‘Man of Steel’ broke Mark Waid’s heart (and other Super-tidbits)

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‘Man of Steel’ broke Mark Waid’s heart (and other Super-tidbits)

With director Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel opening today nationwide (many theaters had screenings as early as 12:01 a.m.), it’s impossible to swing a dead Kent without hitting a dozen Superman-related items online or in print. Although most of them are directly related to the Warner Bros. franchise reboot, there are plenty with clear comic-book ties. Here are just a handful of them:

• Superman gets the cover of this week’s Entertainment Weekly, on which Neal Adams and Murphy Anderson’s rendition of the Last Son of Krypton (from December 1972’s Action Comics #419) is given prominence over the movie and TV versions — possibly because Man of Steel star Henry Cavill was featured in April, but hey, we’ll take it. But poor, poor Brandon Routh …

• Mark Waid, whose 2003-2004 miniseries Superman: Birthright (with Leinil Francis Yu) influenced Man of Steel, saw the movie last night and tweeted, “That thunder you heard at around 9:15 EST was the sound of my heart breaking in two.” He followed that with a review on his Thrillbent website that he prefaced with, “It’s a good science-fiction movie, but it’s very cold. It’s not a very satisfying super-hero movie. That said, if your favorite part of SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE was Superman standing in the Fortress while Jor-El lectured him, you’re gonna love MAN OF STEEL.”

USA Today‘s Brian Truitt examines “Why Superman is the greatest American hero” in an article that includes quotes from Waid, Scott Snyder, Brad Meltzer and Jim Lee. There’s also a timeline tracing the evolution of Superman’s S emblem.

The Kansas City Star tries to figure out where exactly Smallville is.

• Writing for The Washington Post’s Comic Riffs blog, David Betancourt offers recommended Superman reading.

• The Los Angeles Times’ Hero Complex blog looks at 10 key covers from Superman’s 75-year history. BBC News takes a similar approach.