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The CW’s upcoming Arrowverse crossover that spans across all of the network’s superhero TV shows just got a little bit bigger.
According to Deadline, not only will Supergirl guest-star Tyler Hoechlin be reprising his role as Superman, but so will Legends of Tomorrow star Brandon Routh. Yes, the Superman from director Bryan Singer’s 2006 Superman Returns will be returning ― again.
The crossover is titled “Crisis on Infinite Earths,” and is based on the 1980s twelve-issue series of the same name by comic book legends Marv Wolfman and George Perez. Multiple dimensions and alternate earths were included in the landmark event, which saw the tragic (but temporary) deaths of iconic characters, and the introduction of some of their parallel world counterparts. Quite an effort was made to stop the villain known as the Anti-Monitor from wiping out everything in existence. For the upcoming adaptation, this would be a job for two Supermen.
Routh confirmed the news just recently on Twitter.
Including Routh’s Superman is unexpected, appropriate, and quite welcome, given that his return already signifies the scale of the multiverse shaking crossover. He will also be suiting up as his series-regular Legends of Tomorrow character Ray Palmer/The Atom in a number of episodes as well.
The epic crossover event will premiere before the end of the year, with three episodes in December and then two episodes to conclude the event in January 2020.
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Superman is our greatest superhero for good reason. His acts of heroism exist not only in the pages of comics or on the big screen, but in reality from time to time. After all, he once dealt a major blow to the Ku Klux Klan back in 1946.
The Adventures of Superman radio show was a hit in the 1940s and became an unexpected platform for combating the KKK. Activist Stetson Kennedy provided the show with inside information on the organization after attending meetings undercover. The show then included the information, which comprised of code words and sensitive details on the KKK’s activities while depicting Superman’s stand against the organization’s crimes and injustices. Membership and recruitment was reportedly reduced significantly as a result.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, MacArthur Genius Grant winner, Eisner Award winner, and previous Superman writer Gene Luen Yang will be writing a three-part comic series based on the inspiring true story.
The Hollywood Reporter released preview pages and the description for Superman Smashes the Klan:
The year is 1946, and the Lee family has moved from Metropolis’s Chinatown to the center of the bustling city. While Dr. Lee is greeted warmly in his new position at the Metropolis Health Department, his two kids, Roberta and Tommy, are more excited about being closer to their famous hero, Superman!
While Tommy adjusts to the fast pace of the city, Roberta feels out of place, as she tries and fails to fit in with the neighborhood kids. As the Lees try to adjust to their new lives, an evil is stirring in Metropolis: the Ku Klux Klan. When the Lee family awakens one night to find a burning cross on their lawn, they consider leaving town. But the Daily Planet offers a reward for information on the KKK, and their top two reporters, Lois Lane and Clark Kent, dig into the story.
When Tommy is kidnapped by the KKK, Superman leaps into action — with help from Roberta! But Superman is still new to his powers — he hasn’t even worked out how to fly yet, so he has to run across town. Will Superman and Roberta reach Tommy in time?
Yang elaborated on the impact of the ‘Clan of the Fiery Cross’ arc, describing the radio show’s effect on the real world injustices of the time and the effect it had on Superman’s development into an American icon. Few writers have captured the goodness beneath the Man of Steel the way that Yang has in recent years, and the positivity that ripples from the hero’s triumphs.
One of the things about the Superman radio show, and the original version of this story, is that it actually comes relatively early in Superman’s career. He was first published in 1938, and the story was broadcast around 1946, so that’s just eight years, and he was already a worldwide phenomenon. And especially in America, he was wildly popular. But I do feel that the Superman that we all know and love today, he wasn’t quite formed yet [at that time].
There were still pieces of him that were being solidified. And as much as the radio show impacted the real world in terms of bigotry and racism, it also helped shape Superman’s character. It was at this point where Superman really did become a symbol of American tolerance, American justice and American hope.
Superman Smashes the Klan arrives October 16th.
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There’s a good chance that Andy Serkis and director Matt Reeves will be teaming up for the screen once again, but without all of the CGI motion-capture gear.
ComicBook.com reports that Serkis is rumored to play one of the many villains included in The Batman opposite Robert Pattinson. His role is unknown, but fans have pushed for him to be cast as the Penguin since the film was announced. The chances are even more likely now, given that the film will be inspired by Batman: The Long Halloween, which includes the iconic villain.
Serkis and Reeves have a successful working relationship after the Planet of the Apes franchise, and Serkis has expressed excitement for any opportunity to collaborate again:
Oh, for sure! I mean, I’d go to the edge of the created universe with Matt Reeves. I mean, he’s the most brilliant director. I would work with anything with him again, y’know, I mean, I absolutely adore him and we’re very good friends, close friends, and I think he’s an extraordinary director so, for sure.
Serkis’s other recent big-franchise commitments have also concluded. His Caesar in the Planet of the Apes trilogy is dead. His Ulysses Klaue in Black Panther is dead. His Supreme Leader Snoke in Star Wars is dead. There’s no reason why he shouldn’t be given a coveted Batman role.
Given that starring as the Penguin is somewhat consistent with his experience playing CGI animal characters, would a CGI eyebrow and monocle be out of the question?
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