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Random: A Johannine gloss... 
18th-Nov-2005 06:56 pm
matthew_hyde is totally right when he notes that this is entirely messianic in tone. It's a Johannine gloss, as you'll all recognize: right from the Gospel of John, chapter 3. It is however, docetic or angelomorphic in its "non-human" stress, and thus heretical.

It's still going to be fun, though....
19th-Nov-2005 01:40 am (UTC)
i don't understand why this needs to be made, after years of smallville and all the chris reeve films. it'll be interesting to see how it turns out. (kevin spacey as luthor is an intriguing choice.)
19th-Nov-2005 02:59 am (UTC)
Well, the last two Christopher Reeves films were not terribly good, to start with. Hollywood has an occasional chance of not destroying a good concept or preventing good stories from being made, and every once in a while their oversight committees actually allow what the fans recognize as the Real Thing to be made: after all, it only took some seven attempts over sixty years at a live-action movie about the Batman before they followed the comics and got it right. There are some great Superman stories to made: the four Reeves films didn't exhaust that potential, and Smallville apparently won't actually go to the Superman stage, as much as I'd like to see it happen: especially for Rosenbaum to play Lex. Still, maybe his "Lex on the edge" is better than the "fully-consummated" Lex would be, since it plays up on the tension of "it doesn't have to end like this."

Still, in the meantime, go crazy, run down to the comic store, and go back and read those John Byrne Superman stories from the early reboot years in the 80s, the Perez-illustrated Action Comics stories and the finding of the Eradicator and its manipulation of Clark in turning him into its vision of Kal-El (as inspired Smallville's "Kal-El" storyline), Clark and Lois getting together after years of Clark trying, revealing himself to her, the Doomsday saga and the Death of Superman, the Return, the Wedding, Lex's Presidency and eventually Clark and Bruce bringing Lex down, the horror of the recent "Sacrifice" storyline, and the growing Crisis: oh, yes, many stories to be told....

19th-Nov-2005 03:22 am (UTC)
>maybe his "Lex on the edge" is better than the "fully-consummated" Lex would be, since it plays up on the tension of "it doesn't have to end like this."

oh yes, i think so. i wouldn't want to see rosenbaum in all-out evil mode. (did you see him in Rave Macbeth? it's a crappy film, but though he's drugged-up and venal as all get-out, he's not evil from within so much as manipulated by the lady macbeth character.)

i haven't touched a comic in years. looks like it's time i started catching up. :D
19th-Nov-2005 04:12 am (UTC) - Taking you seriously...
Start with the 1986 miniseries that "rebooted" the Superman continuity, John Byrne's The Man of Steel. The characterization is fabulous; Clark is no longer a fake, cardboard cut-out, but the real man; Lois is made equally strong, and no second fiddle to anyone; Lex is recast by Marv Wolfman in the tycoon form we know and love today; Clark doesn't lose his parents in childhood, but has a fundamental, ongoing relationship with them into his adult years, and Krypton is given a brilliant sci-fi treatment that has yet to be beaten. Byrne's clean-lined art is the Clark, Lois and Superman to my mind even today....

By the way, did you watch the movie yet?
19th-Nov-2005 11:31 am (UTC) - Re: Taking you seriously...
ok, i'll order that. i hadn't realized (until reading your replies in this thread) that the smallville mythos was taken from comics. duh, sorry. i'm so ignorant. i'll be very interested to see how it looks in comic form, comparing it to the comics i saw as a kid. btw, i grew up on the george reeves tv show. look, up in the sky!

which movie? the batman one? (not much of a review) maybe i'm misunderstanding.
19th-Nov-2005 01:09 pm (UTC) - Re: Taking you seriously...
oops, maybe you meant the GOF! my sons will see it this morning. i'll take gerry out maybe on tuesday to catch it. the NY Times had good things to say. hope you post your reactions if you see it!
20th-Nov-2005 08:50 am (UTC) - Re: Taking you seriously...
Yes, I meant Batman Begins. I'm glad you enjoyed it, and I hope you can take it in again so that you can follow it, too! I think it works that way as well! :-) The Ras al'Ghul twist at the end surprised me, too: I'm glad they pulled it off and kept it secret.

And yes, I will catch GOF, maybe next weekend with my Mom....
20th-Nov-2005 12:06 pm (UTC) - Re: Taking you seriously...
yes, i lent the film to my son but have asked for it back, so i can watch it again. he and i talked about it yesterday. he said that he didn't recognize gary oldman either and was surprised later on to find out who it was. he absolutely disappeared into that role, and was so likable! (there were few likable people in the film: alfred, gordon,... uh.)

the kids enjoyed GOF a lot. i hope you and your mom do, too. :)
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