|There ya go.|
The four successors featured in the "Reign of the Supermen" would each be formulated to represent one of Superman's nicknames or titles.
"The Last Son of Krypton" was the Eradicator, a Kryptonian weapon that thought it was a resurrected Kal-El.
"The Man of Tomorrow" was the Cyborg-Superman, a villain who claimed to be a rebuilt Kal-El.
"The Metropolis Kid" was Superboy, a clone of the original Superman (arguably the most popular of the four).
"The Man of Steel" was a black man in a suit of armor. He ended up getting a movie.
|Why, yes, I am including this picture just to brag that I have their debut issues. I'll admit it.|
The character (created by Louise Simonson and Jon Bogdanove) was an instant hit. And since it was the 90's, the decade that would give us the word "toyetic," of course they were going to make a movie. I mean, if they played their cards right, Steel could be the new Batman! But they aimed for Keaton and got Clooney. Uh-oh.
When the project went forward (thanks to the support and money of music producer Quincy Jones), Kenneth Johnson was brought in as the screenwriter/director. Though he had brought us cult hits like Alien Nation, V, and The Bionic Woman, his only film experience before this was when he made Short Circuit 2 and D3: The Mighty Ducks. In short, this thing was doomed even before Shaq got involved.
Oh, did I not mention that? Shaquille O'Neal played the title character. Apparently, he took some acting lessons between basketball games. From what I can tell by his acting, he didn't have much time between games. Shaq was nominated for a Golden Raspberry award for Worst Actor, but lost to Kevin Costner (who would ironically go on to play the dad of a the real Man of Steel). And I have to say, Shaq doesn't deserve a Razzie for this.
The man's a basketball player, not an actor. We shouldn't expect him to be able to act because he shouldn't be acting. Putting an athlete in a superhero movie as a named character only really worked in Guardians of the Galaxy and Spider-Man.
|"To snap into a Slim Jim!"|
Coming up in Part 1, the origin of Tony Stark. But on a budget.