Posts Tagged ‘Gamera’

I was 19 when the first issue of The Dark Knight Returns appeared. That same year, Watchmen also began its run. My 19-year-old self, then at the height of his comic-collecting years, devoured those series, and waited breathlessly for each subsequent (and increasingly delayed) issue. These were thunderbolt stories for me (along with Alan Moore’s still-ongoing run of Swamp Thing). All this is by way of saying that 19-year-old me would have been rendered over-the-moon ecstatic by Batman V. Superman. He would have grooved like hell over all the direct Frank Miller quotations (the death of Bruce’s parents, many of Alfred’s mutterings, big chunks of the fight itself, and so on). Yeah, past-me would have love this.

So. Man of Steel. I’m a bit late to the commenting party on this, and I have already contributed my two-bits to a roundtable podcast hosted by Shaun Duke of the Skiffy and Fanty Show (over here). I did, though, want to elaborate a bit further on a point I touched on in that discussion: the unconvincing use of religious symbolism in Man of Steel versus its far more interesting deployment in some giant monster movies. Stick with me here, okay? (more…)