CM Podcast 278 – Superman: Man of Tomorrow (movie 2020)

A few months ago while searching for the release date of Superman: Red Son (a comic and animated movie that are both quite good), I came across an image for another upcoming Superman animated film called Superman: Man of Tomorrow.

There was no description of this movie but I was excited that WB Animation will be releasing another Superman film in 2020.

Fast forward to September 2020 and the release of Superman: Man of Tomorrow written by Tim Sheridan (co-writer of Reign of Superman Movie and other DC Animated series).

Jon and I have watched this movie and we felt it was…adequate. This movie is not based on any existing storyline in the Superman comics as far as I can discern. It has elements of the New 52 iteration of the Superman comics (Modern interpretation of Superman, Clark Kent is an internet at the Daily Planet, Superman has only just been spotted in a modern setting) but it does not specifically reference any direct comic storyline. Here is a clip of the movie for context:

Listen to the podcast and I will explain why this movie has the worst version of Lex Luthor since Superman Returns. This is a boilerplate Superman story whose only purpose is to establish Superman’s story in the modern age. There is nothing special about this movie and it will soon be forgotten in the coming months.

We recommend to watch this movie only if it becomes available on HBOMax and don’t pay any thing extra for it. If you are curious about the plot (or lack thereof), then you want to listen to the podcast.

Comics Misrememebered.com Podcast 278

CM Podcast 168 – Death of Superman Movie

Back in 1992, DC comic creators had planned a story line where Clark Kent would finally marry Lois Lane after years of dating.  This story was canceled at the last second due to a series of unfortunate events (which we chronicle in the podcast).

At the eleventh hour, the creative teams decide to go with a story line that was first suggested as a joke – “What if we kill Superman”? 

This led to the infamous Death of Superman story line that ran for a few years through all 4 Superman books leading to the ultimate issue – Superman #75 where Superman finally dies…at least for a year or so.  C’mon!  No one stays dead forever in comics. 😉

Here is what Superman #75 looked like in it’s sealed black plastic bag and the actual cover.

Jump to 2018, WB video has just released a direct-to-video original movie called The Death of Superman.  It is a adaptation of the multi-issue comic event that ends with Superman dying. (Spoilers!)

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Jon and I have watched the movie, read the comic event and give a brief oral history on why it was a good idea to kill one of the most recognized comic creations.

Your comics pal,

Jim

Comics Misremembered Podcast 168