Friday, September 25, 2009
A Superman reboot .... starting over
I recall being shocked back in the mid-1980s, when Superman was rebooted. His origin was redone. He was never a Superboy in the retelling and his powers didn't start until his late teens. He was also less powerful, less strong,less fast.
Perhaps the success of the "Smallville" TV series is a factor in this, but as of late September 2009, Superman is being redone again and he's back to being Superboy, as told in "Superman: Secret Origin," a six-part miniseries.
The Legion of Super-heores has been lame for more than 20 years with no Superboy, the group's inspiration and yet now the Man of Steel is back to 1,000 years in the future too.
If DC Comics wanted Superman to appeal more to pre-teenagers, you'd think they would have been wise enough to have never discarded Superboy, but they did.
A return to Superboy should especially excite younger audiences again.
Supermnan's costume also looks to have returned to its indestructible state again too in this reboot.
Other returns to the pre-1985 era in the latest reboot process:
--Lex Luthor grew up in Smallville.
--Lana Lang knew about Clark's powers early on.
--Clark's glasses are made of Kryptonian glass from his rocket ship.
--The Legion comes calling for Superboy.
I like this reboot so far and it is adding some new fresh twists too, like the Kryptonian glass keeping Superman's erratic heat vision in check.
You can also see the "Smallville" show's imprint in this reboot.
So, I say yes to the "new" Adventures of Superman and Superboy.