Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics [Blu-ray]
THE JOKER, LEX LUTHOR, CATWOMAN, DOOMSDAY, BANE. What makes them so thrillingly watchable? So terribly wonderful? So extremely vital to our super heroes and their worlds? This new feature-length documentary explores these questions across seven decades of DC Comics' hallowed Rogues' Gallery of infamous evildoers.
Part 2 comes direct from the local bowling alley where Superman fans gather for the annual "Super Bowl" on the first night of the Superman Celebration.
On Friday, June 11th, the second day of the 4 day Superman Celebration in Metropolis, Illinois, a Press Conference was held where invited press were able to participate in a Q&A with Noel Neill, Beverly Washburn, Phil Morris, and Justin Hartley.
The Superman Homepage reporters Jamie Kelley and Ronda Marson were on hand to video the conference.
Below are the events from Day 2 of the 4-day festival, including exclusive interviews with Josh Elder (writer of The Batman Strikes!), Daniel Peretti (author of Superman in Myth and Folklore), John Ostrander (writer of The Kents), and more! Be sure to watch through to part four to see Clark Kent bat at the annual "Metropolis Marvels vs. Smallville Meteors" Baseball game.
Below, Noel Neill talks about her favorite episodes from the "Adventures of Superman" TV series.
Below are the events from Day 3 of the 4-day festival.
Below are the events from Day 4 of the 4-day festival.
This past year we have seen the Republicans step down and the Democrats take over. We have also seen the economy drop so low that people are not just losing their jobs but also their homes. But that still did not stop all the Superman fans from gathering in Metropolis for the 31st Annual Superman Celebration!
It runs four days Thursday-Sunday of the second weekend in June. Thursday starts off in the late afternoon with a skit centered on Superman defeating some villain such as Lex Luthor. This year after the opening, there was a ground breaking party for the Noel Neill statue. This statue was presented to Miss Neill on her 85th birthday and the Chamber of Commerce is still continually trying to raise funds for the statue in both her likeness and honor.
After the ground breaking, a group of people who belong to the Superfriends of Metropolis web page met at a local restaurant named Wiley Jacks for an "Eat and Meet" session with everyone and then onto ten pin bowling.
Friday Morning started early with waiting in line to get tickets for the Saturday Autograph sessions with Justin Hartley (Green Arrow/Oliver Queen) and Phil Morris (Martian Manhunter/John Jones) of Smallville. The rest of the day was filled with activities such as seeing Clint Young's Batmobile, a Superman fans baseball game, Superman Jeopardy (my personal favorite) and the list went on. There was something to do till the late evening. All day Friday and Saturday fans met with Beverly Washburn who appeared as the little girl in Superman and the Mole Men.
I had the pleasure of meeting and talking with her. She is a dear sweet lady and I hope she will be returning for future celebrations. Beverly was at the Artist's Ally and Writer's Way where there was much going on. A pilot titled Super Kids and Dad was shown and the place was packed. It was a throw back to the 1966 Batman series and I hope it "takes off". The evening ended with Noel Neill and Larry Ward sharing their favorite episodes from The Adventures of Superman TV series.
Saturday was the day to get the autographs of the featured celebrities and a chance to ask them questions at the Questions and Answers session.
Fans got a chance to meet the first Lois Lane of the Movie Serials and TV show, Noel Neill. I said this about Beverly Washburn and it goes double for Noel. She is a dear sweet lady and she has a special place in her fan's hearts. Noel is always there to meet her fans and share her stories.
Superman fans got a chance to become honorary citizens of Metropolis. The Chamber of Commerce was selling the certificates for $20.00 and at 1:30pm Saturday and Sunday afternoon, Mayor Billy McDaniel swore the fans in and pictures were taken under the Superman statue. This was the first time this was done and I think it was a popular event.
Saturday ended with the Annual Superman Auction. This is the place where collectors can get some rare pieces of Superman history. This took place from 5:00pm-11:00pm. If you did not want to go to the auction, Beverly was showing the complete film Superman and the Mole Men at the Artist's Alley.
The last day was Sunday and the annual car show was held at Massac Park, and a costume contest was held under the main tent. The costume contest is where people put their time and energy to make costumes of their favorite superhero or villain and the winner received $1,000. This was fun and exciting to watch.
The celebration ended with a Superman Scavenger Hunt. This writer had to catch a plane home and did not see it but like everything else I am sure it was a success.
Don't forget this celebration is held the second weekend in June every year. I have already made my reservations for 2010, how about you?
Alternatively you can watch the complete Q&A session on YouTube. Divided up into 3 parts, Part 1 and Part 3 are available to view online. I'm not sure why they haven't uploaded Part 2 yet. There's an alternative to Part 1 that catches the first question to Justin Hartley.
Walking away with the 1st prize trophy and $300 prize money was George Doerr with his fan film "Villains Day Off".
It's time to pull out your blue tights and red cape and head to Metropolis... or you can wear your blue jeans and a t-shirt if that is more your style!
Superman will be walking the streets of Metropolis for the 31st year in a row as the annual Superman Celebration is set to take place June 11-14 in the small Ohio River town.
"It's a chance for people of all ages to come together and just enjoy a weekend of fun," explained Metropolis Tourism Director Angie Shelton. "You never know who you'll meet...and you never know what you'll see!" People from all over the world travel to Metropolis each year for this unique celebration and many will be dressed as their favorite Super Hero.
Celebrity guests at this year's festival include Justin Hartley and Phil Morris from television's Smallville; Noel Neill, Lois Lane from The Adventures of Superman; and Beverly Washburn, the child actor from Superman and the Mole Men. Hartley, Morris and Neil will participate in a Q & A session as well as autograph sessions on Saturday. Washburn will be available to meet with fans Friday and Saturday.
To honor Noel Neill, the "first lady of Metropolis, a ground breaking ceremony for a statue of her likeness is scheduled to kick off the weekend at 5:30pm on Thursday, June 11 at the corner of 8th and Market streets. Engraved bricks are being sold to help fund the statue project. Neill will also take part in a tribute to George Reeves Friday evening as it is the 50th anniversary of Reeves' death.
Beverly Washburn will take part in another tribute to George Reeves on Saturday when the uncut version of Superman and the Mole Men movie is shown.
Artists and writers Gail Simone, Mike Norton, John Ostrander and Josh Elder along with member of the Mid-south Cartoonist Association will be among those who will share their love of comics with visitors to Metropolis.
Free live entertainment on Superman Square will include gospel music by Cross Harmony and the Kingsmen on Thursday evening; the Scott Air Force Band, Hot Brass on Friday evening and Sunday afternoon; and the Colgate Country Showdown on Saturday night.
Merle Haggard and Shooters Jennings will perform in an outdoor concert at Harrah's Saturday night as well. Admission will be charged for this concert.
Celebration Co-Chairperson Karla Ogle explains there will be events for people of all ages. "The Celebration will include a "Smallville" tent where free children's activities are held each day, an amusement park with concessions and rides and a "Man of Steel" tent where "super" strength competitions are held, " she said. " Our Artist's Alley will welcome visitors as a place to learn about the creations of comic books and our street fair filled with vendors and food even features a rock climbing wall," she added.
Plus right in the middle of all of the activities visitors will have the opportunity to tour the Super Museum, which holds the largest collection of Superman memorabilia in the world, and pose with the world-famous 15-foot-tall bronze statue of Superman.
Many popular events are returning to this year's line-up including the $1000 Costume Contest, Super Car Show, Supertrek Bike Ride, The George Awards and Auction, Color-A-Cape for kids, Superman Road Race, The Super Dog Contest, the Supergirl and Superboy pageants and many more activities.
New to this year's line-up is a Kentucky Harley's Owners Group Bike show on Saturday afternoon at Dorothy Miller Park.
Superman fans will have the chance to become an "honorary citizen of Metropolis" for the first time during this year's Celebration. Citizen certificates will be available for purchase at the Metropolis Chamber of Commerce during the Celebration and the mayor of Metropolis will hold a "swearing in" ceremony at the Superman Statue.
Metropolis, Illinois is the only town with the same name as the fictional city made famous in comic books. It is located at the southern tip of Illinois where the Ohio River meets Paducah, Ky. A complete schedule of events for the Superman Celebration can be found at www.supermancelebration.net, or by calling the Chamber of Commerce at 800-949-5740.