Matt and Kyle discuss the Man of Steel trailers, Christian Bale’s visit to Colorado, and the return of Shadowman on the Planet 46 Comics Show.
• TOPIC 1: MAN OF STEEL TRAILERS
Two teaser trailers were released for the Zack Snyder-directed “Man of Steel,” the reboot of the Superman franchise.
After hitting theaters paired with “The Dark Knight Rises,” the trailers have now been released online.
“Man of Steel” stars Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Superman.
The difference in the trailers is in the voice-over. One voice-over features Superman’s earthly father, Jonathan Kent, as played by Kevin Costner in “Man of Steel.” The other features Jor-El, Superman’s Kryptonian father, played in the film by Russell Crowe.
QUESTION OF THE DAY: Which teaser did you prefer: Jor-El or Pa Kent?
• TOPIC 2: BALE VISITS VICTIMS
According to the Associated Press, “The Dark Knight Rises” star Christian Bale visited victims and responders to the Aurora, Colo., shootings recently. He also visited with doctors in the hospital where victims are being treated.
According to the story, Bale went on his own, without alerting the media, and not at the request of Warner Bros.
• TOPIC 3: (1 SLIDES) SHADOWMAN TO RETURN
Valiant Entertainment has announced the return of fan-favorite character Shadowman, in a new comic-book series starting in November.
Writer Justin Jordan (“The Strange Talent of Luther Strode”) joins artist and co-writer Patrick Zircher (“Captain America”) as the creative team for the new title.
Here’s how Valiant describes the book in a news release:
There’s a million dreams in the Big Easy. But now its worst nightmare is about to come true. As the forces of darkness prepare to claim New Orleans as their own, Jack Boniface must embrace the legacy he was born to uphold. As Shadowman, Jack is about to become the only thing that stands between his city and an army of unspeakable monstrosities from beyond the night. But is the mantle of Shadowman a blessing or a curse? And what is the true cost of his otherworldly power?
* VIDEO: REVIEW FILE
National Comics: Eternity #1: (5 slides) Jeff Lemire Cully Hamner, Derec Donovan
A pathologist develops the power to talk to the dead in a series that has some similarities to the TV show Pushing Daisies and the Ghost Whisperer.
Jeff Lemire, Cully Hamner and Derec Donovan are revamping a character that started way back in the 1940s. This version is very modern, with a horror element as well. Ten years ago, this would have likely been a Vertigo comic, but in the New 52, horror and supernatural elements are more integrated into the main superhero line.
Christopher Freeman, after his father’s death, discovers he can talk to the recently deceased. Christopher, it seems, died briefly himself, but returned to the land of the living. Christopher uses this ability to help solve murders of those recently killed — but something even darker lurks in the land of the dead, if warnings Christopher is receiving can be believed.
“National Comics” is to be a series of one-shots from DC Comics, but I’m hoping we haven’t seen the last of this version of Eternity.
* X-TREME X-MEN 1 – Greg Pak, Stephen Segovia
In some ways reminiscent of “Exiles,” this new series from writer Greg Pak features a team of interdimensionally travelling X-Men. The “Astonishing X-Men” spinoff features Captain Howlett, Kid Nightcrawler and Emmeline Frost, varied versions of Wolverine, Nightcrawler and the White Queen. Dazzler fans will be thrilled with her appearance in the series, as she looks to be a key character going forward. It’s relatively lighthearted for the X-Men, and has potential for a fun, alternate reality series.
• Winter Soldier #8 : Ed Brubaker, Michael Lark
Winter Soldier tracks down the kidnapper of the Black Widow in this espionage-heavy storyline.
The former Bucky and SHIELD Agent Sitwell are sifting through all the clues available to track down Natasha, who’s been taken by a rogue sleeper agent from the former Soviet Union, Leo Novokov.
Novokov aims to brainwash the Widow and turn her against Bucky.
If you liked the darker, more spy-heavy elements of Ed Brubaker’s Captain America run, you should absolutely be reading this series.
Michael Lark is a great choice for the artwork in this series as well.