film finds the Dark Knight, along with new sidekick Robin, battling iconic villains, including Two-Face and The Joker. Beyond his longtime foes awaits a global catastrophe racing toward Gotham City, and with it comes a familiar face, Superman – though this time he has Batman in his sights. Witness this aging Dark Knight as he wages a tireless war against crime while proving that courage and will are indeed timeless.

Attached is box art for the national release of the film.

Note: Target stores also have an exclusive Steel Book version of the Blu-ray Combo Pack:

Below are links to a few interesting interview clips from members of the voice cast, including:
1. Michael Emerson (Person of Interest, Lost), the voice of the Joker, discussing the Joker-Psychologist relationship.
2. Mark Valley (Human Target, Body of Proof), the voice of Superman, discussing Superman’s role in the film.
3. Peter Weller (RoboCop), the voice of Batman, discussing his approach to the role of Batman.

Links to video files …

Michael Emerson

Mark Valley

Peter Weller

Action Comics Cover #593 (John Byrne)