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superman all american

(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, political, and opinionated about anything and everything. In this edition: how a recent Superman comic is bringing out the worst side of America…and revealing what this country is supposed to stand for.)

In Action Comics #987, Superman faces a simultaneous barrage of small and large-scale calamities that see him harried, flying faster than a speeding bullet from crisis to crisis. One of them is an AR-15-wielding white guy sporting an American flag bandanna who opens fire on a group of Spanish-speaking factory workers. At the very last microsecond, Supes flies in front of the workers, shielding them from the bullets. He then berates the gunman for attempted murder (can you imagine!) and when the would-be killer bleats out that the workers stole his job and ruined him, Superman spits back that he should take responsibility for his own life.

With an ungodly to-do list, Superman then jets off to stop a spiteful activist from burning down a mansion to give the 1% what for, leaving the gunman and the workers in the hands of the local police. Yes, Superman is both against the mass murder of innocent people and against the destruction of private property. Yet his sense of fairness doesn’t work for Fox contributor Todd Starnes, who has twisted the issue to make it seem like Superman protecting innocent people is a new, liberal conspiracy meant to give pro-immigration forces a powerful ally. In Starnes’ take, Superman should have flown all the of the Spanish-speaking workers back across the border to Mexico. Since he didn’t, Starnes’ rhetorically asks, “Remember when Superman stood for truth, justice, and the American way?”

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darren aronofsky batman

Darren Aronofsky‘s Batman pitch was one of the famed projects stewing in development hell for years, cast aside by Warner Bros. executives for being too dark a take on a property that generally attracts families. The project, which Aronofsky worked on with Batman: Year One writer Frank Miller in 1999, envisioned an R-rated Batman who grew up on the streets, fighting villains in a ski mask and wielding brass knuckles.

But Aronofsky didn’t get his chance to do his “Travis Bickle”-style Batman, and the Caped Crusader got his gritty, realistic reboot with Christopher Nolan‘s Batman Begins instead. But with Aronofsky on his mother! press tour, questions about his Batman project keep coming up, and he revealed who he would have cast if his film had come to pass.

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Batman and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Crossover Comics

What’s happening in the next Batman and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles crossover comic? What does director Chris McKay say we can expect from his Nightwing movie? When will Aquaman be done shooting in Australia? Which superhero team appears to be getting back together in Marvel Comics? Will Tom Felton’s absence from this season of The Flash be explained?  All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

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Wild Pack

Will you try the Justice League VR experience? What’s the long range box office forecast for the opening weekend of Thor: Ragnarok? Does a casting call indicate Nick Fury will be appearing in The Avengers 4 after all? Why was Inhumans turned into a TV series instead of a movie? Want to get a look at Erik Kilmonger‘s villain suit from Black Panther? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

Hitman's Bodyguard - Deadpool Poster

What’s going on with Captain America in Secret Empire now and what’s coming in Marvel Legacy? What’s Slash doing on the set of Deadpool 2? How is Aquaman like an underwater version of Star Wars? Will Superman get his black suit in Justice League? Is Cat Grant the new White House press secretary on Supergirl? How much will Inhumans make at the box office this weekend? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

Superman new costume

Over a year ago, actor Henry Cavill teased Superman was changing up his style for Justice League. All directions seem to point to he’s coming back from the dead with a new look: the famous black suit. The next time we see Superman, he may resemble the fallen hero from “The Death of Superman.” Now, a toy for Justice League shows the character sporting the black suit.

Below, check out the Superman black suit action figure.

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Justice League Mortal

Before Batman v Superman, there was going to be Superman vs. Wonder Woman.

It’s a classic, bittersweet case of “what could’ve been.” George Miller‘s abandoned Justice League Mortal movie remains mostly a mystery to us, confined to the reaches of our imagination. But talking about the possibilities of never-made movies is always fascinating, and one of the the scrapped film’s cast members, Jay Baruchel (who was set to play villain Maxwell Lord), took a walk down memory lane to reveal some tantalizing details of the never-made film — including a brutal throwdown between two of the World’s Finest.

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