Whatever Happened to the Man of Steel? — My review of the 2013 Superman film

Henry Cavil Superman 03By Robert Gillis 7/2013

Usual disclaimer applies: Yeah, yeah, I more than understand that Superman is a fictional extraterrestrial comic book character who flies and shoots fire from his eyes. Usual retort to said disclaimer applies: While he never existed, Superman is also an iconic mythical character who has served as a heroic inspiration for millions, made a positive difference in the world for 75 years; he is the ultimate father figure, the ultimate role model, and the ultimate action hero, and a great force of good.

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I won the Superman Homepage Caption Contest Again!


This is kind of fun — there’s no prize involved, but I won the “Caption Contest” on the Superman Homepage several times 🙂  The Superman Homepage is THE site on the net for all things Superman: Comics, TV, Movies, and so much more.  I can honestly say there is no better place on the web if you love Kal-El.

One of the monthly features (besides all the news, podcasts, reviews, comic book and movie news, and EVERYTHING about Superman and his world — far, far more) includes posting a silly Superman picture and inviting readers to post humorous captions.

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I was a runner-up on the caption contest on Superman Homepage :)

This is kind of fun — there’s no prize involved, but I was a runner-up on the Superman Homepage many times times; I’ve posted some of my favorite runner-up wins here…

In addition too being the most comprehensive and best Superman site in the world, each month they post a silly Superman picture and invite readers to post humorous captions.

Check out the site; it’s excellent.   http://www.supermanhomepage.com



robertgillis:

Lex: “I am called… The Blur!”
Superman: “You can’t use that name.”
Batman: “Because it’s stupid.”
Superman: “I was going to say it was taken, but stupid works just as well.”



robertgillis:
Kal-El: “Daddy, why is a monkey crawling into my spaceship?”
Jor-El: “That’s just Beppo, my son.

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Thoughts on the “Smallville” finale

smallville-series-finale-clark

by Robert Gillis

On another excellent CW show, Supernatural, the prophet “Chuck” said this in a season finale (that was almost the series finale): “Endings are hard. Anyone can create a beginning, but endings are impossible. You try to tie up every loose end, but you never can. The fans are always gonna bitch. There’s always gonna be holes. And since it’s the ending, it’s all supposed to add up to something. I’m telling you, they’re a raging pain in the ass.”

In tonight’s finale of Smallville, there was so much that was good.

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Review: SUPERMAN II: THE RICHARD DONNER CUT


SUPERMAN II: THE RICHARD DONNER CUT REVIEW
by Robert Gillis
4/2007

Published on
SupermanCinema.co.uk

SPOILER WARNING-THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS SIGNIFICANT SPOILER INFORMATION ABOUT “SUPERMAN II: THE RICHARD DONNER CUT.”

THE ROAD TO THE RICHARD DONNER CUT:

Starting in 1977, director Richard Donner filmed SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE and SUPERMAN II simultaneously. In order to make the deadline for SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE, at some point in production it was decided to postpone filming the remaining scenes needed for SUPERMAN II until after SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE was finished.

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Remembering “Superman” star George Reeves, an all too human hero

Photo Credit: JimNolt.com, original photographer unknown.  JimNolt.com is the best site on the web devoted to all things George reeves and "Adventures of Superman."
Photo Credit: JimNolt.com, original photographer unknown. JimNolt.com is the best site on the web devoted to all things George Reeves and “Adventures of Superman.”

by Robert Gillis
Originally published in The Foxboro Reporter 6/1999 and revised for the Boston City Paper 11/2006

The recent release of the film “Hollywoodland” has cast new light and brought new interest in the unsolved death of George Reeves, star of the 1950s series, “Adventures of Superman.” He died before I was born, but I knew him well, and I regret his passing.

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Superman Returns Review


After nearly two decades, the Man of Steel is back!

Superman Returns Review

Published in edited form in the Foxboro Reporter June 2006
and in the Boston City Paper in edited form in two parts June and July 2006


By Robert Gillis

WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD! SIGNIFICANT FILM PLOT DETAILS REVEALED! IF YOU HAVE NOT YET SEEN THE FILM YOU MAY WANT TO STOP READING NOW.

Superman is far more than a comic book character.

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Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman: “Tempus Fugitiive,” A Critique

Lois and Clark and Baby Kal-El
Lois and Clark and Baby Kal-El

by Robert Gillis
March 25, 1995

“Hello! Duh! Clark Kent is Superman. Ha, ha, ha. Well, that was worth the whole trip. To actually meet the most galactically stupid woman who ever lived.” — Tempus, remarking that Lois Lane couldn’t figure out Clark’s secret

Acknowledging that it is just a TV show, and recognizing that I do have a life, I must still comment on my great disappointment with “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.” Last night’s episode started out wonderfully, with HG Wells showing up at the Daily Planet and enlisting the aid of Lois and Clark to battle an evil time traveler.

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Letter I wrote to DC Comics when Superman died

Here’s an oldie but a goodie, the only letter I ever wrote to DC Comics (back when they had letter columns). This was in response to the Death of Superman, in 1993…

Dear DC:

This is a letter that I have been meaning to write for a long time. Now that Superman has died, this is a letter that will never see print. That makes me a little sad; I would have loved to get a letter in a Superman letter column.

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