Neal Adams Talks MAN OF STEEL; Briefly Touches On SUPERMAN RETURNS

Comic book artist Neal Adams recently sat down and talked to Kevin Smith on his Fatman On Batman podcast. Having praised what Marvel had done with the Avengers, he talked about Zack Snyder's Man Of Steel and briefly shared his thoughts on Bryan Singer's Superman returns.

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By McNyagano - 6/30/2014



Man Of Steel was a film that split comic fans' opinions, and to this day people are still discussing whether it was a good film or not, as well as debating several controversial scenes that happened in the movie. On the Fat Man on Batman podcast with Kevin Smith, comic book artist Neal Adams shared his thoughts on Zack Snyder's Man Of Steel. He  talked about the infamous neck snap scene, "And then at the end, what did he do? He killed a guy. Can’t put his hand over his eyes? I’m just saying…put your hand over his eyes. That would stop it pretty much. One arm is around the throat, put the other hand in front of his eyes. That’s pretty much it. Take him off to the moon or Saudi Arabia or someplace, and finish the battle there.”  He continued, “The other thing that they did too. I don’t know…there’s like a rivet in the back of what-his-name’s head that makes his eyes not move like our eyes can move. Like there are people over there…all I have to do is go like that, and they’re dead. Why are his eyes traveling the movement of his head.”  He certainly raises a good point. Do you guys agree with him?

Neal then talked about the final battle involving Superman and Zod, emphasizing on location. He added," But why were they fighting in Metropolis? I don’t understand…even the Kelvinator movies…I’m sorry I was just joking…the robot movies...Transformers movies, they went to Saudi Arabia to fight. They’re knocking down the Sphinx and stuff, but they’re not so many people. They’re in the middle of nowhere. They could have gone on the moon, but as soon as Superman hits a building, it’s going to fall down. Didn’t we lose 500 people there? It feels weird.” The destruction in the film sparked many debates and was heavily criticized by critics and fans alike, many feeling it was way too much, while others felt it was necessary to show the consequences of two Gods fighting. Does Neal make a valid point?



The artist wasn't too fond of Bryan Singer's Superman Returns either,  “You would think they would be super-sensitive with this movie, and not make those kinds of stupid mistakes. Because the previous movie [Superman Returns] had more Kryptonite than you could ever have and still Superman was alive. You had a whole island of Kryptonite, and then you had him go away for…I don’t know…they said I think six of seven years, they said five years, but he comes back and the kid's…I don’t know…twelve years old. He’s got a bastard son. That changes the plot a whole lot. I don’t understand where that came from. You would think after that movie they would be very careful about what they wrote so you would go, ‘Ah, thank goodness, I’m fine with this now.’ But no, it just made everybody more nervous, while Marvel is doing all these great movies.” What do you guys think? Do you agree with Neal's overall thoughts on both films? Leave your thoughts down below.

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Pasto - 6/30/2014, 3:14 PM
[frick] Neal Adams, give me Neil Diamond.
Pasto - 6/30/2014, 3:16 PM
I honestly don't have the mental stamina to acknowledge the stupidity of this gentlemen's comments.
JoJo1982 - 6/30/2014, 3:19 PM
*face palm*

Brainiac13 - 6/30/2014, 3:19 PM
I love Neal Adams art......he's got a right to speak his mind....even if I don't agree.
TheAbaryMan369 - 6/30/2014, 3:19 PM
lol, somebody has a case of the grumps.
MarkJulian - 6/30/2014, 3:20 PM
Gee,never heard any of this Man of Steel criticism before......novel ideas here.
Brainiac13 - 6/30/2014, 3:20 PM
Love to hear what Nomis has to say...
Pasto - 6/30/2014, 3:20 PM
"But why were they fighting in Metropolis? I don’t understand…"


How many times has it been shown that Zod wanted to have the fight in a populated place?
MercwithMouth - 6/30/2014, 3:22 PM
As much as I don't care about this... Umm... The final fight in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen was in Egypt, NOT Saudi Arabia...
FightingCommander - 6/30/2014, 3:22 PM
Didn't listen to the podcast, but was there some running joke about Saudi Arabia? Because last time I checked, people live there, too. And the Sphinx is in Egypt, not Saudi.
antoineflemming - 6/30/2014, 3:22 PM
Wow. He's as dumb as all the people making that argument. At no point in this movie was Superman in control of this fight until the very end. How was putting his hands in front of Zod's eyes going to stop the fight? Was he just going to sit there forever? There was no prison that could hold Zod, no place that Superman could dump him. There was only one way for it to end, and that was for Zod to die. Superman believably knew of no place where he could put Zod, nor did he have the Kryptonian scientific/engineering experience to be able to build such a place. This guy is a fool.
Pasto - 6/30/2014, 3:25 PM
Antoine
What? Are you sure about that? Are you positive that Superman couldn't have flown away with Zod in his arms to a desert or something?

*Sarcasm*

The people that use that argument are just dumbasses.
JamesMan - 6/30/2014, 3:26 PM
I'm noticing a pattern that the CB artists and writers who hated Man of Steel are over the age of 40 and have a giant hard-on for Silver Age DC (ex.Grant Morrison).
Brainiac13 - 6/30/2014, 3:27 PM
@McN

:)
McNyagano - 6/30/2014, 3:28 PM
Give us a thumps up guys. Well we all know where this is going...

Pasto - 6/30/2014, 3:29 PM
Lol, I have to agree with Girf. Every time someone mentions Superman Returns I feel like leaping off a high building.
AlexanderLykins - 6/30/2014, 3:29 PM
Valid point about the Zod killing situation. Why didn't Zod just move his eyes? I never noticed that.
Pasto - 6/30/2014, 3:30 PM
Netman
That is your opinion though.
ALegendaryPanda - 6/30/2014, 3:31 PM
Here we go again...
JamesMan - 6/30/2014, 3:32 PM
@Netman

That's why I didn't say everyone, I said comic book artists and writers.
Indy - 6/30/2014, 3:34 PM
Ugh Here we go again
JamesMan - 6/30/2014, 3:34 PM
@Alexander

Because it's shown that the beams don't shoot out of the pupils but the whole eye socket meaning they have to move their head to move the beam. The Superman VS Foara/Nam-Ek fight shows that.
DrKinsolving - 6/30/2014, 3:36 PM
I liked Man of Steel.

Superman Returns was horrible, everything from the look of Superman to the story, to the feel of the movie.... One of the reasons I feel like Singer really had a lot of help with X-Men DOFP
BatManHeisenberg - 6/30/2014, 3:36 PM
How would Superman stopped it? Put his hands over it? He might get his hand blown through and the family would have still died. If he flew up, he'd focus on flying for a second and then Zod could have looked down. And yeah just fly outta Metropolis, no big deal Kal, we can fight in a desert! NO. Zod intended to kill. When someone is throwing you through buildings, and is punching you and shit, you're not gonna be able to fly away. And that destruction caused in Metropolis was almost ALL Zod's fault. Superman crashed into a building with Zod and that was it, and also crashed his face into some windows. The rest was Zod's fault.
SuperCat - 6/30/2014, 3:37 PM
F*ck that. He did the right thing by snapping that neck.
JamesMan - 6/30/2014, 3:37 PM
Speaking as someone who listens to Kevin Smith's podcast I really wish he could grow some balls and actually have a discussion about a certain film than just let his guest shoot all over the place about a movie then move to the next subject. I'm guessing he's afraid to say much and offend his guests who are usually people who have worked on comics and were probably like childhood heroes to him.
DrKinsolving - 6/30/2014, 3:39 PM
Zod also basically said he would never stop murdering people and I believed him when he said it. He has no people anymore, his whole role in life was to protect Krypton and there is no krypton. They don't know about kryptonite at this point, so how are they going to build a prison to contain Zod.

I know a lot of people have issues with that scene but you could see Superman didn't want to kill him but Zod didn't really give him a choice, in my opinion
JamesMan - 6/30/2014, 3:39 PM
I think we pretty much saw that those heat beams can tear things apart (Faora's helmet, the building with Zod) so I don't think it would have been wise for Supes to put his hand right in front of one of those beams.
themidnightking - 6/30/2014, 3:39 PM
Community is BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Turk - 6/30/2014, 3:40 PM
LMFAO he's right Superman is a murdering piece of shit!!!! SMH what an epic fail for Warner
DaVinci31 - 6/30/2014, 3:40 PM
"I honestly don't have the mental stamina to acknowledge the stupidity of this gentlemen's comments."

^
JakeMurdock89 - 6/30/2014, 3:40 PM
I don't get how the events in MoS are still hard for some people to understand lol. Until someone comes up with a logical solution of what Supes could have done besides kill Zod please stfu :)
Batmaniac - 6/30/2014, 3:41 PM
"But why were they fighting in Metropolis? I don’t understand…"

Evidently.
JamesMan - 6/30/2014, 3:43 PM
Now I don't remember much from Transformers 2 (thank god) but I'm pretty sure the Autobots had to go there for some plot point purpose and not because of the safety of the people.
TheDufase19089 - 6/30/2014, 3:43 PM



Faora had her hands over Kal's eyes when he did his lazer vision. She quickly moved her hand away in pain. And thats WITH her armor on. If Kal was to hold his hand over Zod they would have burned through quickly. He would have lost his grip on Zod and the family would die.

It would take a few minutes for his hand to heal and during that time Zod would have killed Lois who was nearby and Kal would have lost it and killed Zod anyway.
JamesMan - 6/30/2014, 3:43 PM
By "there" I mean Egypt (not Saudi Arabia).
Batmaniac - 6/30/2014, 3:43 PM
The fact he doesn't even know why they were fighting in Metropolis just goes to show he paid ZERO attention to the movie.
DanteSparda - 6/30/2014, 3:43 PM
I agree with the fact that the heat vision moving without the head moving is wrong.

But!!

-Why would Superman cover Zod's eyes? Just to get his hands burned?

-Zod wouldn't agree to fight anywhere else since his plan was to kill Superman's beloved people (starting with Metropolis).

-What was a better option than to kill Zod? Sending him to the moon will be useless since he will come back flying, beating him unconcius will be useless as well since there isn't a place on earth that could hold him captive (since kryptonite wasn't around).

I think the movie was terrible but obviously the kill scene wasn't the issue.
DrKinsolving - 6/30/2014, 3:43 PM
@JakeMurdock89

Seriously, Zod wants to kill people, he wants to fight in the city, and they did fly to space at one point so the whole "why didn't they fight in the dessert" is bs
JamesMan - 6/30/2014, 3:43 PM
@TheDufase19089

Thank you.
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