August 28, 2001 |
Superman doesn't need that phone booth anymore. For 63 years, the most famous superhero of them all has flown through every pop culture medium wearing his blue tights and red cape, a costume that is instantly recognizable from India to Indiana, by ages 8 to 80. As touchstone, the suit has been as indestructible as the hero himself--until now.
December 6, 2009
In my favorite panel of R. Sikoryak's "Masterpiece Comics" (Drawn & Quarterly: 66 pp., $19.95), Superman -- recast as Meursault, the protagonist of Albert Camus' 1942 novel "The Stranger" -- attacks a priest in his jail cell while crying out: "Don't waste your lousy prayers! You're just as condemned as me!" It takes a perverse kind of genius to re-imagine the Man of Steel as existentialist antihero, but that's the power of Sikoryak's work. A protégé of Art Spiegelman's (with whom he worked for many years on the "commix" magazine RAW)
June 16, 2003 |
In this town, for this weekend, everyone was a kid. Fathers and grandfathers sat outside long past midnight, debating plot twists in comic books. They spent way too much money on toys. Middle-aged men pulled on blue tights and red capes and forgot about their paunches. They puffed their chests and flexed their biceps and felt, for a moment, like heroes.
September 5, 1992 |
An irresistible force is going to meet an immovable object in November and something's going to give--Superman will meet his demise. The Man of Steel will die fighting to save Metropolis from the super-lunatic Doomsday, a new villain who is an escapee from a cosmic insane asylum. Wait a minute. Superman is faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound.
September 24, 2010 |
Tom Welling's first memory on the set of "Smallville" nine years ago was a chance meeting with a young production assistant named Chris Petry. The actor waved at Petry, who returned the greeting. Almost a decade later, Petry is all grown up and now serves as one of the show's producers and occasionally directs. As for Welling, well, he is still almost Superman. "The two of us were just sitting around the other day and going 'Eh, not too bad. Not too bad for nine years. [We've] done all right," said Welling, who is also an executive producer on the show and on the new CW program "Hellcats.
January 2, 2012 |
Michael Shannon stands 6 feet, 3 inches. Big guy. Carries a big, George Costanza-size wallet too, which he plops on the table at the RH Restaurant at West Hollywood's Andaz Hotel with sincere apologies. "It's ridiculous," he says. "My whole life is in here. " A glimmer of Shannon's life can also be seen on screen in "Take Shelter," the critically praised drama in which the 37-year-old actor plays a father worried about losing his family as well as his mind. We talked to Shannon about the film, being a dad and taking on the role of the evil Gen. Zod in Zack Snyder's upcoming "Superman" reboot.
July 24, 2011 |
Reporting from Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey-- Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, N.J., has a long and winding roller coaster history that's filled with as many twists and turns as the amusement park's many record-breaking rides. Photos : Top 10 Six Flags Great Adventure roller coasters Great Adventure was a must-see on my road trip across America's coaster belt, in large part because of the park's three world-class rides: El Toro, Kingda Ka and Nitro.
November 15, 2012 |
Amy Adams arrives at the Beverly Hills Hotel's patio doing what she calls her "zombie limp," the result of a broken pinky toe. Her hair is up, her guard is down and she's showing off an adorable photo of her 2-year-old daughter, Aviana, dressed up as a purple butterfly for her first Halloween. It's a deceptively relaxed moment. In the last 18 months, Adams, 38, has worked with Paul Thomas Anderson ("The Master"), Clint Eastwood ("Trouble With the Curve") and Spike Jonze (the upcoming sci-fi romance "Her")
September 21, 1997
When I saw John Johnson's letter (Sept. 7) knocking the selection of Nicolas Cage in the role of Superman, I felt his opinion was way out of line. Although he denied it, I believe he thinks Christopher Reeve's portrayal is cast in stone as the only interpretation for that character. I think Cage will give a fresh point of view to Superman. Johnson only notices the oddball characters Cage has portrayed. What he needs is a trip to his video store, so he can see Cage giving sensitive portrayals in "Moonstruck" and "It Could Happen to You."