Wizard World Cleveland 2016 marked Wizard World’s second convention in Cleveland, Ohio and it was bigger and better. Fans flocked to the FirstMerit Convention Center of Cleveland to see their favorite actors and creators. On Saturday, February 27, 2016, the second day of Wizard World Cleveland, attendance was in the thousands. Many came to get their picture taken with Chris Hemsworth who plays Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Other celebrities at Wizard World Cleveland 2016 were Brent Spiner (Star Trek: TNG), Jason David Frank (Power Rangers), Jason Mewes (Clerks, Dogma) and many more.
Jason David Frank
As with any other comic conventions, there were plenty of cosplayers at Wizard World Cleveland. The popular characters cosplayers came dressed as were Deadpool and characters from the new Star Wars film, as well as some classics like Batman and the Joker. There were also some blasts from the past that the casual pop culture fan may not recognize such as Hanna-Barbera’s Penelope Pitstop and Milestone’s Static Shock.
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Ever since this movie was announced back in 2010, I have been looking forward to seeing Zack Snyder’s vision of the Superman legend. Tonight the anticipation paid off. Man of Steel is one of, if not the definitive Superman story. I’m not going to put any major spoilers in this review because I feel any plot points are best experienced while watching the movie.
Man of Steel, of course, focuses on the beginnings of Kal-El/ Clark Kent/ Superman, from his birth on Krypton to growing up in Smallville to when he puts on the suit. One thing that sets Man of Steel apart from any other Superman movie or television show is that the audience is only sees key points of Clark’s childhood in Smallville. Snyder takes a page out of the Nolan-directed Batman Begins utilizing flashbacks for Clark as a child. Another welcome change in the introductory Superman story is no Lex Luthor. Don’t get me wrong, I love Luthor but I feel the whole Lex as Superman’s first villain has been played out. It was a refreshing change of pace for the major bad guy to be someone from Krypton than a Earth man like Lex. The cast is perfectly chosen especially Henry Cavill and Amy Adams who play Superman and Lois Lane respectively. The real surprise was in Russell Crowe’s role as Superman’s Kryptonian father, Jor-El. Unlike his bland performance in Les Miserables, Crowe shines in this film.
As much as I love Bryan Singer and his work on the X-Men movies, Superman Returns was horrible. The reason for this was that Singer tried to continue what Richard Donner and Ilya Salkind did on the original Superman movies including using the John Williams theme sans John Williams. The result was a convoluted mess that left Superman fans confused and disgusted.
As to how Man of Steel compares with Superman The Movie, there is really no fair reason to draw a comparison. Both films present a vision of Superman that is representative of the era they were filmed. Like the original 1978 film, Man of Steel is a seminal work and one that could set the stage for later cinematic outings for other DC Comics properties such as Justice League, The Flash and Wonder Woman. Early ticket sales projections have prompted Warner Brothers to lock in Snyder and company for a sequel to Man of Steel.
I should’ve wrote this article on Monday but things get delayed when you are a college student. The Las Vegas Comic Expo was definitely one of the best, if not the best, comic convention I have attended. Even though I attended the Comic Expo as a member of the press and not a fan, I still had a great time. Here are some random thoughts from my attendance from both days:
Meeting Scott Lobdell was great but getting to talk to him extensively about the comics that he wrote that I have read was amazing. The first comic of his that I read was also the first X-Men comic that I ever read. The issue was Uncanny X-Men #288.
The Cosplayers have a dedication to dressing up for comic conventions, even to the point of enduring wearing a bulky black Batman suit in the Las Vegas sun.
Robin, Batman, and Jubilee
I asked the guy in the Batman suit how hot he got in that suit walking into the Expo from the parking lot. He told me that he felt like he was going to burn up outside.
Even the some of the retailers from comic shops like to get in on dressing up for conventions.
Some of the most unexpected yet interesting things can be seen on the convention floor.
The writers and artists in the comic industry are very accessible at conventions. They are comic fans as much as we are.
On Friday, Warner Brothers premiered the teaser trailer to The Dark Knight Rises with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. Billed as the “epic conclusion to the Dark Knight legend”, the teaser gives us clips from Batman Begins and The Dark Knight and while we only get a couple of scenes from The Dark Knight Rises, we get a brief glimpse of Tom Hardy as Bane.
I am really looking forward to this film coming out next summer and I am eager to see Chris Nolan’s take on Bane and Catwoman.
This is the first piece of news I read this morning. For 21 years, I have been reading comics and one of the reasons I started reading comics, especially Superman, was because DC Comics decided after over 50 years after introducing the Clark Kent/ Lois Lane relationship dynamic it was time for Lois and Clark to get engaged. This interested me because I am a hopeless romantic.
The first Superman comic I read was Action Comics #660; on the cover it had Lex Luthor laying on the floor with the grim reaper sporting Superman’s symbol looming over him and in the center left of the cover it said: THE DEATH OF LUTHOR!. This comic took place immediately after Clark proposed to Lois in Superman #50. At the time, all of us readers thought that Lex Luthor had died in this issue but he faked his own death in a roundabout way. It wasn’t the supposed demise of Lex Luthor though that made me want to read what happened next. For me, it was about what would Lois think when Clark told her he was Superman and how would she react. Everytime I picked up a Superman comic after that issue it was to see what would happen with the engagement of Lois and Clark.
Even though the wedding of Lois Lane and Clark Kent wouldn’t happen for another six years in 1996, it was originally slated for Superman #75 in 1993, which if you remember was the “death” of Superman. The creators of the Superman comics were planning on showing the nuptials of Lois and Clark in this issue but plans changed due to the premiere of ABC’s Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. The editors at DC Comics thought it would be too confusing to have Lois and Clark married in the comics when on TV, Lois and Clark were barely an item.
The wedding on both Lois and Clark and in the comics finally happened in the fall of 1996. I was so excited at this development and loved the idea of Lois being in the know when it came to the world of the other heroes like Batman and Wonder Woman. Some of the best stories I have read in the DC Comics line revolve around Lois interacting with other heroes and she knew them personally.
Now with the news from today that DC Comics is starting over in September with the Superman legend and Lois and Clark are not only not married but not even romantically involved I am starting to wonder if it is even worth it to read the “new” Superman comics especially considering that DC Comics is not giving us Lois and Clark fans a good Lois and Clark story in the current continuity before the sweeping changes go into effect in September.