I think it is fair to say the last time I had a good and proper fan meltdown was when I watched Max Landis’ Death of Superman video.  It was a good meltdown too.  I mean holy crap did I loose my mind.  I’d post a link to the video but frankly I really don’t want to give it any more support.  My  hatred of that piece now stems from the fact that he gets so many of the facts of the Death and Return of Superman wrong and that I disagree with his ultimate point rather than thinking that Max is a hipster douche bag.

Because ad hominems add nothing to the argument.  I am going to keep this in mind in future meltdowns I may or may not have.

Thanks to Google Alerts I was directed to the video you see below this paragraph.  At first I didn’t want to watch it because of the last video I watched of his about Superman but I did because I am trying to be a better fan these days.  A few minutes into the video I had the oddest thought and that thought was, “HOLY @#$%, I’M AGREEING WITH MAX LANDIS!”

The fact that I have been saying the exact same thing for years about Spider-Man and Batman (especially over at Views From The Longbox where I spent an entire episode debunking some of the Superman vs. Batman nonsense) made me connect with this guy for the first time and see that maybe he wasn’t the jackass I thought he was.  While I still enjoy Man of Steel for what it was I can’t help but agree with most of what he said about the film.

So yeah…I agreed with something Max Landis said about Superman.

Wonders will never cease.

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  1. Collin Stoltz says:

    I can’t disagree with anything Landis said about how the fight was too much. I don’t think I’d have liked to see Superman kill Zod earlier on, but to see less destruction in the final battle might have been nice, or at least to see Superman do the Iron Man 3 thing where he has to save a bunch of people and every second counts because if even one person dies he loses. But I digress.

    Hopefully, the next movie will be an improvement. Despite all he has said, I truly did enjoy Man of Steel, and no number of negative opinions I hear online, and there have been a lot of them, will change that.

  2. Alan says:

    This was my first exposure to Max Landis and I had to push past my immediate dislike to focus on what he had to say. First, he is dead wrong about Spider-Man. That being said, he is also wrong when he says Kal-El has no responsibility to act morally with Zod because they are of equal strength. He actually argues that Superman should have pre-emptively killed Zod because he was a potential threat to humans. I can’t imagine how you could be more wrong about the character. You can argue whether Superman should or shouldn’t have killed Zod when pushed into a no-win scenario but the answer isn’t that he should have just casually murdered him once he realized that Zod would achieve similar powers. THAT is a homicidal bully, something he accused Spider-Man of being.

    As far as the destruction of Metropolis goes, it was too much and Snyder did much too little to show that Superman had any concern for the human beings in their midst. A few obvious attempts to take the fight out of the city and to x-ray buildings before throwing Zod through them would have made the whole thing a bit more palatable.

    Landis’ idea that super-hero films are focusing too much on destruction seems odd. It’s not like there isn’t countless precedents in the comics themselves.

    My two cents.

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