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Subj: Re: Do You Believe It, Now, Trinity?
Posted: Thu Feb 01, 2018 at 12:04:24 pm CST (Viewed 126 times)
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Posted: Thu Feb 01, 2018 at 11:31:11 am CST (Viewed 218 times)

A very fine interview indeed. Brian Bendis' enthusiasm is such that that alone would capture my interest, yet I can't find anything to criticise or fault in what he reveals here and what his thoughts are on what is needed to reinvigorating Superman and his world. This is exactly what Superman needs at this time - fresh new energy, with an array of new ideas on where and how to take things forward.

Perhaps the best aspect of his thoughts and intended approach are his clear commitment to refocusing on Metropolis and its daily features, the people, and where Clark Kent and Superman fit into the lives of the everyday folk there. This has long been neglected by modern writers, but as the post-1986 era showed us Metropolis and its people and places were a very important ingrediant in the books success during those years. Bendis talent for dialogue and the everyday is ideally suited for the task, and this is one reason i have felt he is going to be a welcome shot in the arm for the character and his world. In as much as anything the use of 'The Man of Steel' as a new relaunch brand-name supports the intent that this will be the modern equivalent of the 1986 mini-series of the same name, a relaunch, though thankfully Bendis makes it clear that it is not any Reboot...

It is notable, and interesting, that while he discusses the obvious potential of exploring and re-establishing the world of Metropolis he makes no mention of its other famous resident and benefactor - Lex Luthor. As much as Metropolis needs some attention so too does Luthor at this stage, and what Bendis might have in mind intrigues me as much as his vision for Metropolis itself...

    Expanding the scope and detail in Superman's city is crucial to Bendis' long term planning.

    "I have a lot of goals for Superman," he says, "one of which is to help turn Metropolis into something as provocative and unique as Gotham City is. I think everyone will agree Gotham is one of the most built and best places in all of fictional cities, and Metropolis should follow suit. So Action Comics and DC Nation will be the first hints at how we're going to be building up Metropolis. Both in people and in culture, it'll be more than just the place Superman lives. We'll be taking a good look at a lot of place we haven't looked at before."

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