Superman and the death of innocence
Between the currently filming Man of Steel movie and the recent complete relaunch of all the relevant comics, DC Comics and its Time Warner corporate parent are undergoing one their periodic efforts to reinvent Superman. Max Landis is here to give new fans a glum history lesson in The Death and Return of Superman.
Landis, screenwriter behind the current box-office hit Chronicle, narrates a lively, long personal recollection of DC's big stunt of 20 years ago: 1992's “Death of Superman” storyline, with the tone of a once-innocent, now-jaded fanboy. He's done this before with other bits of the medium's history, but this time the cast has big names: Mandy Moore as a clueless Lois Lane, Elijah Wood as the villainous Cyborg Superman and one of Hollywood's most successful directors in a cameo.
The 26-year-old Landis (son of veteran Hollywood director John Landis) rips the comics for their unlikely plot points, including Superman's inevitable resurrection. The younger Landis also notes the storyline's success led DC to kill off and revive almost every hero it had. The cinematic version may not be thriving, but he has, at least, been spared all of this.