man of steel

Heresy of the Week – A Man of Steel TV prequel might not be a bad idea


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Heresy of the Week is a (mostly) weekly spot in which I entertain some of the unthinkable notions of geek-culture. The arguments I put forward are not always things I personally agree with, but often rhetorical devices designed to force myself (and maybe readers) out of the boxes which fan discussions can get caught in. But that aside, feel free to get yourselves worked up and your knickers in a twist if you really want to.

This week’s heresy:

“In the wake of Gotham‘s burgeoning success in bringing a pre-Batman world to TV screens, it seems that certain people linked to DC are considering a prequel series to Man of Steel, set on Krypton. And contrary to what the naysayers might thing; it really could work.”

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Heresy of the Week – Is it that terrible if Superman kills people?


superman and zod

Heresy of the Week is a (mostly) weekly spot in which I entertain some of the unthinkable notions of geek-culture. The arguments I put forward are not always things I personally agree with, but often rhetorical devices designed to force myself (and maybe readers) out of the boxes which fan discussions can get caught in. But that aside, feel free to get yourselves worked up and your knickers in a twist if you really want to.

This week’s heresy:

“A lot of people were not exactly enamoured of the decision to have Superman kill an enemy, in a recent outing — but given that just about every other superhero has killed at least one bad guy at some point, why shouldn’t the man of steel join in?”

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Heresy of the Week – Anything Superman can do, Cap can do better


captain america superman

Heresy of the Week is a (mostly) weekly spot in which I entertain some of the unthinkable notions of geek-culture. The arguments I put forward are not always things I personally agree with, but often rhetorical devices designed to force myself (and maybe readers) out of the boxes which fan discussions can get caught in. But that aside, feel free to get yourselves worked up and your knickers in a twist if you really want to.

This week’s heresy:

Marvel’s Captain America and DC’s Superman are very similar in ideals and metaphorical function within their various worlds. But whereas Superman has always been assumed the superior character (and possibly the pinacle of superheroes within the mainstream) Captain America has been lately proving himself superior in almost every way.

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Heresy of the Week – No Zack, you’re not better than Terry Gilliam


watchmen comic

Heresy of the Week is a (mostly) weekly spot in which I entertain some of the unthinkable notions of geek-culture. The arguments I put forward are not always things I personally agree with, but often rhetorical devices designed to force myself (and maybe readers) out of the boxes which fan discussions can get caught in. But that aside, feel free to get yourselves worked up and your knickers in a twist if you really want to.

This week’s heresy:

In his recent derisory comments about Terry Gilliam’s approach to making Watchmen, Zack Snyder exposes his tin ear for film as a greater art form, an also the arrogance which poisons his own works.

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Heresy of the Week – Curb your Expectations


x men days of future past

Heresy of the Week is a (mostly) weekly spot in which I entertain some of the unthinkable notions of geek-culture. The arguments I put forward are not always things I personally agree with, but often rhetorical devices designed to force myself (and maybe readers) out of the boxes which fan discussions can get caught in. But that aside, feel free to get yourselves worked up and your knickers in a twist if you really want to.

This week’s heresy:

The lengthy build up which has apparently become obligatory for films, from the big-budget blockbuster to the semi-indie breakout, is leading to over inflated expectations, and ultimately killing the enjoyment of ultimately perfectly serviceable films.

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Man of Steel – A Review


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I’ve never really loved Superman. I wouldn’t say he’s my least favourite superhero (probably Daredevil — whilst a blind man being able to see is certainly great for him, it doesn’t really qualify as a superpower), but he’s always seemed somewhat bland.

A large part of that is that over the decades his powers have been increased to such a state that he’s near-invincible, and for there even to be enough conflict for a story one of the numerous flavours of kryptonite has to be wheeled out. The 1978 Superman had him able to reverse the flow of time, for crying out loud!

But here we have a new, modern, shiny version. From the man who made a fair old hash of filming probably the best superhero comic ever writtenWatchmen, and with a trailer that contained enough lens flare to make JJ Abrams blush, does Man of Steel even stand a chance?

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