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.
Pasto - 6/30/2014, 3:25 PM
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?


The people that use that argument are just dumbasses.
Brainiac13 - 6/30/2014, 3:27 PM

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

grif - 6/30/2014, 3:28 PM
superman returns mentioned in a mos1 article. makes me sad.
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
That is your opinion though.
ALegendaryPanda - 6/30/2014, 3:31 PM
Here we go again...
Indy - 6/30/2014, 3:34 PM
Ugh Here we go again
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
SuperCat - 6/30/2014, 3:37 PM
F*ck that. He did the right thing by snapping that neck.
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
themidnightking - 6/30/2014, 3:39 PM
Community is BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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 :)
Vegeta - 6/30/2014, 3:41 PM
"But why were they fighting in Metropolis? I don’t understand…"

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.
Vegeta - 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.


-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

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
ekrolo2 - 6/30/2014, 3:45 PM
Here we go again.... Even if Superman covered his eyes and sent him to Uranus or some shit, he'd still have to kill him because he has no way of imprisoning Zod. Why the [frick] is this so hard to understand for some people?! Its like everyone turned their brain off after a certain point in the movie and stopped paying attention to shit.
TheDufase19089 - 6/30/2014, 3:45 PM

This isnt a kids show where Goku can leave and the bad guys will follow.

Nor is it like Superman 2 where he gets his butt kicked and flies away. If he had done that Zod would have sucker punched him many times. And If Zod could not find Kal he would not spend time finding him. He would go kill as many humans as possible to bring Kal back.
AlexanderLykins - 6/30/2014, 3:45 PM
Word up! Makes a lot more sense now.
Brainiac13 - 6/30/2014, 3:45 PM


Thank you.
TheDufase19089 - 6/30/2014, 3:46 PM

It was painstakingly clear. People would die.
Brainiac13 - 6/30/2014, 3:46 PM
I'm off to bed.....have fun with this article. :)
DrKinsolving - 6/30/2014, 3:48 PM

DeusExSponge - 6/30/2014, 3:50 PM
Well this got ugly very fast!
CaptainProg - 6/30/2014, 3:52 PM
Wow this guy is an idiot! Man of Steel was awesome and the best superman on screen so far.
Indy - 6/30/2014, 3:55 PM
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