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Superman (Brandon Routh) @ Comic Con San Diego 2009

I like pronouncing his name for some reason and looking at him.

Courtesy: www.playhouse3d.com

Japan is Weird – Superman Loves Toyota Prius

Swipe File – The Boys #34 and All Star Superman #1

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The cover of The Boys issue 34 and All Star Superman issue 1. There is something about Darick Robertson’s homage to Quitely’s Superman cover that just invokes all the negative feelings you could theoretically have against Superman.

I love it.

Superman/Batman: Public Enemies Trailer

Why am I just now seeing this trailer? This movie has the potential to be awesome.

Josh Boultinghouse at Illinois Superman Celebration

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The winner of the 2008 search for the official Superman of the Metropolis Celebration, Josh Boultinghouse, will be in Metropolis, IL this weekend for the Superman Celebration. I’m really sad I’m not going to get a chance to go this year.  For like three years now I’ve dreamt of meeting Josh in person. Most people don’t understand it but when I think of Superman as a real-life person it is him I see.  He physically looks like Superman and he’s got the whole midwest, boyscout values.  There is something so pure about a boy dreaming of being Superman who actually becomes him as a man. In fact when I heard he tried out for the Superman Returns movie I really hoped he’d get the part. Hell, he has to be a better actor than Bradon Routh (who I did like but meh…).

For more details on Mr Boultinghouse, visit  Josh Boultinghouse.

For more details on the Superman Celebration in Metropolis click here.

This makes me want to pull out my Superman costume and force Dan to wear it.

Justice League of Japan

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I’m sort of disappointed with the Final Crisis Aftermath: Dance previews and here’s why: it doesn’t look good. While the concept itself is solid (who doesn’t think Japan would totally start their own superhero team based on the Justice League), I think the designs are blah, the names are overly Japanese (but not in a good way), and honestly I feel like I’ve seen Marvel do this twice already. It is like DC thought they were being trendy and forward-thinking with this team of Japanese idols but it is about 10 years too late. Japanese culture and cartoon still has a huge fanbase in America but nowhere near what is was 10 years ago.

What makes me even more upset is I think DC missed there chance to cashing in on the trend 10 years ago when Cliff Chiang presented his Japanese inspired Justice League to them.  But instead of using a golden idea, they went with that terrible Justice League of Mechas idea. DC, I ask you, why would Superman of all people need a giant robot if his powers were still active? Is he not strong and invulnerable enough to fight bad guys on his own? Does  he really need to get inside of a 50 foot mecha and battle along side the six other Justice Leaguers? 

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Back to Chiang’s design – they are fun, reminiscent of mainstream Anime characters enough to make them available to a large demographic, and it could have been set in an alternate Earth (Elseworlds).

Casting Batman and Robin as a science ninja gatchamans is just a wonderfully brilliant idea. Also recasting the Joker and Harley as a J-pop idol is sort of interesting. It would totally reverse their roles in the publics eyes. Batman would be seen as a hero by the government and the Joker would be incredibly loved (feared) by the public like the murderous cannibal turned food critic, Issei Sagawa.  And having the man of steel be a giant Mazinger-Z mecha with as a powerless Clark Kent as a nutty professor (WOOT!) is so much fun I can not even explain it. I said I was going to at least try my hand at Batman and Superman but I want to make them all for Freedom Force now.

Freedom Force Skin – Superman

Download Superman and other Freedom Force Skins at HeroForce.

Superman Low Poly 3D Model for Freedom Force (FFVTR)

Superman Low Poly 3D Model for Freedom Force (FFVTR)

When there is Lex Luthor, there is  Superman and here is mine. Based off of Renegade’s Gladiator and Battlestar, Superman was inspired by artwork by Jim Lee and Ivan Reis. It is funny because even though Superman is my favorite superhero, I have never skinned this costume. I guess because so many other people did it already, I didn’t see the point. Now I realize I was denying myself the pleasure of having my own “Superman”. I know I did the Electro and Returns‘ costumes but nothing is like having your own classic costume. Anyway, I think I’ve got my mojo back and expect to see a lot more Superman mythos characters. I want to do the core team and than possibly do adult Cosmic Boy, Lightning Lad, and Saturn Girl from Legion of Three Worlds but who knows if I’ll ever release any of these. I’m mostly doing these because I enjoy skinning, I can’t even remember the last time I played Freedom Force.