The Death and Return of Superman (film)
|The Death and Return of Superman|
|Directed by||Max Landis|
|Produced by||Bryan Basham|
|Written by||Max Landis|
|Music by||Evan Goldman|
|February 3, 2012|
The Death and Return of Superman is a short film released in 2012 on YouTube, by Chronicle writer Max Landis. The film, as its title implies, is a monologue about "The Death and Return of Superman" storyline from DC Comics over parody-like sketches. The film was produced by Bryan Basham, creator of COPS: Skyrim.
While drinking some Johnnie Walker mixed with water, Max Landis talks about Superman and how he influenced the world of comic book superheroes until his fading popularity in the 1990s. A group of DC Comics executives had a meeting and concluded that in order for Superman to be relevant again, he had to die. Throughout Landis' narrative, he describes the birth of Doomsday and the events that set up his battles with Superman until the deaths of both combatants. DC Comics roughly shipped three million copies of Superman vol. 2 Issue #75 worldwide; nearly all of which were sold out within the first day of release.
Shortly after the death of Superman, DC Comics introduced the "Reign of the Supermen!" story arc, which introduced four characters claiming to be Superman. One of these was Hank Henshaw, a cyborg version of Superman who defeated the other three and destroyed Coast City, causing Hal Jordan to lose his sense of reasoning and kill fellow members of the Green Lantern Corps. The Cyborg Superman continued his reign of terror until the real Superman appeared and defeated him. It was revealed that Superman had emerged from a "healing coma". Superman's resurrection was met with outrage from fans who felt betrayed by DC Comics; as a result, sales of Superman's comics plummeted and have never recovered ever since.
As he pours himself another drink, Landis recalls a lesson learned from his father John Landis about how to kill a vampire; the elder Landis deduced that writers can kill vampires any way they want because vampires do not exist. In essence, the Death of Superman story arc did not kill Superman; instead, it killed death. In effect, death became irrelevant in comics, as hundreds of comic book characters would die and resurrect multiple times in the years to come.
- Max Landis as Himself
- Kelsey Gunn as young Max Landis
- Morgan Krantz as Superman
- Elden Henson as Doomsday
- Mandy Moore as Lois Lane
- Elijah Wood as Hank Henshaw/Cyborg Superman
- Matt Bennett as Superboy
- Dustin Romero as The Eradicator
- Barry Brisco as Steel
- Zach Cregger as Hal Jordan
- Whitney Moore as Batman
- Jennifer Newman as Robin
- Jezlan Moyet as Nightwing and a Fraternity partygoer
- Brian Morrison as Guardian
- Brad Gage as Guy Gardner
- Ashley Hinshaw as Power Girl
- Chloe Dykstra as Ice
- Luke Barats as Blue Beetle
- Joe Bereta as Booster Gold
- Zena Grey as Lana Lang
- Jimmi Simpson as Bertron
- Chris Hardwick as Himself
- Kit Willesee as the '30s Woman
- Yuri Lowenthal as the '30s Man
- Taliesin Jaffe as a Fraternity partygoer
Ron Howard makes a cameo appearance as Max's son, and Simon Pegg appears as John Landis; Landis had done this style of video before in his web series Cooking With Comics, as well as his "Vague Recollections of Watchmen" and "Drunk Comic Book History: The Robins".
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