With the new Man of Steel movie coming to theaters soon, I thought I’d watch the old Superman films. While the first two Superman films are cherished and well remembered, I was shocked to learn that his cousin Kara Zor-El also got a movie of her own. And I learned that was a big red flag.
The film starts out in the Kryptonian community (which survived the destruction of their home planet) of Argo City. Superman’s cousin Kara Zor-El is given the chance to examine a powerful sphere that powers the whole city. But in an accident, it is blasted out of the city and towards Earth. Kara follows soon after it, and when she arrives on Earth, she notices her new super powers thanks to the Earth’s yellow sun.
She almost instantly becomes Supergirl, but later adapts the human persona of Linda Lee when she isn’t ready to be a super-hero. Through both her role as Supergirl and Linda, she discovers the powerful sphere is now in the hands of a witch named Selena who uses it to multiply her strength. Even though she has powers that rival Superman’s, she must use all of her skills to counter Selena’s magic.
While I’ve always liked the character of Supergirl, her movie is pretty mediocre. The plot barely makes sense, and some of the scenes are laughably stupid. And to make matters worse, is that despite her super-strength Supergirl somehow turns into a damsel-in-distress a few times. I also loathed that her nemesis is a witch, and it makes me wonder why they couldn’t just use a well-known villain from the comics. Kara Zor-El may be beautiful and sweet, but her movie is total garbage.
Since the new Man of Steel film is coming out soon, I been meaning to check out the previous Superman films. I liked the original Superman film, and I heard Superman II was even better.
Superman II is set shortly after the events of the first film. Superman is a well-known hero, but as he saves Paris, France from a nuclear devices it’s hurled into space. The explosion causes three former Kryptonian criminals (who were punished by Superman’s father) to be freed from the the phantom zone. They travel to Earth and realize their new-found abilities thanks to the Earth’s yellow sun.
Evil General Zod and his two companions attempt to conquer the Earth. After devastating a small-town, General Zod forces the President of the United States to abdicate all his powers to him. With the Earth at his mercy, the only person capable of stopping is Superman. Now the Man of Steel must face three villains with powers that rivals his own.
I ended up liking Superman II more than the first film, as I felt it went by a little quicker and had better action. While I loved Lex Luthor in the first film, he never felt like a real threat to Superman. The new trio of evil Kryptonians definitely give Superman quite the challenge. The special effects at times are rather laughable but I think it holds up quite well.
With the newest Superman film Man of Steel about hit theaters, I thought I’d watch the older Superman films. I had seen them as a child, but it’s been so long I forgot most of the moments and the plot. So it’s almost like seeing a brand-new adventure for me.
Since it was the first major Superman film, this one obviously establishes the origins story. It starts out with Superman’s father Jor-El on Krypton pleading with officials there that their home planet will soon explode. Even though he is correct about his prediction, he fails to convince everyone else and sends his only son to Earth at the last minute. The boy Kal-El is raised by human parents who give him the name Clark Kent. When Clark becomes a man, he discovers his history, and the spirit of Jor-El convinces him to use his powers to help those on Earth.
At the same time Superman becomes famous, evil mastermind Lex Luthor is busy at work trying to become more powerful. When he notices Superman, he knows he may very well be able to stop him no matter the moment. So he takes initiative to seek Superman out and challenge him with plenty of traps to weaken the Man of Steel.
While some of the special effects (like the flying scenes) are obviously outdated, I really did like the original Superman film. I wished Superman showed off a few more powers than just flight and super-strength though. I thought his role as Clark Kent and his relationship with Lois Lane as both Kent and Superman was well-done. I thought the star of the show was Gene Hackman as Lex Luthor who adds comical brilliance to the character of the legendary super-villain. Needless to say I will be watching Superman II very soon.
As many of you know that I’ve lately been catching up on a lot of superhero films and TV shows I’ve been missing out on over the years. When I heard of Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, I was very excited as it shows the alternate universes that stayed mostly exclusive to the comic books story-lines. This one is about a interaction between two Earths where one Earth is completely backwards in almost every way.
The movie starts out with Lex Luthor surrendering to police authorities in his high-tech suit demanding to see the Justice League. Superman and friends go down to see Lex and Superman easily figures out that this is not the Lex Luthor he fought several times. This Lex Luthor is from an parallel Earth where is the leader of the Justice League, and begs the other Justice League to save his world.
The Justice League finds out that on his world that most of the superheroes in the Justice League have evil counterparts. Like the evil Kryptonian Ultraman, Wonder Woman’s counterpart Superwoman, and Batman’s evil twin Owlman. These dark villains have no hesitations about death and destruction, but the Justice League is determined to help the good Lex Luthor defeat the evil team.
While Crisis on Two Earths doesn’t give enough time and attention to all of it’s characters, I just loved the story. Seeing a completely polarized world was fascinating and I couldn’t get enough of it. I was also curious to see the good counterparts to DC super-villains but sadly you only get to see two whom are the good Lex Luthor and the Jester (Joker) who makes a brief appearance. While it may not be the greatest DC original animated movie, I don’t think any DC fan could dislike this one.