Name: HJ Louw

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    June 15, 2013 11:02 pm There is no such thing as a boring character, only boring writers. And I would argue that Superman has had the majority share of intensely creative writers during his 75 years who have not only fleshed out his world with incredible concepts but have also added to his humanity through his relationships with so-called 'normal' people, even other superheroes (Batman comes to mind). Because of this I would go so far as to say that Superman is the MOST interesting character in the history of popular fiction. He even reflects the Zeitgeist of the times in which a particular incarnation of him was written (Defender of the common man in the late 30's, vehement anti-socialist in the 40's, nuclear-age futurist in the 50's & 60's, iconic Hollywood Superstar in the 70's via Reeve, messianic figure in the 80's and 90's via his John Byrne rebirth and 90's death and resurrection, etc). Yet even through all these differing interpretations of the character one vital element remains the same: he's the loneliest man in the universe, the last of his kind, the savior of a new world who never birthed him. This is pure CHARACTER GOLD. So please don't label an enduring cultural icon as boring. Superman is a gateway to wonder for millions of children, past and present. Respect that.
    June 15, 2013 12:52 am Has anyone commented on the Hans Zimmer score? Personally I found it deafening and uninspiring. But maybe that's because most of it was drowned out by Kryptonian punches. This movie was INCREDIBLY LOUD. I watched it in IMAX and honestly thought my ears were going to start bleeding. In spite of this, I still enjoyed the movie. Some points I would like to address, some related to this review and some unrelated: 1. Paul, your writing is awesome. Always has been, always will be. Love the way you play with words and use analogies. Poetic. As a teacher and lover of literature for more than 10 years I like to think I know what I'm talking about. You are clearly a man in love with language. Can't wait for your next review, even if I don't agree with it. 2. So, in the movie, is Snyder, Goyer and Nolan saying that we are all descended from Kryptonians? Because the 20 000 yr old Kryptonian scout ship Clark enters clearly shows some sleep chambers/coffins which had been vacated, while others contain the remains of Kryptonian explorers who found our atmosphere less palatable, I guess. But what happened to the scouts who left the ship? Could they have learned to stomach our atmosphere (much like baby Clark, who had trouble breathing, according to Martha) and gone on to set themselves up as the ancient gods of legend, inspiring architecture and lost civilizations we claim as mysteries? Or could they have actually replaced the dominant hominid species on Earth to repopulate the planet and emerge as modern man? This could explain why we appear similiar to Kryptonians in appearance. Does anyone have any thoughts on this?
    May 3, 2013 10:25 am You're not in the minority.
    May 3, 2013 10:23 am Iron man 2 IS far superior to 3, now that you mention it. In fact, I'm gonna watch it again right now to rid myself of the crushing depression I've been feeling ever since I walked out of Iron Man 3.
    May 3, 2013 12:45 am Very disappointed in the movie. I give it 5/10, and that's being generous. Downey brought the funny, but there was too much of it. When moments came when he had to switch from sarcasm to showing genuine emotion I was left confused and wondering "Is he still being sarcastic?" Right after something happens that should rip out his heart, he still finds time to trash talk his opponent in a cool and collected Stark-style monologue. Ridiculous. Plus, where was Iron Man? 90 minutes of the film was about Tony running around and trying desperately to overpower his enemies without his armor. WTF? This isn't Sherlock Holmes 3, it's Iron Man 3!!! Last but not least, the big reveal of who the Mandarin really iswas was done brilliantly by Ben Kinsley, but it left me feeling kinda hollow and thinking "Are you really going to brush away the legacy of the Mandarin's reputation in the comics and replace it with this ridiculous explanation, Kevin Feige?"
    February 14, 2013 5:44 am Scuze me, I EXPECT more
    February 14, 2013 5:43 am Bachalo is a beast! But the story was meh. I want more from the flagship X-title
    January 29, 2013 8:30 am I've been listening to you guys since 2007, and just want to say that I will miss Ron for his wit and exuberance, while my wife (who never listens to podcasts and doesn't care about comics) will miss Ron's infectious laugh that she heard as background noise to whatever she was doing whenever I listened to the podcast. Take it easy, Ron, and all the best for the future.
    January 21, 2013 9:59 am Sad. Just....I'm sad.
    October 9, 2012 12:42 pm Blue Beetle (Ted Kord). Hawkman, since he technically has no powers. Oh, and Adam Strange. If this list included all of DC and not just the DCU, I'd pick Rorschach as #1.