No, it’s not some weird branded viral game pitting Cheez-Its vs. giant asphyxiated students (though know that I think about it, that would be cool). It’s a hint of what I, longtime comic nerd, absolutely long for in a comic book movie. Getting the origin right? Cool. Staying faithful to canon and character? Even better. But more than anything, anything, anything… I want to see some full on destruction. To date, Richard Donner is the only director to understand just how stupid it is to pit superheroes against powerless foes. Give us city destroying, earth shaking, mind melting action.
Bryan Singer, I’m talking to you. Give me something like this, and I’ll let you do whatever the hell you want with your next Superman movie.
This clip is from the surprisingly consistent Justice League Unlimited series, and it pits Superman (the Big Blue Schoolboy) against Captain Marvel (The Big Red Cheese). It’s funny that two of the most powerful characters in the DC universe are such dorks, but there you have it. Comic fans will note that the true money shot of this fight is a direct lift from Alex Ross and Mark Waid’s ‘Kingdom Come’ series. And I realize that there are a number of you that won’t get this at all. I could spend a couple paragraphs explaining Superman’s vulnerability to magic, or how Captain Marvel’s powers work, but let’s face it: Your eyes are already glazed over. Just watch it and think: Holy crap, that would be so incredibly awesome to see on the big screen.
And that fulfills your daily recommended dosage of pure nerdoterica.