Kevin Conroy certainly made, if not his name, then his voice known to millions after voicing Bruce Wayne/Batman in the epic Batman: The Animated Series, which ran from 1992 to 1995.
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Afterwards, however, he didn’t hang up his cape and cowl, instead he went on to voice Batman in so many animated projects that he’s the voice of Batman in your head, throat cancer and menacing whispers aside.
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Now he’s about to lend not only his voice but his whole body for the most-climatic climatic episode of Arrow. Titled Crisis on Infinite Earths, the episode isn’t actually a single episode. In fact, it will be a five hour…
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…FIVE HOUR event that will span over the course of two months instead of, like previous crossovers, airing on consecutive nights. The first three episodes will air in on December 8, 9, and 10 and the other two will air back-to-back as one of Arrow’s final episodes and a special non-season-premiere of Legends.
If five hours of television wasn’t enough, well, you’re going to get more. SO MUCH MORE!
Yes, we do, and we’re in luck. The event will deal with the multiverse. That means there will be multiple versions of the same character from different universes.
We’re going to get Tyler Hoechlin will be Supergirl’s Superman, Brandon Routh will be Superman Returns‘ Superman, Tom Wellington is in talks to play Smallville‘s Superman, but Michael Rosenbaum will be Lex Luthor.
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In addition we’ll not only have Kevin Conroy as Batman, Burt Ward as a Robin from a universe where his Batman is dead.
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.
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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.
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.
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According toThe 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?
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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.
This week, we celebrate the superhero that started it all.
Admittedly, while Superman has been my favorite superhero after years of comic book reboots, Smallville, animated series, animated movies, DCEU movies as well as the original Christopher Reeve movies, he is also a tough character to crack, and this is apparent in many of his stories as a result.
However, here are some of the best comics (or at least the more eventful/interesting ones) in recent years that prove that Superman can still be king of the genre.
If you’re looking for some Silver Age Christopher Reeve Superman nostalgia then look no further. As far as Superman homages go, this one is the best (sorry, Superman Returns). Geoff Johns captures the charm and spirit of the character displayed in the Reeve films while placing him into a more contemporary setting. The result is an origin about an optimistic figure who finds purpose in combating our bleak and pessimistic times.
A younger, less seasoned Superman than the one we’re used to is still finding his way as a hero, while under constant scrutiny and international military threats. A new world-ending threat and a long lost weapon kept secret since World War II will test the Man of Steel and all that he wants to stand for. Superman will have to overcome his doubts and insecurities to find confidence in making his own decisions, in hopes of inspiring others to do the same for the better.
A weird DC Comics reboot changed the multiverse and the events of its timeline, displacing the classic Superman, Lois Lane, and their newborn son, Jon, on an alternate Earth. For the sake of protecting his family’s anonymity, Superman decides to resume his superhero work in secret. Nothing can keep him from trying to make the world a better place, no matter how world-bending the circumstances might be. However, the Super family can’t stay hidden forever, no matter what Earth they live on, and their safety will be put at risk. Fixing a situation with stakes as high and as personal as this is a job for Superman.
Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound! Who can achieve these remarkable feats! You all know him and you love him: Superman!
Superman is a cultural icon and in many ways, the first superhero of American media. He’s the Man of Steel, the Last Son of Krypton, the Man of Tomorrow, and the Big Blue Blur. You all know Superman, from his iconic wardrobe, to his fantastic array of powers, his supporting cast (Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen, Supergirl), his villains (Lex Luthor, Braniac, General Zod, Doomsday, Bizarro), and his setting of Metropolis. Superhuman is a fascinating character, both as a cultural icon and what he represents. Let’s take a closer look at this famous superhero of American myth!
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Superman made his sensational debut in Action Comics #1 in 1938. He made a strong impression, headlining the cover of the book, raising a car over his head and smashing it against a boulder as men around him fled in terror. The man himself was created by the duo of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. Siegel wrote the storylines, while Shuster drew the art. The creators, both Jewish, initially wanted to create the superhero as a villain(!) but later redesigned him to be a hero instead. They drew inspiration from the Golem of Judaism, circus strongmen, and movie stars. His costume most obviously incorporated the strongman ideas, both for Superman’s feats of strength and his fabulous supernatural feats. Superman began as a figure to the lower class, a symbol of fighting back against the ‘man’, appropriate considering America was just pulling itself out of the Depression. As such, Superman tackled authority figures, fighting against men of the establishment like corrupt governors, oil tycoons, and con-men. His status quo was quickly established, with Lois Lane entering the picture as the object of Clark Kent’s affections, while Kent himself posed as a reporter at the Daily Planet.
Superman’s popularity exploded overnight, with his comic books selling more than any other comic book character in history. Due to his popularity, Superman was followed by a host of imitators such as Batman, Wonder Woman, Shazam!, the Flash, Green Lantern, the Atom, the Spectre, Hawkman, and many, many others. From all this came the foundation of the DC Universe, a host of imprints that DC eventually folded under one label, with Superman now sharing his world with dozens of other superpowered people. In fact, he became a founding member of the Justice League, the most famous team in comics history that brought its assorted heroes together.
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Superman’s popularity allowed him to expand from the comics, first in a radio show entitled The Adventures of Superman in 1940 and ran until 1951. The radio serials were fifteen minutes in length and aimed at a young audience but it made a huge cultural splash when it dared to go against a real life foe: the Ku Klux Klan. Seeing the Klan experience a resurgence, human rights activist Stetson Kennedy contacted the radio show and shared with them his research on the Klan. A storyline was created, entitled ‘the Clan of the Fiery Cross’ where Superman took on the Klan, stripping away their mystique of the organization and making them experience a severe drop in membership thereafter. So, Superman has always been a force for good, even in the real world. It didn’t hurt the storyline earned spectacular ratings as well.
Superman’s first cinema appearances were in the Superman theatrical shorts, each made for very lavish budgets of 50,000 to 30,000 for the time. The result was spectacular animation that blew audiences away and showcased Superman’s power on the big screen. The shorts were highly popular, created between 1941 and 1943, contributing to Superman’s ongoing popularity. He also had a TV show called Adventures of Superman, starring George Reeves as the titular hero and was highly popular in its hey day.
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In 1978, the first big budget Superman film was produced, known as Superman: The Movie starring Christopher Reeve as Superman/Clark Kent, Gene Hackman as Lex Luthor, Margot Kidder as Lois Lane, and Marlon Brando as Superman’s father Jor-El. The film was directed by Richard Donner and lauded for its impressive special effect sequences, as well as Christopher Reeve’s portrayal of the titular superhero. Reeve managed to embody the classic character completely, making Clark Kent and Superman feel like truly different people, making Superman feel like a real character, rather than a archetype. The second highest grossing film of 1978 behind Grease, the series spawned three sequels, all of diminishing quality. But it remains a classic and Christopher Reeve, along with John Williams iconic score for the film, remain the definitive, enduring representations of the hero in the public eye.
Superman remains a classic of iconography and will always be a classic! We can’t wait to see what the future brings for the Man of Steel but for now, celebrate Superman Day by reading his comics or watch one of his cartoons, TV shows, and movies! As the man would say: this looks like a job for Superman!