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Franchise Killers: Superman IV: The Quest for Peace

The first-ever superhero movie franchise started with Superman: The Movie in 1978.  Producers Ilya and Alexander Salkind were so certain of its success that they filmed the movie’s sequel back-to-back with the original.  Unfortunately, the Salkinds clashed with director Richard Donner so they replaced him on Superman II with Richard Lester.  Lester took full control of the third movie in what most assumed would be a trilogy.  After Superman III proved to be a critical and commercial disappointment, Christopher Reeve announced that he was done with the character.  The Salkinds eventually sold the rights to the Superman franchise to Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus who hoped to revive the series at Cannon Films.  Instead, Superman IV: The Quest for Peace did what Lex Luthor never could.  It killed Superman.

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Worst to First: Ranking the DC Superhero TV Shows

We’re one week away from the release of Justice League.  As a fan of DC Comics, I am approaching this movie with a mixture of curiosity and dread.  Let’s face it, Justice League is probably going to be awful.  Only this summer’s Wonder Woman gives us any reason to hope otherwise.  But even if the movies fail us, at least we can turn to the small screen for some superhero adventures.  As I brace myself for almost certain disappointment, I have ranked all of the DC superhero TV shows from Worst to First.

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Lego Dimensions: Fun With Funpacks: Superman, Wonder Woman and Cyborg


Today’s fun packs include some heavy hitters from the DC Universe.  All three of these characters come equipped with some pretty useful skills.  What do you expect from a bunch of superheroes?  They aren’t necessarily going to open up any new gameplay since everyone has access to the DC Comics adventure world through the Lego Dimensions Starter Pack, but you’ll probably find yourself reaching for these guys as one-stop shopping for a lot of skills.  Plus, who doesn’t want the Justice League as part of their collection?

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Superhero Smackdown: Batman Vs. Superman

Batman V Superman

At long last, Batman and Superman are finally sharing the silver screen.  Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice finds the two heroes at cross purposes.  If you want to see how that plays out, you’ll have to see the movie.  Or you could just watch the trailer and assume that they team up with Wonder Woman to fight Doomsday and form the Justice League in the already-announced follow-up movies.  But where’s the fun in that?  Like most cinematic prize fights, this one will probably end inconclusively.  But that’s not how we roll here at Le Blog.  We’re having a Super Hero Smackdown which will end with a definitive victor.  Who will it be?  The Man of Steel or The Dark Knight?

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Readers Rank the Superman Movies

Superman Posters

In anticipation of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, I ranked all of the Superman movies from worst to first.  Naturally, I asked readers to do the same.  And once again, the readers and I were mostly in agreement.  But while the overall rankings were pretty close to my own, there was one movie in particular where readers were extremely conflicted.
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Worst To First: Ranking the Superman Movies

Later this month, Superman and Batman will appear on the big screen for the first time.  Leading up to the release of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, we’ll be looking back at the cinematic history of the Man of Steel and the Dark Knight.  To kick things off, we’re going to rank the Superman movies from worst to first.

Let me start off by saying something that is very hard for me to say as a lifelong Superman fan.  Most of the movies featuring the Last Son of Krypton aren’t very good.  There’s really only two that are worth watching.  For the rest of the bunch, we’re splitting hairs to determine which belong at the bottom of the barrel.

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Super Heroes of the Seventies

Legends of the Superheroes - full cast

It has been said that we are living in a Golden Age of super hero stories.  The genre is certainly experiencing a boom in popularity at the movies and on TV.  But the seventies were no slouch in the super hero department either.  Some of the seeds of our modern day super hero explosion were sown back in the 70’s.

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Baby Watching Superman Fly Is Greatest Thing Ever

I have to hand it to this kid. He picked the best scene in the entire movie. Man of Steel is not a favorite of mine. But watching this 16-month old react to Superman flying melts my cold, cold heart. Note to his Dad: Show him the Richard Donner Superman. Bet he’ll love it.

Wonder Woman Cast!

wonder woman

I have been a vocal critic of this year’s Superman reboot, Man of Steel from Zach Snyder and David Goyer.  Their involvement in the sequel has me less than excited about the project.  The announcement that Ben Affleck would co-star as Batman had me even less excited – both because I didn’t care for the casting and because I didn’t really want to see Batman crowding Superman out of his own movie.  I had suggested that if WB wanted to team Superman up with another hero, it made more sense to have Wonder Woman co-star.

Well, apparently I will get my wish.  Gal Gadot has been cast as Wonder Woman in the untitled sequel.

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The REAL Batman Vs. Superman

daly vs. conroy

On their Daly Show, Tim Daly (the voice of Superman) and his son Sam take on Kevin Conroy (the voice of Batman).  Mostly they just quote every recent Batman and Superman movie.  But no necks are snapped.  And coming from these guys, it’s all awesome.

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Personal Musings: Nerd Rage


“I think a lot of us have realized that being a nerd … it’s not about what you love.  It’s about how you love it.”

Wil Wheaton, King of the Nerds

It’s hard to believe it has been over a month since the world learned that Ben Affleck had been cast as Batman in the Man of Steel sequel.  It seems like only yesterday, the internet was in an uproar over the idea of the former Daredevil playing the Dark Knight. 
Since that time, every celebrity with any connection to Batman or Affleck has been put on the spot and more or less forced to say, “Give Batfleck a shot”.  Big surprise, Matt Damon thinks his best friend is up to the task!  After the initial outrage on Twitter died down, there followed a wave of shaming.  It was as if everyone who didn’t have a strong reaction to Affleck’s casting felt the need to shame those who did.

Review: Man of Steel

Man of Steel

This year marks 75 years since Superman’s first appearance in Action Comics #1 in June of 1938.  When he first appeared, he wore a circus strongman’s outfit while performing feats of strength.  The original Superman couldn’t fly.  He leapt tall buildings in a single bound.  Over the years, Superman has been adapted to stage, screen and radio.  He’s been on TV and the movies both in animation and live action.  Not surprisingly, the Man of Steel has changed with the times.  In the post 9/11-era, the original super hero was in danger of seeming outdated.  To that end, Christopher Nolan and David Goyer, the creative force behind the Dark Knight trilogy, have teamed with Watchmen director, Zach Snyder, to reinvent Superman for the 21st Century.

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