What's up with all the superhero movies this summer? Thor, Green Lantern, X-Men: First Class, Captain America... there's a veritable glut of 'em.
Maybe even... a super glut.
I have yet to decide if I'm going to see any of them or not. Frankly, I've never been a big fan of Thor (although if Walt Simonson were drawing the movie, I'd go see it), the previous X-Men movies have all been pretty wretched, Green Lantern looks kind of stupid (sorry GL fans... but I call 'em as I see 'em), and I have yet to see any footage out of Captain America that makes me want to go see it (and I was a big Cap fan back when I was into comic books). I'll likely go see Thor and Captain America though, just because they'll tie into the Avengers movie. (Although I still have yet to see Iron Man 2, so I'll probably rent that on Blu-ray.)
Tonight though, on the WB...
It's not the WB anymore?
It's the what? CW? What's that stand for? Children's Television Workshop?
No... that's CTW.
Well, anyway. Tonight was the series finale of Smallville. It's been on TV something like 10 years. I say "something like" because I've never actually watched an entire episode of it before, so I'm a little out of touch with it. But the basic premise is that this is Clark Kent in his pre-Superman years.
So I thought I'd watch the finale, since there's been a lot of hype built up around it. Well, amongst those who watch it. I'd read some articles about it, and had seen bits and pieces of the show over the years, so I thought "why not?"
It was a really good episode, too. Kind of makes me wish I'd watched the series. But now that it's over, I don't have to, so just think of all the time I saved! Anyway, it hit a lot of really good notes, tied up what were (apparently) a lot of loose ends and plot points, and was pretty emotionally satisfying, even though I didn't know who most of the people in it were. You know, except the obvious ones like Lex Luthor and Lois Lane and so on. They managed to work in some of John Williams' Superman score into the episode too, which was a nice touch.
The part where Clark saves the day was a bit poorly explained though. Apparently, everyone on the planet was supposed to be somehow inspired by him and their positive energy would push away a giant asteroid of evil. Or something. Not really sure how that worked when only maybe a half-dozen people actually saw him, and even then he was a teeny-tiny blur. "Yay! We're inspired by that little blue guy!" Eh, minor quibble. When you start trying to apply logic to comic book characters, you're just asking for a world of hurt.
If you liked Smallville, I'm reasonably sure you probably liked this episode. Or didn't, because maybe it was really disappointing. And if you want to read a review from someone who's actually watched the series, well, there's always IGN.
But I thought the guy who played Clark was really good in the role. I think he'd make a good Superman. Too bad they've hired someone else to do the next reboot. Let's hope they get it right this time. That last Superman movie was awful.
Still though, it couldn't be any worse than Tim Burton's Batman.