Superman Returns

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Is Superman a savior?

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John C Dvorak, known cranky geek, asks whether Superman has become a “Christ allegory”?  In other words, has Superman become a modern day version of a long line of saviors who have rescued us when humanity has reached those low points in our history.  According to CNN:

Now, for many Christian moviegoers comes another gospel.

As the hype machine shifts into high gear for the upcoming release of “Superman Returns,” some are reading deeply into the film whose hero returns from a deathlike absence to play savior to the world.

“It is so on the nose that anyone who has not caught on that Superman is a Christ figure, you think, ‘Who else could it be referring to?’ ” said Steve Skelton, who wrote a book examining parallels between Superman and Christ.

As one of society’s most enduring pop-culture icons, Superman has often been observed as more than just a man in tights.

I think this is a good question.  We may be tempted to think of Superman as yet another comic book hero but we shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that, in the past, humans have given archetypes human form and have even worshipped those personifications of our archetypes as gods among us.  This may be the 21st century but Superman represents some of our greatest qualities.  He is a symbol of what we can become and I believe he and other superheroes like Batman, Spiderman and even the X-Men have become our equivalent of the demigods of the ancients.

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June 16, 2006 Posted by | General | 2 Comments

Spoiler free review …

Bluetights.net has posted a spoiler free review of the movie.  Bottom line:  Its all good!  Here is a taste of the review:

Superman fans – he’s back. This film delivers on all fronts. We all know that the action is through the roof, but the big question on everyone’s mind is the acting, so let’s start with the Man of Steel himself. Brandon Routh is my Superman. I really think he was fantastic in this film, and he was particularly strong in his Superman scenes with Kate Bosworth’s Lois Lane. There’s something very interesting going on in Brandon’s performance. He’s not simply cloning what Reeve gave us two decades ago, but he is exuding the same sort of aura that Reeve did back then. The best way that I can describe it is to say that these two are cut from the same cloth.

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June 11, 2006 Posted by | Storyline, Superman sites | Leave a comment

If you are a true fan you’ll get one of these …

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Alienware has released special edition notebooks and desktop PCs emblazoned with Superman artwork for the real fan!  According to CNET:

In this age of Hollywood-branded gadgets, it’s no surprise that Alienware has come out with a series of limited-edition Superman PCs to coincide with the caped crusader’s big-screen return. The individually numbered Area-51 desktop and notebook systems capture the Man of Steel mystique through case artwork, as well as desktop themes that incorporate touches from the Superman universe. Think green Kryptonite and Clark Kent’s glasses.

The site dedicated to these beautiful machines is worth the visit alone.  Just be warned, there are limited numbers available!

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June 8, 2006 Posted by | New media | 3 Comments

Superman Returns on Yahoo! Movies

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Yahoo! Movies has some pretty good coverage of Superman Returns.  There are trailers, images, information about the upcoming movie and even links to other Superman movies.  I battled a little to play movie trailers on the site through Quicktime but there is an option to play Windows Media videos too.

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June 1, 2006 Posted by | New media, Superman sites | 2 Comments

Official website revamped

The official Superman Returns website has been revamped somewhat.  There are TV spots and trailers in a variety of formats, not to mention the usual stills and other downloads.  It is well worth checking out.  You can even subscribe to the video feed in iTunes and receive new video as and when it is published.

I love the new TV spots.  We don’t get these here in South Africa so it is great to see all the new footage.  Love the Web!

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June 1, 2006 Posted by | New media, Superman sites | Leave a comment