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Reign of the Supermen | Review

DC Comic’s movie Reign of the Supermen picks up where The Death of Superman movie left off–namely with Superman dead. But, the four new Supermen (Cyborg Superman, Visor Superman/Eradicator, Superboy, and Steel) have already arrived. The story deals with deciding who is Superman. Along the way, they must deal with a dangerous threat.

First off the animation was pretty good. It followed the recent animation style the other DC animated movies have been using. I like how it is a mix of realistic and comic book (or animation) styles; the characters seem cartoon-like but also have a slight human/real quality to them. 

The characteristics of the four Supermen followed their comic book versions well. Superboy is the slightly annoying teenager and Steel is a serious/mature inventor. Cyborg Superman still has that ability to pass himself off as Superman while at the same time making you feel uneasy. Eradicator had that machine logic coldness to him. 

At first, I was a bit disappointed that the movie didn’t follow the comic series closer; but in the end, I was glad it was a new story. I was glad to see that they didn’t destroy Coast City like in the comics–for a bit I thought it might have a happier ending, but then they flipped things at the last second (like after the final battle was over–you think everything is fine, but it’s not). 

I enjoyed the Easter Eggs of them showing the comics’ cover art as the news article photos. During a montage showing the four Supermen as they saved the day, various news articles were shown and the pictures with the article were copies of the Reign of the Superman cover art.

It was kind of a let down to see that Cyborg Superman wasn’t as much of a “big bad” as he was in comic. For most of the movie, he is just a pawn to the real threat. He does finally rebel and become the threat, but he just didn’t have that same uneasy, scary nature he did in the comics. In the movie, he was more of a crazy person than this hate filled man that seemed incredibly powerful. In the comic, people were scared of Cyborg Superman. In the movie, he was just a pawn.

img_2674I liked how Lois had more of a part to play in the movie version. She, as you would expect, was right in the middle of everything. You could say she was the main character and the four Supermen were just supporting characters. 

I also liked how the movie staff managed to develop the four Supermen’s characters in such a small time. I felt like I knew Superboy and Steel by the time the movie was over. I didn’t know everything about them, but enough to like them. I would have liked it if they were given more screen time though. I really hope there are some Steel and Superboy movies coming, even just one for each or something–maybe a new take on the Bloodlines series.

The ending left me unsatisfied though. I’m going to spoil a part of it here, so skip this if you want.

After the battle, all the people change back into humans. I’m thinking, “Whoo, they’re all right!” but they remained motionless and one person, the girlfriend of one of the affected people, stays crying. It then changes to six months later and everyone is happy. There is no mention of hundreds of people dying or a memorial being set up or stories of people getting out of the hospital; it’s just Lois and Clark eating and the audience finding out that Lois and Wonder Woman are going to have a Girl’s Night Out. It then shows everyone being excited that Superman is alive. It just made me feel like, “WHAT?!” It was like, “Oh, yeah, uh, hundreds of people died but that’s okay, everything is awesome now.” It just kind of left a bad taste in my mouth and left me feeling like things were unresolved. The movie had been great up till then. Now I’m just kind of left feeling “uh…what?”

I did enjoy the end credit scene. It was hilarious. Green Lantern’s “Who left the front door open” line just made it even better.

Overall, the movie was really good. I felt like the plot kept to the comics but added to it. The animation and music was enjoyable. The acting and characters were believable. I’d been waiting for DC to do this movie pretty much since the series came and it didn’t disappoint. Other than the fact that I wish Superboy and Steel would have gotten more airtime, and I would have liked Cyborg Superman to have been more of a threat, I was glad I bought the movie. My main problem was the ending and how they just kind of swept the pervious scene under the rug. It made it feel unresolved. 

I have to give the movie an 8/10 maybe 8.5 if I’m being generous. I really liked the movie. I had a great time; I’ll probably watch it again (and again most likely), but there just was some strong issues that stopped it from being a 9.5. It would have gotten a higher score if they would have resolved the final scene in some way.

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Mortal Engines (movie): A tale involving life after a destructive war. To survive many of the cities, such as London, became mobile. A young man and woman must team-up to stop London’s plans to conquer everyone.

While I enjoyed the movie and am looking forward to reading the book, I did find the movie a little cliché. Tom Natsworthy is a Londoner who fully believes that what London does is the best–at least until he meets Hester and learns not everything is as it seems. But, I really enjoyed the action and flow of the movie. It seemed to continually be moving forward.

img_2674I did get confused when Tom has Katherine open up the city’s engine. It shows him hovering the glider-plane as it opens and then it just changes to him rescuing Hester. It never really tells why he wanted the gate opened. I’m assuming he did something to halt the city’s engines.

I enjoyed the character development. Hester goes from a revenge seeking woman who cares only about killing the one who murdered her mother to someone trying to stop London’s plans. I also liked the twist of why Hester is being hunted by a bounty hunter.

4/5

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (movie): The movie focuses on Miles Morales going from normal teen to the next Spider-Man.

I really enjoyed the art style. They managed to have a mix of animation and comic book style. I liked how they would have thought bubbles or narration/voice-over boxes appear at times.

The movie had everything you’d expect from a Spider-Man film: action, humor, and web-swinging. I enjoyed the running gag of the Spider-People telling their origin story each time they showed up. And the sight gags never let up either.

The voice work was great. The characters really sounded scared or upset.

Finally, I liked the Spider-Man Easter Eggs, such as the old Spidey vehicles. They also managed to show pretty much every Spider-Man costume, including the new Gameverse (aka Marvel’s Spider-Man for PS4) costume. I also liked how they kept showing the number “42” now and then.

About the only thing I didn’t like is that they hinted at Spider-Verse sequels, which means now I have to wait for the next one to come out. Ugh, couldn’t they just do a weekly series instead. I don’t want to wait for more!

Truthfully, I did notice a few times when the animation was a little…laggy. The characters would jerk weird or their moments didn’t seem as fluid (and I don’t mean those times when the characters were purposefully glitching out for plot reasons).

4.9/5


Arrowverse Elseworlds

Before I start, I’d like to say if you haven’t seen the Elseworlds crossover event: you should. You can watch it free on the CW app (not sponsored).

Over the course of the last few days (Dec 9-11), the CW aired the Elseworlds crossover event. The three-parter once again brought Flash, Green Arrow, and Supergirl together. And this time (spoilers again) they took on a Monitor. This Monitor gave a reality bending book to some seemingly random person. The Monitor as it turns out was testing the worlds of the DC Multiverse because of a “crisis” and someone more powerful than he was coming *cough* Anti-Monitor *cough*.  After the heroes and their friends “defeat” the Monitor, the credits announce that “Crisis on Infinite Earths” was coming Fall 2019. 

After I saw the announcement, I started to wonder if that meant Flash and Supergirl were going to end. In the story “Crisis on Infinite Earths” (spoilers), Barry and Kara die. In fact, in part three they were suppose to die but Oliver talks the Monitor into sparing them because they are true heroes and an inspiration to everyone. Throughout the whole crossover, all the characters (but most notably Green Arrow) kept talking about how inspiring and heroic Flash and Supergirl are. That kind of sounds like they’re setting up for a series finale. Also, Flash in 2019 would be on its 6th season and Supergirl would be on its 5th. The powers that be might see this as a good time to end the shows before they become stale.

On the flipside, when Oliver demanded that the Monitor save Barry and Kara, the Monitor asked him what he would give up in return for their safety, which we never saw in the crossover. It could be that once again Barry and Kara are about to die, but Oliver sacrifices himself and Arrow (which would be on season 8) would end. And with the introduction of Batwoman, and her storyline being set up for a series, the CW might be looking for some space.

Of course, the CW could really go wild and do what the “Crisis” did in the comics and reboot everything. They could reboot the Arrowverse into something else. In the comics, the “Crisis” brought all the universes into one world. Maybe there’ll be a new Arrowverse where they’re all together–one that’s a combination of the DC Universe and Arrowverse. Considering the popularity of the Arrowverse, I doubt they’ll completely get rid of it.

What do you think? Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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