Citizens of Smallville, Metropolis, and the World of the Blog Reader. This is Marcus Jackson, the FOX 10 / CW 55 Resident Movie Guru here.
Remember how this popular 50s & 60s TV show would start off with this famous intro …..
“Faster than a Speeding Bullet … More Powerful than a Locomotive …. Able to Leap Tall Buildings in a Single Bound …. Look, Up In The Sky … It’s a Bird … It’s a Plane …. No … It’s Superman!”.
The Adventures of Superman was a staple at my house whenever they showed the reruns in the afternoon after school when my grandma would be finished watching her soap operas (Yes, Soap Operas were the backbone of Daytime TV at one time). Every Boy and Girl that I know would tie a bed sheet around their neck for their cape and pretend to fly in the air – if you had a red bed sheet you really played the part of that “Strange visitor from another planet …”. When the theme music would play to start the show I would just sit down with my sandwich or snack my grandmomma gave me and just watch and have fun. And of course on Saturday morning the Superfriends would come on and you would see Superman with Batman & Robin, Wonder Woman, and Aquaman. Side Note: Remember when they replaced the Junior Superfriends – Wendy, Marvin, and Wonder Dog with the Wonder Twins Zan and Jayna and their Space Monkey, Gleek. It is safe to say that Superman was a part of my childhood like many others.
In the late 1940s actor Kirk Alyn brought the character of “The Man From Krypton” to life in the Superman serials that were shown in theaters. There were a few others that played the role but it wasn’t a an actor by the name of George Reeves in the 1950s that the role of Superman would be identified with him. When the invention of television came along and the actor became the superhero on the small screen is when he became an icon for the character that is known as Superman. The old 50s & 60s TV show can still be seen in reruns somewhere in the world or on DVD & Blu-Ray. Of course the old movie serials and all the cartoons and comic books had Superman somewhere in your presence.
Now it wasn’t until 1978 when Director Richard Donner made the statement for his latest project at the time saying “You will believe that a man can fly …”. That is when a young actor by the name of Christopher Reeve became the next man to uphold the mantle in Superman: The Movie. The following years of 1979 – 1980 Superman 2 would soar into theaters with great success forever making Chris Reeve the latest icon of the Superman brand for the ages. Reeve would go on to do Superman 3 & Superman 4: The Quest For Peace. After that the 1980s Superman would be absent from the big screen but there’s still the comic books and the small screen of television.
Take the comic book angle; Superman “dies” by the hands of Doomsday – but comes back to life. Within that time some new characters like a new Superboy, an android Superman, and the superhero called Steel comes to life on the pages. Superman would come back with his hair grown out and wearing an all black unitard suit before he goes back to the good old red, yellow & blue tights. Some of you may remember Superman Red & Superman Blue. And Yes, We can’t forget that Clark Kent (Superman’s alter-ego) & Lois Lane Got Married. This will lead us to the iconic superhero’s return to the small screen known as television.
The producers of the Superman movies, Alexander & Ilya Salkind, brought us The New Adventures of Superboy in the late 1980s thru the early 90s. Warner Brothers would release the new Superman: The Animated Series from 1996 thru 2000 with much success just like Batman: the Animated Series did when the movie Batman came out in 1989. It wouldn’t be until Teri Hatcher & Dean Cain in the mid 1990s (1993 – 1997) brought the characters of Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman to life that the DC Comics icon would be back in the spotlight once again. Dean Cain would now uphold the mantle for “Truth, Justice, and The American Way”, but Teri Hatcher didn’t do too bad … her posters in every young man’s bedroom, Being a Bond Girl (Tomorrow Never Dies), and the star of Desperate Housewives. Alas, like the “Ebb and Flow” of the ocean tides Superman would take a breather.
Now we enter the 21st Century. In the comics, Superman get some the new outfits and a new look. On TV and DVD the DC Comics Universe or DC Universe bring us many new animated movies with Superman and his colleagues. The most noted are the animated series Justice League & Justice League Unlimited. But the network known as The WB … and now The CW … wanted to explore the life of a young man named Clark Kent in his hometown of Smallville. Thus, from 2001 to 2011, Smallville followed path of this “Coming of Age” action drama that would show us how this young man would become “The Light” the world would need to fight the darkness and become the hero it deserve, a hero that would be known as “Superman”.
Now all of these memories can now be found on DVD and Blu-Ray or on Netflex or On Demand … even on YouTube. And Now, We come to June 14th, 2013. The latest chapter to the Superman mythos will come to life on the big screen. The Zack Snyder directed, Christopher Nolan produced Man of Steel will arrive larger than life in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D. And I must say that it “looks” really good. It’s been getting a lot of buzz ever since we saw the trailers and promotional pictures last summer. And, The Ladies LOVE Henry Cavill as the latest actor, and the first British actor to take on the mantle of the role of Kal-El / Clark Kent / Superman. Here’s hoping it doesn’t disappoint the movie fan, the Superman fan that is in us in one form or another. Here’s a taste of what I’m talking about check out this trailer from Man of Steel courtesy of IMDb ….
This is Marcus Jackson, The FOX 10 / CW 55 Resident Movie Guru. Time for this mild-mannered movie blogger to unbutton my dress shirt to reveal my Superman “S” T-shirt underneath; rush to the theater and go “Up, Up, And Away!” on a fun joyride at the box office. Hope to see you all there as well and be a part of a moment in movie history.