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Thanking Henry Cavill And The Past, Future, And Importance Of Superman

Recently, fans of Superman, superhero movies, and DC Comics got some sad, but unsurprising news. In light of the new regime at Warner Brothers Discovery headed by James Gunn, Henry Cavill will not return to play Superman. This news came less than a month after he made a surprise cameo in a post-credits scene in “Black Adam,” which initially renewed hopes that he would return as part of a new direction for the DCEU.

Now, it seems that same DCEU that initially began with Henry Cavill’s Superman in “Man Of Steel” is officially over.

As someone who saw that movie in theaters the week it came out and was convinced that Cavill was the right man for this icon of icons, I’m quite disappointed, even if I’m not too surprised. I don’t deny that movie had its flaws. I also don’t deny that the DCEU has had many flaws since its inception. It tried very hard to catch up with Marvel Studios. And while it certainly had some hits like “Joker” and “Wonder Woman,” it had far too many misses.

But I’d rather not dwell too much on everything that went wrong with Warner Brothers, DC Comics, and how they went about making these movies. I’m sure there will be plenty more said and revealed in the coming years about how it got to this point. From the origins of “Man Of Steel” to the drama surrounding “Zack Snyder’s Justice League,” I suspect we still only know part of that story.

But regardless of what the full story might be, Henry Cavill and his approach to playing Superman was not the issue. He truly embraced the character. He really did seem to appreciate the spirit and importance of Superman and everything he stands for. Now, someone else will be wearing that iconic costume in the next Superman movie. We can only hope that, whoever it ends up being, he appreciates it just as much as Cavill.

That kind of appreciation for a character is not a trivial matter. I know you could say that about a lot of iconic characters that have made it to the silver screen, but Superman is different. Superman is unique with respect to his place in the world of superheroes, pop culture, and our collective imagination. He represents far more than simply being the prototypical hero by which all modern heroes are measured.

That may just sound like the inherent bias of someone who loves comic books and superhero media, but I promise there’s substance to that sentiment. And whenever I hear Henry Cavill talk about Superman, I get the sense he understands that substance more than most.

To appreciate it, you need only take a step back and look at who Superman is and what he represents. It’s not just that he’s perfect manifestation of our modern heroic ideal. Superman is a character who essentially casts a purifying light on a cynical world. For both the audience, as well as the fictional world he inhabits, he is someone whose power is great, but his motivations are simple.

He just wants to help.

He just wants to do the right thing.

There’s nothing complicated, nuanced, or elaborate. There doesn’t have to be with Superman. He is just a big, strong boy scout. He’ll engage in an epic, multiverse-spanning fight Darkseid one day and save a cat from a tree the next. Both are equally important to him. He doesn’t even see it as being a hero. Being good, being kind, and doing the right thing is just part of who he is.

He wasn’t born on our planet, but he embraces Earth as his home.

He’s not human, but he embodies true goodness of humanity to the utmost.

You can call him corny, basic, overpowered, or any number of things that are born of cynical outlooks. But that doesn’t change who Superman is or why he matters so much. Whether he’s played by Henry Cavill or the late Christopher Reeves, his presence offers light in a world that seems so dark. His inherent goodness reminds us that there’s real power in kindness and compassion.

It doesn’t matter how overpowered he is or how much those powers have changed over the decades. You could keep giving him more and more powers. It still wouldn’t matter. Superman would still use them to help people. He would still use them for good. He’s a direct counter to the notion that power will always corrupts or heroes will always become jaded or bitter. Superman will keep doing what he does. He’ll never let the worst of humanity outshine what makes them good.

That, more than anything, is what makes Superman such an important character. He dares us to believe that doing good is more powerful than any feat of strength. The world might have changed a great deal since his creation in 1938, but the importance of doing good hasn’t. Even if Superman is perfectly good, the world around him is not. And his willingness and ability to do so much good with this vast power he possesses offers others perspective, as well as a beacon for hope that we can be better.

You could argue how much or how little “Man Of Steel” embodied that spirit. But you can’t argue that Henry Cavill embraced the hope that this character embodies. I also believe the world will need that hope for whenever the next Superman movie comes out, whoever ends up playing him.

Superman has endeared for as long as he has because what he stands for still matters. The world today has plenty of issues the likes of which Superman’s original creators, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, never anticipated. We’re a world so divided and torn, struggling to see the forest from the trees at a time when everyone insulates themselves in their own comfortable bubbles. But Superman’s inclination to just help people and do the right thing transcends all of that. The hope he inspires goes beyond arbitrary divisions.

We need that hope now more than ever.

We need a character like Superman to remind us that a man can fly, move worlds, and save the day for no other reason than it’s the right thing to do.

Henry Cavill did his part for this character. For that, an entire generation of fans will be forever grateful.

But as sad as it is to see him move on from the role, let’s be ready to embrace a new version of Superman for a world that still needs him. I certainly am and I hope he can continue being that beacon of hope we’ll always need, inspiring us to both do better and be better.

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Justice League Gods and Monster: An Underrated Animated Gem (And Why DC Comics Should Revisit It)

The following is a video from my YouTube channel, Jack’s World. This video revisits DC’s underrated 2015 animated movie, Justice League: Gods and Monsters. It was a bold movie that dared to retell and revamp the stories of its most iconic heroes, Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman. Both the movie and the comic book tie-ins proved unique in so many ways. And while not much else came from this world, I try to make the case that it’s worth revisiting. Enjoy!

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My Trip To New York Comic Con 2022

As I promised, I’ve compiled some of the videos and images of my trip to the New York Comic Con into a video for my YouTube Channel, Jack’s World. Please note that this is only a fraction of the footage I took. There was just so much to see and so many people to meet. There was just no way I could fit it into one video, but I did my best to make sure it captured the experience. Enjoy!

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Post-New York Comic Con Afterglow Setting In

Yesterday was a damn good day. Defintely a true return to form for the New York Comic Con. After two years of dealing with COVID-19, this felt like a truly complete Comic Con experience. For that, I cannot thank the fine folks who make the New York Comic Con experience possible every year. And I cannot thank enough the wonderful people who attend these conventions to make them so special.

From the comic book creators to the cosplayers to the celebrities to the food vendors to the security guards, I thank you.

This was truly special. As I’m typing this, I am nothing short of exhausted. Between navigating the Jacob Javits Center to traveling to New York City to finding appropriate lodging that won’t render me broke, it’s always quite challenging. But it’s still so worth it.

This year, I had a chance to meet a few of my favorite comic book writers. I managed to get some autographs, as well as a few special variant comics that I fully plan to frame. I met some amazing cosplayers who had some truly remarkable costumes. I also met a major celebrity. I won’t say who it is, but you’ve probably seen him in a several major blockbuster movies.

I’m going to take some time to rest and relax from it all. Then, at some point, I’m going to take the footage I captured and put it in a YouTube video for my channel, Jack’s World. I’m looking forward to sharing it. I’m also already looking forward to attending New York Comic Con next year, as well.

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Heading To New York Comic Con 2022!

It’s finally here!

I’ve been waiting all year for it and with more anticipation than usual!

The New York Comic Con is finally here!

As I’m writing this, I struggle contain my excitement. It’s a familiar feeling I experience every year I’ve gone, but I’m still not tired of it. This year promises to be extra special.

After two years of being bogged down by the COVID-19 pandemic, New York Comic Con is set to return at full strength. That means no reduced capacity and no limited vendors. That means I’ll have to plan extra carefully in order to attend all the panels and get all the autographs I hope to get. But I’m willing to make that effort.

I even have a new costume this year that I can’t wait to show off. It cost me extra to get it customized, but I already feel it’s worth every penny.

So I hope New York is ready for me! Because I’m so ready for this.

New York Comic Con 2022, here I come!

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Batman The Animated Series: The Episode That Perfectly Defines Batman And His Villains

The following is a video from my YouTube channel, Jack’s World. In the spirit of the success of “The Batman,” I decided to do a video about one of my favorite episodes from “Batman: The Animated Series.” It’s an episode that I feel perfectly encapsulates what makes Batman great, as well as his villains. Enjoy!

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The Batman Review: A Different Dark Knight With A Different Greatness

The following is a video from my YouTube channel, Jack’s World. It is my full review of “The Batman.” Please note that this review does contain major spoilers. Enjoy!

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New Comic Book Day December 29, 2021: My Pull List And Pick Of The Week

By now, I think everyone should be fully recovered from their Christmas festivities. Depending on how festive things got, your place might not be entirely clean. Kids and adults alike can make a hell of a mess when they’re excited on Christmas morning. I know this because I’ve made quite a few messes over the years.

Whatever the state of your holiday hangover, today is a momentous day of another kind. It marks the final New Comic Book Day of 2021. For comic book fans, that’s often noteworthy for a number of reasons. The end of the year often coincided with preludes, epilogues, and teasers for what’s to come in the next year. It’s also a chance to look back on everything that happened in the past year and just appreciate it.

Now historically, the last New Comic Book Day of the year has been fairly light in terms of noteworthy releases. You almost never see major milestone issues or the end of major events on this week. More often than no, a lot of filler issues get released this week and that’s perfectly fine. Not every week can be a blockbuster release.

Personally, I’ve often used this week to look back and see which comics or collections are worth adding to my collection before the new year begins. In the same way this week tends to be light on major issues, the first couple months of the new year tend to have major releases that are poised to set the tone. I’m already saving my money accordingly.

For this week, though, I’m content to enjoy the post-holiday afterglow with a simple stack of comics. They don’t have to blow my mind. They just have to help me relax and appreciate the conclusion of another holiday season. For those still recovering from the festivities, I hope this final New Comic Book Day does the same.

Here is my final pull list and pick of 2021. Enjoy and here’s to an awesome 2022.


My Pull List

Action Comics #1038

Amazing Spider-Man #83

DC vs. Vampires #3

Death of Doctor Strange #4

Deathstroke Inc. #4

Detective Comics #1046

Devil’s Reign #2

The Flash #777

Harley Quinn #10

The Joker Presents: A Puzzlebox #14

Justice League #70

Power Rangers #14

Power Rangers Universe #1

Star Wars: Bounty Hunters #19

Superman ’78 #5

Teen Titans Academy #10

Timeless #1

Wastelanders: Star-Lord #1


My Pick Of The Week
Timeless #1

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New Comic Book Day December 22, 2021: My Pull List And Pick Of The Week

When you love comics as much as I do, every New Comic Book Day feels special. Thanks to digital comics through Comixology, waking up on Wednesday morning often feels like Christmas. I get out of bed, grab my iPad, and see a nice collection of new comics to enjoy with my morning coffee. It’s nothing short of heavenly.

However, there are some days that are objectively more special than others. The New Comic Day before Christmas definitely qualifies. This year, the calendar has been extra generous. Today, I get to enjoy a nice batch of new comics. Three days later, it’s actual Christmas. That’s almost too much joy for me to process.

On top of that, comic publishers tend to release extra stuff before Christmas. I think that’s largely a result of many writers, editors, and artists traveling for the holidays. It usually means the week after tends to be pretty light. That only makes enjoying this particular New Comic Book Day more vital.

There’s just something inherently special about reading comics under the light of a Christmas tree. It’s enough to make me feel jollier than Santa himself. In recent years, it has become one of my favorite holiday traditions. I encourage all my fellow comic fans to give it a try. Christmas is already special. Adding comics to the mix only makes it better.

To that end, here is my rather lengthy pull list for this week, as well as my pick. Whatever you’ve got going on today, take some time to really appreciate this day. It’ll make the act of reading comics, as well as the holidays, even more special. Enjoy!


My Pull List

Amazing Spider-Man #82

Avengers #51

Avengers Forever #1

Avengers: Tech-On #5

Batman: One Dark Knight #1

Batman/Catwoman #9

Black Panther #2

Catwoman #38

Grimm Fairy Tales #55

Hawkeye: Kate Bishop #2

Iron Man #15

Justice League Incarnate #2

Kang The Conqueror #5

King Conan #1

The Last Avengers Story: Marvel Tales #1

Ms. Marvel: Beyond the Limit #1

Nightwing #87

Phoenix Song: Echo #3

S.W.O.R.D. #11

Star Wars: Darth Vader #19

Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow #6

Venom #3

Wolverine #19

Wonder Woman: Evolution #2

X-Men: The Trial Of Magneto #5


My Pick Of The Week
Avengers Forever #1

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New Comic Book Day December 15, 2021: My Pull List And Pick Of The Week

In general, I’m not a fan of cold winter weather. If I had enough money, I’d spend the bulk of my winters in a place with a tropical climate where I don’t have to dress in layers. I’ve just lived through one too many ugly winters in my life.

That said, I do really enjoy the winter aesthetic during the holidays. For me, the ideal holiday environment involves some light snow on a cold morning while I sit within the light of my Christmas tree. Nothing feels better than waking up early on this mornings, curling up on my couch with some blankets, and just soaking in the ambience.

Add New Comic Book Day to the mix and it’s nothing short of paradise. As I type this, it is freezing cold out. This might be the coldest morning we’ve had in my area since February. I’m wearing layers and covered in a thick blanket, but I’ve also got my cup of coffee, my iPad, and my Christmas tree in the background. I challenge anyone to find someone as content as I am right now.

If you’re dealing with similar weather right now, I encourage you to use New Comic Book Day and holiday decorations to both warm yourself up and enjoy the winter aesthetic. If you already live in a warm climate, then just enjoy reading comics in your underwear and try not to rub it in.

Whatever the weather or aesthetic, it’s New Comic Book Day. It’s a prefect day to enjoy that special contentment that comic fans know and love. Here is my pull list and pick to help inspire such contentment. Enjoy!


My Pull List

Amazing Spider-Man #81

Batgirls #1

Batman: Urban Legends #10

BRZRKR #6

Eternals #8

Excalibur #26

Future State: Gotham #8

Hulk #2

I Am Batman #4

The Joker #10

King Spawn #5

Miles Morales: Spider-Man #33

Red Sonja: Black, White, Red #5

Robin & Batman #2

Robyn Hood: Hellfire

Savage Avengers #27

Star Wars: The High Republic #12

Teen Titans Academy #9

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #124

Wastelanders: Wolverine #1

Wonder Girl #6

Wonder Woman #782

X-Force #26


My Pick Of The Week
Savage Avengers #27

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