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Noteworthy Superman dates to remember...
September 1: Traditionally recognized as the birthday of Jonathan Kent, Clark Kent's adoptive father.
September 5: George Lazenby, Jor-El in the Superboy TV series, born in Queanbeyan, New South Wales, Australia in 1939.
September 6: Justin Whalin, Jimmy Olsen in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, born in 1974.
September 6: Man of Steel screening at dusk takes place at Forest Park, City of Noblesville Parks in Indiana.
September 8: The Super Friends cartoon show makes its debut on ABC-TV in 1973.
September 10: Filmation's The New Adventures of Superman animated series premieres on CBS in 1966.
September 12: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman makes its debut on ABC-TV in 1993.
September 13: Artist Mike Grell (Superboy and the Legion of Super Heroes) born in 1947.
September 15: Jackie Cooper, Perry White in the Superman films, born in 1922.
September 16: Tommy Bond, Jimmy Olsen in two serials, Superman and Atom Man vs Superman, born in Dallas, Texas in 1926.
September 16: Writer Kurt Busiek (Superman & Action Comics) born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1960.
September 16: Steve Younis, owner of the Superman Homepage, born in 1971. :)
September 17: Bryan Singer, director of Superman Returns, born in New York, NY, USA in 1965.
September 17: Writer Roger Stern (Action Comics) born in 1950.
September 18: James Marsden, Richard White in Superman Returns, born in Stillwater, Oklahoma in 1973.
September 20-21: Brandon Routh is a special guest at the Saskatoon Comic & Entertainment Expo.
September 22: Traditionally recognized as the birthday of Kara Zor-El, AKA Supergirl.
September 22: Laura Vandervoort, Kara Zor-El (aka Supergirl) in the TV series Smallville, born in Toronto, Canada in 1984.
September 23: Writer Peter David (Supergirl) born in 1956.
September 24: Tommy Bond, Jimmy Olsen in two serials, Superman and Atom Man vs Superman, dies in 2005, aged 79.
September 25: Christopher Reeve, star of the Superman films, born in New York, NY in 1952.
September 26: Writer Louise Simonson (Superman: The Man of Steel) born in 1946.
September 28: Traditionally recognized as the birthday of Lex Luthor.

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August 23, 2014: Washington D.C. to Feature in "Batman v Superman"Print

As filming for "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" continues in Michigan, with preparations for the production to head to Morroco soon, new photos have emerged hinting that Metropolis, Gotham and possibly Themyscira are not the only locations we'll see in the movie... with Washington D.C. cars, buses and taxis spotted on location.

Washington D.C. MetroBus
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Capitol Building Washington D.C.

Batman-News.com reports on some possible spoilers that tie in with the Washington D.C. vehicles...

    A major action scene was shot in July in one of the big studios in Detroit. Without giving too much away... it involves Superman and the United States Capitol building in Washington D.C. (pictured above). Superman will have to answer for what happened at the end of "Man of Steel". Half the public blames him for all the death and destruction. If it wasn't for Superman being there, General Zod would have never come to Earth.

As always, these rumors on story elements cannot be substantiated at this point in time, but the vehicles indicate that a scene or scenes will definitely take place in Washington D.C.

Photos: Bananadoc


#1 | Al on August 23, 2014 9:04am EST
Hiya guys, sorry if this post isn't quite related to the artical in question but I saw this youtube video about ways Batman could beat Superman.


Sorry if this is seen as unrelated and feel free to ignore or remove if you are a mod, but I'de love to hear your thoughts on the video. Personally I think it's a load of baloney. I won't spam my long reply here but if you want to read it, look for the comment written by radbot1 .
#2 | sehroyal on August 23, 2014 11:16am EST
Great. I love it when Superman's in front of world leaders, standing his ground. It will be great to address about all that's happened to all the criticism over the end of MoS to moviegoers too.


Anyway, Spielberg's AI, for every way they pointed how Batman can beat him, there's five others that Superman could avoid AND outmatch him. :/

I just reminded of a conversation with a friend, lol, so Batman got a tank, a nuclear blast, a almost magic-like kryptonite arrow shot by probably the world's greatest archer, the whole city's power and nostalgic memories of better days that make Superman hold back against Batman... And the guy still wants to say "the one man that beat you"? haha! Grin

I wonder what Superman can do with prep time... Oh, wait, Superman vs. The Elite Shock
#3 | DrAwkward on August 23, 2014 1:51pm EST
Hm... I'd be a bit disappointed if the movie is so cynical that half of the people blame Superman. I'm not unrealistic... I know that blame can irrationally attach without guilt and that humanity isn't totally rational, but I'd like to think such bigotry or woundedness is a small minority...

A Brown study summarizes:

When making moral judgments, people focus on two primary pieces of information, intention and outcome. Causation refers to the causal responsibility of an agent for a given outcome while intention refers to the intentions, desires and beliefs of that agent toward the outcome. For example, if someone found a baseball lying next to a broken window in his house, he might, understandably, want to blame the person responsible. To assign blame, the owner would want to determine who broke the window (i.e., the cause) and whether they meant to (e.g., accidentally, during a game of baseball vs. intentionally, on a dare).

While both causation and intention are important in making moral judgments, their relative influence varies according to several factors. More specifically, causation and intention have varying impacts on moral judgments depending on: (1) the type of judgment (e.g., judging wrongness relies solely on intentions, while blame requires both intentions and causal responsibility); (2) the domain of morality (e.g., moral judgments of assault are sensitive to intentions while moral judgments of incest are not); and (3) individual differences (e.g., deficits in processing the beliefs and desires of others, such as those in people with autism, result in more causation focused moral judgments).
Clark didn't intend to be on Earth and had no control over it. Lacking intentionality or knowledge of the risks, he couldn't have the mens rea or mental state to do anything blame-worthy, much less actually do anything blame-worthy. The only thing that might be attributed to him was entering the ship, but remember that the security drone was active BEFORE Clark managed to push the Command Key all the way in and the military had ALREADY discovered the ship... so, even if Clark had not been there, the military would have breached the hull, set off the security drone, and a distress signal would have been sent out into the stars for Zod to pick up. Thank goodness, Clark DID find the ship, because it prepared him to fight Zod.

So while Clark is arguably the cause-in-fact, it was arguable that Zod coming to Earth was inevitable, irrespective of his presence, and that Zod would have incentive to terraform Earth as a habitable Kryptonian world, rather than continue to wander the stars "all we found was death"... a homeworld is one-half of the equation to the resurrection of Krypton and I don't see Zod just letting that opportunity slide.

The only way I can see that many people holding Superman responsible is if The Daily Planet, the US Government (which acted in a joint strike mission with Superman to save humanity), and Superman himself are completely tight lipped about how he came to Earth... but I don't think that jives with what MoS shows us. Superman volunteers that he was adopted to Lois, and raised in Kansas to the General. It would be odd for the government to admit to a joint mission then fail to explain to the American people why their teammate isn't also an enemy to be driven off, but a trust worthy ally. Especially, if the film takes place some time after MoS, Superman will have had a lot of time to do good in the public eye.
#4 | liheibao on August 23, 2014 6:55pm EST
^That's a fine analysis, but BvS is responding to the reaction to the story, more than the elements of MOS itself. I sincerely doubt if audiences just rolled with the film whole-hog that we'd see much, if any, attention paid to destructive events of MOS.
#5 | Scotty V on August 24, 2014 12:32pm EST
DrAwkward, that's a great analysis and I personally agree and also think it's pretty evident to anyone thinking logically.

On the flip-side of that though, I can see how there would be questions and how many people (especially people who were injured, killed or lost loved ones) may want to irrationally attach blame or, at the very least, expect some explanation as to why it may or may not happen again. Hence the possible collaboration of the US officials in Washington and Superman to create a global force for good that next time may be able to more limit the casualties and destruction.

Might they somewhat follow the New 52 JL model, where Steve Trevor is actually a US government liaison between the JL and the government? I think that would be an interesting way to incorporate WW and Trevor's relationship into the story.
#6 | Hollywood on August 24, 2014 4:51pm EST
Bitter irony.

Finally, Superman finds a city I wouldn't mind him trashing, and if the photos are any indication, D.C. escapes unscathed. Way to go, Supes. Wreck the working man's cities like Detroit, but leave D.C. standing. It would appear that "S" now stands for "Truth, Justice, and the 1%."


Okay, joking aside, if any of this is true (see: grain of salt), Superman deserves whatever righteous grilling he gets.

The biggest part of my hatred from MoS was at the end when he faces off with the general who was tracking him with a drone. In that scene, I sided with the general ... not the story's central hero, not the guy who's SUPPOSED to be my favorite superhero. No, I sided with the general operating under orders of the American government, with the NSA, the FBI, and any other covert ops group that might be tracking Kal-El. (I NEVER side with those guys!)

That and the endless frowny faced emo crap. (Zod's death was actually a minor part of my disdain.)

But when Supes said, "We'll have to trust each other," I wanted the general to say, "Hey numb nuts, you wrecked a city. You want my trust? Don't wreck cities!"

I can't say I expect much substance or character development from any of this. After all, the guy in the director's chair is hardly known for either. More than likely, it will come across as "Hey, look! See? We're answering your criticisms! You guys are satisfied now, right!?"
#7 | gerrym51 on August 24, 2014 5:49pm EST
Based on how the movie went this scenario seems totally plausible. Remember nobody really knows anything about him-but they know he could destroy the planet. I'd be scared too.
#8 | DrAwkward on August 24, 2014 6:25pm EST
Scotty V, I agree with you, and that's why I think "Dawn of Justice", as clumsy a title as it may seem, actually tells us that in the end, Superman "wins." Superman's the light, Batman's the dark... but the film ends with a dawn. Superman's the team player... he took down Zod only in a joint strike mission with the cooperation of the US Government (Lois and Dr. Hamilton). Batman's the lone wolf (who somehow has, in the comics, a Bat Family that dwarfs any other character, heh). We know the film leads to the Justice League team. Superman's the one who operates openly, Batman's in the shadows... and traditionally the Justice League has been a public entity.

So, at a minimum, Superman survives whatever Batman brings, but Superman's ideals are going to win out and trump Batman's... at least in the most important sequel-building respects. Ideally, they still hold their own views and methods but agree upon justice overall. I'm sure there are some things a veteran Batman can teach a rookie Superman that wouldn't necessarily be offensive to Superman fans either and could make for a good dynamic. Once they get past all the inevitable butting of heads, they're predisposed to like each other... Jor-El is very similar to Batman... he comes from a prestigious family, has all the best tech and is renown for his intelligence, he has incredible fighting skills, acted above the law, etc. Meanwhile, Superman represents someone who also lost family, but changed the world for good... Superman stepping up exemplifies the world Batman wanted to build. But I'm sure they'll disagree on plenty of other stuff.

Anyways, back on topic...

gerrym51, it's going to depend on when the movie takes place, but consider the following things that kinda have to happen after the Black Zero Event:

1) Superman has to go public to a certain degree - There's no escaping it. People can't feel secure or move on with their lives knowing that the mysterious "Kal-El" called out by Zod lives amongst them without knowing at least something about his story or position. Clark tells his mom that he's taken a job at the Planet specifically so he can help people... so he's going to be doing that, publicly, from now on... and to some extent, you can't help people who are terrified by you, kicking and screaming to get away; so Superman is going to have to go public. Tell some part of his story.

2) The Government has to go public to a certain degree - As above, they can't get people to move on and rebuild. They also will have a certain degree of accountability internationally. So in a mission where the US cooperated with Superman and saved the planet, it's going to be tough for them to say nothing. Rather, they're going to be talking up their contribution to the saving of the planet AND they'll be talking up Superman to justify their cooperation with him, to curry his favor, and claim him as their own. So the American people and the world at large are going to get a positive spin on Superman from the Government.

3) The Daily Planet - We know what position Lois is going to take, we know what position Jenny takes... we probably know which paper is going to get the exclusives with Superman for a public dying to know more about him... so the main outlet reporting on him, direct from the source, is going to spin it positively as well.

So that leaves the critics. Now if you're a bigot or if you're wounded, I don't expect you to act or be rational... you'll assign blame and fault where none can be justifiably attached. So they can pile on all the hate they want without making sense. However, let's say you're a rational critic. Let's say you believe this invincible, unkillable, all-seeing, all-hearing, nigh omnipresent (he can cross the globe in less than 8 seconds) being is a monster that no power on earth can hold accountable. You'd be scared, sure, but if you're rational... what does it profit you to speak out about it? To actively protest Superman or to join "half" of the population in such protest? If he's invincible and unaccountable, what does your protest hope to accomplish? Hurt Superman's feelings? Drive him into the arms of Canada or some foreign power more than happy to have the most powerful being on the planet call their nation his home? If he's really the monster you fear, wouldn't he just disappear you into space without anyone being the wiser? The fact that he just listens, doesn't that prove the protests crazy? The fact that he continues to do good despite being blamed and jeered, doesn't that show he's not the monster alleged?

I'm not saying people won't have their private thoughts or that the Government may not covertly attempt to develop contingencies, but the very impossibility of holding Superman accountable makes it implausible that such a large amount of people would protest (much less expect anything to be accomplished) or that their arguments would be persuasive. The public face of the BZE would be entirely in Superman's favor as would any subsequent actions he took.

However, if the protesting wasn't just against Superman, but perhaps FOR some kind of accountability, THAT I could see. In other words, the people aren't saying that Superman necessarily did anything wrong or that he was going to do anything wrong, however, I could see people saying, "I'm glad he saved the world and is doing good, but no one should be above the law and what if he breaks it / goes rogue? Superman needs to be accountable in some way." That's more plausible to me.
#9 | GodzillaofSteel on August 24, 2014 11:12pm EST
Let's hope this turns out well. I hope this scene is thought-provoking and evokes the heart of who Superman is while he talks to congress. Hopefully Chris Terrio writes some epic dialogue for Superman so that it brings depth, honesty, integrity, and also makes a great case for his position and reasoning.

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