Did Lego Just Make Man Of Steel Better? Probably Not, But There Might Be A Hulk Sequel

This post contains would could be a major spoiler (if by major, you mean, reveals who the villain is, which isn't so much of a spoiler) for Man of Steel, the upcoming, probably craptacular Superman film. For those that like to remain oblivious to the sorts of things that are usually revealed by IMDb cast lists, I'll put it after the jump.

But first, and wholly unrelated, Kevin Feige, producer and mastermind behind MCU, has revealed that he is open to making another Hulk film. Saying:
"Do I think Hulk can carry a movie and be as entertaining as he was in Avengers? I do believe that. I do believe he absolutely could. We certainly are not even going to attempt that until Avengers 2... So there's a lot of time to think about it."
This makes sense, and I was actually just talking to someone about this. Phase 2 of the MCU is set in stone. They've got their line up. Anything like a SHIELD movie (pretty much dead so long as the series gets picked up), Hawkeye or Black Widow focused films, or any Hulk sequels will have to wait until at least 2016. So it's not really news.

What is news is that one of the story lines Feige, who is now famous (at least in my mind) for getting a Guardians of the Galaxy movie into production, will not discount, is Planet Hulk, and World War Hulk. Said Feige:
"I don't think there's a lot that we couldn't do someday, as the cinematic universe continues to grow and expand and get as big as the comic book universe. 'Planet Hulk' is a cool story, 'World War Hulk' is a cool story."
For those not in the know, Planet Hulk featured Banner being exiled on a Gladiator-style planet, only to defeat all of it's warriors, and eventually rule as it's leader. World War Hulk featured Banner returning to Earth, with his alien minions in tow, seeking revenge on those that exiled him. Now, I know what you are saying. That all sounds perfectly insane. And it was. It was also fantastic, and one of the better Hulk story lines in years.

I say, if you're going to go big, go big. We've seen the Hulk grapple with his emotions twice already, and we've seen what he can do when he controls the beast. I say, give Hulk a challenge. And I for one see World War Hulk as a perfect storyline for Avengers 3, considering that was what everyone thought The Avengers was going to end up being.

And now, after the jump, some Superman news that might not actually be that exciting.

I've been somewhat (hyper) critical of the forthcoming Superman film, Man of Steel. I have accused it of being a tired redress of the same material we've seen covered in every Superman film made thus far, and that Warners seems incapable of not just remaking Superman '78 over and over again. I point to the inclusion of Jor-El, the destruction of Krypton, the use of Zod, the coverage of the childhood of Clark Kent, and the early days of Superman's existence as proof of this. But today, I might have been proven wrong on one of these points, and by Lego, of all things.

The company has released the names of the sets that will be released over the course of next year, tying in to their Superheroics line, and covering both Iron Man 3 and Man of Steel. And they included this title among them:
Superman Black Zero Escape
Now, if you're anything like me, you looked at that, and thought "I wonder how much pie I could eat before I vomited." You thought this because Black Zero means nothing to you, as it shouldn't. But it seemed to spark the interest of others on the internet, so I looked it up. I'm helpful that way. According to various sources (Wikipedia) Black Zero, aside from having a terrible name, is one of two "characters" that both accomplished the same thing: they are responsible for the destruction of Krypton. Instead, you know, of natural causes.

The original character was an intergalactic assassin, specialising in destroying planets (it was the Silver Age, they did that sort of thing). He was hired to destroy Krypton, and eventually came to Earth. Superman was forced to release Phantom Zone criminals to assist in stopping him. The second character was more of a terrorist organisation, made up of clones, that fought a war on Krypton, detonated a bomb which destabilised the core, and caused the planet to explode.

The new theory is, since Michael Shannon has never been confirmed to be playing Zod, he will instead be playing this Black Zero character. Which might make more sense considering that at least some of his performance was done in motion capture. However, if they went with the second interpretation, of the clone army, there is nothing to say that he still couldn't be playing Zod, who could be in league with the Black Zero movement.

Most importantly, I don't think this changes anything. Yes, kudos to the writers for finding an obscure villain to presumably include in the film, but did it have to be so obscure? In the animated series, Brainiac served the same purpose, and is a villain that is overdue for a film role and has recognition. Most importantly, either direction, and with or without Zod, it still means a significant portion of the film is going to be devoted to Krypton, before it explodes. Let me stress this: Krypton. Isn't. Important.

It just isn't. The only thing Krypton needs to be, is destroyed. It's purpose is served in it's absence, so that Superman has no where else to go. Why it exploded, who was around when it did explode, if Jor-El was super bitchy when it exploded are all inconsequential. All that matter is what Superman does when he's on Earth. That is what defines him as a character. Krypton is no more important then Peter Parker's parents, or Batman's parents lives. They just get the heroes to where they need to be, to be heroes. Spending any amount of time on them otherwise is a wasted opportunity.

Via First Showing, and Topless Robot.
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Adopting the descriptor of "successfully unpublished author", MR. Clark began writing things on the internet in 2012, which he believed to be an entirely reputable and civilized place to find and deliver information. He regrets much.


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