Monday, December 26, 2016

Doctor Who: The Return of Doctor Mysterio -- Superman BBC style

THE annual Christmas Day (2016) "Doctor Who" special on BBC was surprisingly loaded with Superman and Man of Steel references.
Not only was the show centered around a super-hero, but I counted many references and similarities to Superman in the program.

Titled, "The Return of Doctor Mysterio," producer Steve Moffat made it no secret that this special was his take on super-heroes, particularly about Superman. His "superman" was called "The Ghost."

The Doctor Who Christmas specials are also more humorous than the regular series and this one was no exception. Doctor Who is, in a way, his own variation of a super-hero, so this plot worked smoothly.

Any serious Superman fan -- even if they have never watched a Doctor Who before -- will not want to miss this show, also playing in a limited number of theaters on the big screen.

BELOW is a list of the Superman similarities I noticed in the show -- and they include SPOILERS, lest you read further below ...........

1. There's an early reference in a corporate setting to a Siegel and Shuster (creators of Superman).
2. There's a female reporter, Lucy Fletcher Lombard, in the show. Steve Lombard is a womanizer in Superman lore and apparently is too, as he left his former wife.
3. Lucy is an obvious reference to Lois Lane's sister,
4. There's a rotating globe on top a business building.
5. The show takes place in New York City (a Metropolis).
6. At one Point bullets bounce off "the Ghost" the super-hero, who flies and also has a big chest emblem.
7. The Ghost's powers come from the stars, kind of like Superman's.
8. At one point Lucy and The Ghost fly off together over the city, reminiscent of "Superman the Movie."
9. The Ghost also has super-strength, X-ray vision and super-hearing.
10. The Ghost has a secret identity as a mild-mannered nanny, named Grant.
11. At one point in the show, Doctor Who is reading an actual Superman comic book. Later, a reference is also made to Spider-Man.
12. Grant wears glasses in his civilian identity.
13. Lucy interviews the super-hero on top of a tall building rooftop.
14. Lucy asks the super-hero, "Do you have a girlfriend?" (Both reminiscent of "Superman the Movie.")

-All-in-All great fun -- and Doctor Who is eventually shown to have been the one who created "The Ghost."

-There are lots of non-Superman references too, as Doctor Who is mistaken for Santa Claus at one point.

-In the end, Doctor Who makes it clear that The Ghost should retire and that he is Earth's protector, not The Ghost.

-I couldn't tell if DC Comics or Superman showed up in the show's credits, as BBC America made them so small in side window at the end ...

-I surmise the "Doctor Mysterio" title is a reference to next season of "Doctor Who," where he moonlights as a college professor.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Don't Judge a (DC Comic) Book by its Cover ....

DC Comics has been putting way too much effort into its comic book covers of late (fall of 2016).
They often have 2 covers for one single regular comic book issue.
Also, the old adage, "Don't judge a book by its cover" also applies heavily of late to DC Comics.
DC isn't paying enough attention to its inside art or storyline.

EXAMPLE: I purchase "The Flash" No. 9 issue, solely based on the great cover artwork. I should have looked inside. The artwork inside was way sub par, almost bizarre in nature and the story not so great either.
A total waste of $2.99, except for the cover.

Lois Lane dies ...

DC Comics has quietly killed off Lois Lane --- yes Lois Lane.
Admittedly, there were two Lois Lanes in Superman comics at the start of DC Comic's new reboot, as were there two Supermans too.
Then, the younger Man of Steel died.
I was personally looking forward to the surviving Superman having to deal with two Lois Lanes -- the one he was married to and the other one, who worked at the Daily Planet.
When the other Superman died, The unmarried Lois eventually gained powers similar to Superman's.
A new comic book, Superwoman, came out and there was a super-powered Lois.
However, she got sick and died in issue No. 2, meaning a super-powered Lana Lang was really the actual Superwoman.
Kind of disappointing that all doppelgangers are now gone .
AND, the surviving Lois has assumed the Daily Planet identity of the late Lois Lane and works there now ...

Saturday, September 17, 2016

DC fails to bring back the pre-52 Superman, the real Man of Steel

DC Comics promised to bring back the pre-52 Superman when it rebooted its universe this year, but so far it hasn't happened.
From a lack of oxygen weakness, to simply not being strong enough, this current Superman is not up to power levels.
In fact, he is more like the less powerful John Bryne Superman of the 1980s.
Why is DC afraid to bring back a strong Superman?
In recent stories, Superman has had trouble breathing and surviving at the Earth's core. He didn't fare well with Doomsday's return and he simply isn't magnificent or powerful enough to deserve the title of Superman.
DC editors -- please conference with your writers and fix Superman, as promised ...

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Supermen on the Hollywood Walk of Fame ...

SADLY, the rest of my family petered out after only traversing a few blocks on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on August 10, 2016 ... I would have walked many more blocks.
Still, I was fortunate enough to see the George Reeves Star, as that late actor was the TV Superman I grew up with.
Also, they was at least one man dressed as Superman on Hollywood Boulevard, though he seemed to purposely turn every time I tried to take a quick photo of him. (He was hanging out with "Zorro.")
I have no doubt that Christopher Reeve and other "Supermen" have stars there too, but you'v got plan on a lot of walking and time if you want to see them all ....

Monday, April 18, 2016

Supergirl TV show is becoming lame and silly ....

MY comic book store manager hates the Supergirl TV show because it is so silly.
I'm beginning to think he is right.
Supergirl in the TV episode that aired April 18, 2016 could not survive in orbit even 30 seconds. She couldn't even fly in space. Her "flying" power did NOT work there.
What? Yes, she had to be rescued by a space ship.
Who are the writers on this show? Have they not read past Supergirl or Superman comics? -- She is supposed to be able to be able to survive in space for a limited time if she holds her breath. In other versions, she can fly effortlessly without air in the vast reaches of the cosmos.

Yes, this is a lame version of Supergirl and some of the recent plots have NOT been very compelling or imaginative either.
The show's aim seems to be to take the "Super" out of Supergirl and Superman ....

OR, are the producers trying to make the character more believable by "MARVEL-izing her?

Either way, I won't be religiously watching season 2 -- and predict the show is going to falter on the CW Network; plus the new DC Comic with the same kind of Supergirl won't last either. (I'm not buying any of those comic books).

Is a dead or dying Superman the ultimate storyline for the character?

IS death the granddaddy story plot for Superman?
DC Comics and Warner Brothers seem  to think it is ....

SPOILERS ahead ....

If you watched the movie "Batman v Superman," you know what happens.

Also in April of 2016, DC is killing off Superman too.

In the JLA Comic No. 8, that I thought was outside the regular DC Comics continuity, Superman is shown as dead in the last panel. His battle with Rao was too much. He had suffered broken ribs, a ruptured spleen and collapsed lung.

Then, the same month in Superman Comic No. 51, Superman is shown to be dying.
His triple whammy of exposure to the firepits of Apokolips, being temporarily powered up by kryptonite when he was powerless and his battle with Rao is slowly killing the Man of Steel.
So, the JLA stories are IN the regular DC universe then?  (That doesn't even add up!)

Anyway, DC -- first you take most of Superman's powers away last year and now he is dead or dying --- what's next? A plausible resurrection?

This Superman dying thing has been overdone as it is.
Please DC, come up with some new twists.